Well thanks to my wife Heidi (Farmer Frau) I have a new and very nice GoPro HD camera. Now I am able to start making videos of a higher quality to share with everyone here. So sit back, click a few links below, and enjoy.
If you have any questions about the videos, just drop me a line in the Contact section and I will get right back to you.
Best Wishes All!!
This is just a short show and tell about leaving your Bokashi Composted wastes from your Soil Generator in the soil for a bit longer for the purpose of having the worms come into the pile and
work the materials through their gut and make vermicompost - or Vermi-Kashi. A lot of times I use my Composted Fermented Wastes shortly after they are finished in the bucket or ground; however,
this time I left them longer (and with the addition of some rain making the correct moisture content) the worms returned to the pile and made for an even better soil. Vermicompost (worm poop or
worm compost) is a gold standard compost that is sought out and paid for in the stores by many gardeners. Using Bokashi Composting and being a bit more patient than the standard 2 week burial
phase, you can have vermicast/vermicompost for free.
This video is just and additional idea show and tell - trying to broaden the ideas and uses of Bokashi Composting. I hope you enjoy and that it helps you and your family in their gardening efforts.
This video demonstrates Korean Natural Farming techniques to produce Water Soluble Calcium and Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate. Calcium deficiencies show up in several forms such as fungal
disease on plant surfaces, in the soil, and blossom end rot in several vegetable varieties.
The lack of calcium can be caused by PH imbalance, Calcium/Magnesium ratio issues, and improper watering problems. The typical solution is to add one of the many powdered forms of mineral calcium to the soil; however, this is not water soluble and can take weeks before the effects become apparent. Soil microbiology has to break the mineral down and cycle the nutrient into a plant available form. If your microbiology is weak or lacking then the plant suffers.
The Korean Natural Farming method presented here is an alternative to buying and using store bought chemical liquid formulas. As is the case with most Natural Farming inputs, Water Soluble Calcium and Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate can be made at home with no special tools using off the pantry shelf items that are non-toxic and safe enough to supplement livestock's nutritional needs as well as the plant's needs.
Here is an alternative method to burying Bokashi Fermented Food Wastes. The "Soil Generator" is simply any container with and open top and typically an open bottom and it allows you to compost
the collected food waste in a manner that requires not digging or trenching. It is great for people with little or no space, for people who want to convert their food wastes into soil without
disturbing an existing planted area, who are elderly or infirm, and for those who live in appartments/ dormatories/ condos, etc.. If you have no bare soil or soil with weeds/grass to set an open
bottom generator on, you can simply fill any container's bottom with 2-3 inches of soil matter to simulate setting an open bottom generator on the ground and continue the process the same way
In 2-3 weeks time, the soil can be harvested and uses in gardens as top/side dressing without disturbing plants, can be made into potting soil for flowers and ornamental plants, or simply plant directly into your container to begin a container garden. The Soil Generator concept expands the capabilities and uses of Bokashi Composting thereby making the technique and technology available to a wider a range of people - especially those with little time, limited space, limited physical capabilities, or other short resources.
This is a short show and tell follow up to my Bokashi Soil Generator video. Here we check the progress of our 25 lbs of buried Bokashi Fermented wastes after two weeks to see the outcome. The system is small and efficient enough for for everyone to use regardless of your environment (ie Apartment, Condo, Dormatory, Urban environment).
One of the largest failures in composting is related to moisture. Too little and nothing breaks down, too much and things can putrefy and go anaerobic. In Bokashi Composting the latter issue is not a problem because the process "Pickles" or "Preserves" the food wastes; however, we do want to manage the moisture and liquid content properly. In this video I demonstrate how you can compost straight liquids with just a bit of preparation and expand the possibilities and capabilities of your Bokashi System. Stop throwing away soups, sauces, drinks - everything liquid. With Bokashi Composting there should be no reason why anything coming out of your refrigerator should ever go the landfill.
In my first video "How To Make Biochar," I teach you the basics of how to make your own Biochar (Terra Preta) at home in a small scale TLUD system. You also learned how to build a Toucan TLUD
from common inexpensive materials, learned how to "charge" the Biochar so that it immediately contributes to and improves soil quality.
This video picks up where the first leaves off by teaching you how to modify and improve your TLUD system to make it more efficient. Using either method, the Biochar, when mixed with Bokashi Compost - IMO - (or any soil), will help you improve its quality, increase fertility, biodiversity, and reduce water consumption and costs. Incorporate Biochar into your ProKashi Bokashi Wheat Bran composting system for incredible long lasting results.
Here is a video by EARTHPROBIOTIC that talks about how they use Bokashi in their free range chicken farm and the benefits of it. These guys are not trying to sell you anything or make money by pushing Bokashi; they are in the business of chickens and business is good acording to them. Pretty interesting stuff, have a look for yourself.
This is a video that I am excited about and have been wanting to make for a while now. Here I will show you how to use Korean Natural Farming techniques to capture, cultivate, preserve, and use Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) in your home. LAB is one of several KNF inputs that is used to help reduce odors, reduce/eliminate/out populate pathogens in the soil, on the leaf surface, and in the digestive tract of your farm animals and pets. This facultative microbe is a natural, indigenous, organic, non-GMO organism this is simply amazing and highly effective. We use it every day and do not even realize it; quite simply, with out it we would not be alive.
There are several sources that describe in writing and pictures how to do the process; however, I have not found one video that show step by step the "How and Why" of making your own Lacto. Many thanks to the teachers whom I have never met (Master Cho of Cho Global Natural Farming, Mr Gill Carrandang of Herbana Farms - Philipinnes, Mrs Kim C.S. Change of Hawaii, Dr Hoon Park, MD (retired) Hawaii). Their writings have allowed me to learn, use, and now show you all the technique.
This video is a progress report of the IMO3 fermentation that was demonstrated previously. I show the progress of the traditional method and demonstrate how I get the IMO3 to grow even in
I show how the IMO2 strained leftovers were used in a compost bin and began growing strongly. While not following a traditional method, we see that the IMO3 process can be tweaked in that the microbes were not multiplied on mill run or rice bran; but rather on compost. In essence, I jumped straight from IMO2 materials straight to IMO4 (microbes mixed with soil and fermented).
I apologize for the the quality of the video/audio, my GoPro is in Europe with my Wife right now.
Thanks for watching, for all of your emails, and for all of your words of encouragement.
How to capture, cultivate, preserve, and use Indigenous Microorganisms - IMO - using the techniques of Korean Natural Farming. Using materials readily at home or off of the grocery store shelf I
will demonstrate step by step the process. Indigenous Microorganism are collected and used to re-populate the soil's micro-sphere and the plant's surfaces - bringing them back into balance. This
balance serves as the foundation for a healthy soil biology, productive nutrient recycling, and optimized plant growth/production. IMO are naturally occurring, indigenous, non-GMO, organic
microbes from bacterial and fungal sources that have uniquely evolved to thrive in your particular area. They can be cultivated to even support specific plants and crops. Through "Bio-Mimickery"
you can use IMO to work with nature and achieve results in the garden and its soil in days/weeks/months that would take years/decades - even centuries - otherwise.
There are several sources that describe in writing and pictures how to do the process; however, I have not found one video that shows step by step the "How and Why" of making your own Indigenous Microbes.
Here, finally, is Part 2 of Korean Natural Farming - IMO. Sorry for the delay to all of you who have written and asked. Part 2 carries on with a short re-cap of the first video and then proceeds on to the storage/stabilization of IMO2, the "Formula" or mixture ratio of IMO: Water, discussion of additional traditional KNF inputs such as Oriental Herbal Nutrient/Fermented Plant Juice/Brown Rice vinegar, etc. I teach you how to judge the moisture content of the IMO3 mixture without the use of any meter or gadget. The most common failures in gardening, composting, and KNF stem from either too much or too little moisture; this one simple technique will help you avoid this.
This is the last in the series on how to capture, cultivate, preserve, and use Indigenous Microorganisms - IMO - using the techniques of Korean Natural Farming. Using materials readily at home or off of the grocery store shelf I will demonstrate step by step the process. Indigenous Microorganism are collected and used to re-populate the soil's micro-sphere and the plant's surfaces - bringing them back into balance. This balance serves as the foundation for a healthy soil biology, productive nutrient recycling, and optimized plant growth/production. IMO are naturally occurring, indigenous, non-GMO, organic microbes from bacterial and fungal sources that have uniquely evolved to thrive in your particular area. They can be cultivated to even support specific plants and crops. Through "Bio-Mimickery" you can use IMO to work with nature and achieve results in the garden and its soil in days/weeks/months that would take years/decades - even centuries - otherwise.
Korean Natural Farming input IMO4, also known as BIM or Beneficial Indigenous Microbes. A short show and tell about it and a demonstration of what it looks like.
Here I will show you how to make compost tea at home using inexpensive off the shelf parts and technology. Part 1 discusses the theory behind the process, the compost materials, and how to build
a brewer for less than $20.00 at home. Online brewers sell for hundreds if not for thousands of dollars and try to sell you their inputs and magical mixtures. My intent is to demystify and bring
the benefits of compost tea to your home in a down to earth, simple, and affordable manner. If you do nothing else, compost tea will allow you to grow better, healthier, safer fruits and
vegetables while at the same time building the soil and its biology.
I apologize in advance for the poor sound quality, that is why I took the time to add captioning. The information is good even if my recording capabilites were not the best that day.
Part 2 is recorded; but, I am still adding captioning so it will be a few more days still please bear with me until then.
Fall is the time of the year to rehabilitate your garden soils and prepare them for your next winter crop or fallow them until the spring. In this video I will show you how and why I use a cover crop of nitrogen fixing legumes; how to judge the nitrogen content of the soil using the cover crop; and how to add Bokashi Compost to the bed - either directly from the fermenting bucket or from a "soil generator" - to increase the organic matter content, biological diversity, and nutrient value of the soil.
Here is the 30 day follow up to my first video on Rehabilitating Garden Soils. In this episode I will demonstrate the use of planting a leguminous cover crop for the purpose of fixing free nitrogen into into the soil as a natural fertilizer. I will show what "fixed" nitrogen nodules look like on the plant roots, explain how to cut down the cover crop and leave it in place as a green manure. I also illustrate the use of adding ProKashi Bokashi Wheat Bran, Fermented Biochar, and IMO4 derived from Korean (Cho Global) Natural Farming Techniques as additional tools aiding in the rebuilding and restructuring of raised bed and garden soils. Enjoy!!
Bokashi Composting is designed to increase the soil's microbial activity and improve its physical qualities. Biochar is a type of charcoal that is designed to be turned into the ground. The physical properties of Biochar cause it to resist breaking down; therefore, it will stay in the soil for hundreds of years if not longer. While it is in the ground it improves the soil's characteristics breaking up hard soils and clay, It adds virtually indestructible carbon matter which has a high surface area for beneficial bacteria and fungi to grow; it is adsorbent and attracts and holds minerals/nutrients/and water; Biochar also helps adjust the soil PH. Like Bokashi Composting, Biochar grows life within the soil by giving the microbes a place to stay. With soo many attractive qualities one has to ask "Where can I get some?" I personally have never seen it in any store before and the charcoal that is commonly sold is designed not for soil amending - it is made at different temperatures than Biochar, it has fillers/binders and accelerates which are harmful to the plants and microorganisms, and it is designed as a fuel.
Biochar, also known as Terra Preta, is what supported the indigenous tribes and civilizations of the Amazon Basin thousands of years ago. The Biochar that was made then is still in the soil unchanged now and continues to support incredible growth in an otherwise poor and depleted soil. The Indians didn't have a garden center or big box store back then and were able to make Biochar with no problems. Now you can have the same opportunity to do the Amazon tribes did - on a smaller scale - after watching this video. The biggest difference with how I will show you how to make Biochar is that the process is much cleaner and safer environmentally. We will be recucling scrap wood/carbon materials, burning them in a pyrolytic process, producing clean exhaust gases, all while reducing or sequestering carbon and carbon dioxide gas.
Do your own research on Terra Preta/Biochar and see for yourself the science and benefits of the process which are beyond the scope of this video. After viewing this video; however, you will be able to take part in, experiment with, and expand upon Biochar production, it uses, and reap its benefits for your family and yourself.
Here is a followup video to "Bokashi In a Raised Bed Buried 6 Weeks Ago." My first video was made March 22, 2011 and demonstrate how well the soil in my raised bed was amended and how fast the food waste broke down even in cold conditions.
This video revisits the same bed 6 months later, after a full summer of tomato plants and drought. I found and interesting phenomenon OUTSIDE of the bed; the beneficial microbes and micro/macro flora had actually tilled the hard clay soil for me without me asking. This effect was completely unanticipated and unexpected but greatly appreciated. Just another example showing one of the many benefical effects of Bokashi Composting.
Here is the very first video that I made demonstrating the positive effects of Bokashi Composting in a raised bed. The soil shows good tilth and aggregate; you can see how fast and completely the Bokashi waste broke down even in cold March conditions. Observe the worms that moved in and how many there were in such a small area indicating healthy living soil conditions.
I had a few raised beds that I started with Bokashi Compost right out of the bucket and into three boxes. Two of the boxes were not getting enough sunlight so I moved the first and was pleasantly surprised at what I found. So to share my findings, I recorded moving the second one. This was May 11, 2011 at 7 pm; even then, it was still 90F. Looking at the soil and all of the activity in it, you would never be able to tell.
These boxes were started 4-5 weeks ago, straight on the ground, and I placed cardboard on the bottom to try and keep down the weeds. The only thing left of the cardboard was the packing tape, the fermented food waste was broken down into a moist, rich, erthy smelling compost.. One full 25 lb bucket of fermented Bokashi Compost was mixed with a little finished compost I had in the back yard, placed in the bottom of the box, and covered with some more soil. Thats it, no turning, no green to brown C/N ratio.
Most gardening books say that 1 cubic foot of soil is considered very healthy with 10-12 worms. What happens when you get that many per handful? You have Bokashi Compost.
Here is Part 1 of a 2 part video on how to select, start, maintain, and troubleshoot a bokashi bucket. You can see some similar information in the Bokashi University section of this site. You will watch me throw everything but the kitchen sink in this bucket - things that you would not expect to compost in a standard method. Being able to compost everything means you should have to throw away nothing. In return that means more compost and soil on the back end to keep your garden or plants healthier and more productive. The best part is that your neighbors won't believe you when they ask how you do it.
Be sure to switch this to HD by selecting 1080P in the lower right corner of the window!
Here is Part 2 of the video on how to select, set up, maintain, and troubleshoot a Bokashi Composting bucket. I included a short section at the end to show a working bucket as well. I wanted to not only show you what a working bucket looks like, I wanted to plant the idea in your mind that you can use anything you have at hand that was once alive. In my case I had some crab apples in the yard so I threw them in and they fermented great.
I also do Vermicompost and I know that the worms LOVE fruit like apples. I can't wait to put that bucket in the ground and become a homemade worm farmer.
In this video we will take fermented Bokashi Compost from the anaerobic collection phase to the aerobic burial phase. I will demonstrate what a successful fermentation looks like, drain the Bokashi Juice, prepare a site, and bury the compost; demonstrating how fast and easy the process really is.