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Giant Pomelo!!! Grown with Effective Microorganisms and natural farming systems
Kids love to pick fresh organic vegetables during their field/educational tours!
At the farm, we practice sustainable integrated natural farming. We have mixed ‘n matched various farm techniques to achieve better results.
Firstly, we have adopted the teachings of Japanese farming technology from Dr. Terou Higa using Effective Micro Organisms (EM). We inoculate beneficial microbes into the soil, which combat harmful ones. It makes the soil porous and attract earthworms that eventually dig the soil for us. Hence, 'no-till' farming is attained.
The number of beneficial microbes that are present in a bottle of EM-1 is around 80 different species, making it the most complete and most widely use inoculant in the world. It is estimated that 150 countries has already adopted the use of EM Technology. One of them- The Philippines. Some of the the group of microbes that can be found in a bottle of EM-1 are Lactic Acid Bacteria, Actinomycetes, Photosynthetic Bacteria, Yeast and Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria.
EM Technology is truly the 'lifeline' of our farm. Without it, Costales Nature Farms will not exist and will not become successful. We use the EM technology in crop production as soil conditioner, microbial inoculant, foliar spray, composting agent and fertilizer.
Also, we use EM in our poultry and livestock as pro-biotic(mixed with their drinking water) and to control odor. We do not use antibiotics and no vaccines either. Moreover, we use EM to make mud balls, which in turn, use to clean the bottom of the fish ponds for our aquaculture.
Furthermore, EM is use in our fermentation process of different organic fertilizers such as Bokashi, EM fermented plant extract, EM fermented fish extract and EM fermented fruit juice. Our best pest botanical repellents are also made with the use of EM.
Finally, we use EM in our different composting like vermi composting, earobic composting anaerobic composting like the fermented kitchen garbage.
We combined the Japanese technology into the Korean Natural Farming system mentored by Dr Han Kyo Cho. We ferment our own organic fertilizers, foliar sprays and insect repellents ie. Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ), Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ), Fish Amino Acid(FAA), Foliar Calcium, Calcium Phosphate, Oriental Herbal Nutrients (OHN).
We also brew compost and harvest compost tea for foliar supplements. In integrated natural farming, we utilize the by-product of every farm produce (waste) for the feeding requirements of other farm products.
For example, our organic pigs feed on excess veggies and other plant by-products eg. Corn stalks, banana leaves/trunks, which in turn provide us meat and additional income. Moreover, we collect the pig manure and feed it into our worms – African Night Crawlers (ANC). We also have a lot of rabbits. Rabbit's manure is the highest source of (N)itrogen among all other animals, which is very essential in growing high value leafy veggies. The rabbit meat(white meat) is also the highest source of protein among all animal meat. Moreover, the meat has the lowest bad cholesterol level compared to other animal meat.
The vermi, which are considered the best “composting machines” eats the manure and other farm leftovers to provide the best quality of organic fertilizer since the substrate we use were all pre-composted with the use of EM.
The vermicast (worm castings) and bokashi are our primary source of fertilizer for our salad greens, cash crops and perennial crops. Vermi meal (worm meat) is occasionally being fed into tilapia and other livestock as supplement to their protein requirement. Vermi has the highest level of crude protein content at 69%. The entire process is a complete food cycle and very sustainable.
Duckweed - this is our plant-based protein source for our fish, poultry and livestock. They can double their mass in just a matter of 2 days! You will not need the costly soya meal or commercial feeds if you have duckweed production. A kilo of duckweed can fill a hectare of pond in 56 days. The crude protein of duckweed is 35% to 45%.
Garbage Recycling - A "zero waste" farming is a vital characteristic of a sustainable natural farming. Kitchen garbage are all fermented and converted into a very potent organic fertilizer. We start by collecting kitchen garbage then mixing it with bokashi and fermenting it in an airtight container or pail for 15 days. After 15 days, we complete the decomposition by burrowing and lining it at the center of our garden bed and covering with soil for another 15 days. After which, transplanting of seedlings shall immediately follow.
Learn how we did it from the backyard organic gardening into full grown, commercial scale integrated natural farming.
A "must-attend' training for both newbie and experienced farmers who are planning to engage or expound their knowledge on natural farming techniques.
His 3rd award in a row!
Mr. Ronald C. Costales, the Chief Technology Officer of Costales Nature Farms, Inc. has again bagged the 2011, MOST OUTSTANDING ORGANIC AGRICULTURIST OF THE PHILIPPINES award given by Rotary Club of Cubao East, District 3780 and Rotary Intl.
Ronald, was also recently awarded as the Most Outstanding Organic Farmer of Laguna and entire region IV by the Dept of Agriculture, Gawad Saka, 2011.
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