Natural Farming ::
Natural farming is an ecological farming approach established by Masanobu Fukuoka (1913 - 2008), a Japanese farmer and philosopher who described his way of farming as 自然農法 (shizen nōhō) in Japanese. It is also referred to as "the Fukuoka Method", "the natural way of farming" or "do-nothing farming".
The title refers not to lack of labor, but to the avoidance of manufactured inputs and equipment. Natural farming can also be described as ecological farming and is related to fertility farming, organic farming, sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, ecoagriculture and permaculture but should be distinguished from biodynamic agriculture.
Natural Farmers use No Pesticides, No Herbicides, No Tillage, No Chemical Fertilizers, No Polution. Farming inputs are made by farmers, from local resources. Natural Farming cares for the crops and livestock according to the “Nutritive Cycle Theory.” It is a theory that enables Natural Farmers to provide inputs according to the changing growth stages of a plant or animal. Natural Farmers apply fertilizer, feed, or prescription precisely according to this cycle.
All Natural Farming inputs are made by the farmers utilizing only natural materials. Even though Natural Farmers do not use chemicals sold in the market, their inputs have enough effect to supercede them.
Natural Farmers Natural Inputs include:
- Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) which improves soil condition and health.
- Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) is made by fermenting plant parts in brown sugar for hormone concentration.
- Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) is a herbal nutrient made from herbs valued in oriental medicine
- Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB),
- Fish Amino Acid (FAA),
- Water-soluble Calcium (WCA),
- Water-soluble Calcium Phosphate (WCP), and
- Insect Attractant (IA).
Natural Farming Recipe's
Natural Farmers Theory and Methods
Fukuoka distilled natural farming into five principles:
Principally, natural farming minimises human labour. Without plowing, seeds germinate well on the surface if site conditions meet the needs of the seeds planted there. Fukuoka used the presence of spiders in his fields as a key performance indicator of sustainability.
Han Kyu Cho
The dedicated work of Dr. Hoon Park brought Natural Farming to Hawaii. Dr. Park was in South Korea doing missionary work and noticed commercial piggeries with virtually no smell that were using
Natural Farming methods. As he learned more about these practices, he realized that they could help eliminate hunger and poverty in extremely poor parts of the world. He came back to Hawaii, his
home, and began giving classes for free.
Natural Farming is unique in that it is not meant to be commercialized,
but rather practiced by individual farmers, with cheap, easily available ingredients, and microbes or mycorrhizae indigenous to each locale.