Experience is the best teacher and we know there is a tremendous amount we can learn from those who have lived the farming life and faced its challenges and rewards. We welcome any questions and comments from those who have experience in the field and hope that this will become a forum for sharing lessons we've all learned. Click the button to the right to proceed to our question and discussion forum.
We've also included in this section some advanced farming techniques that we have found interesting and could perhaps generate some conversation.
I have long had a fascination with the effects of mycelium, it's presence in the soil and its effects on plant growth. In the article attached, this relationship is discussed. Testing the relationships between mushrooms and plants will be one of our first research projects at KFF. If you're interested, have a look and let us know if you have any knowledge, experience or questions.
At Kingfisher Farm, we've begun experimenting with improving the microbiology of our soil by growing our own beneficial bacteria. Lactobacillus has been our bacteria of choice to start as it has been proven to promote a soil environment conducive to other positive micro-organisms. Our thinking is to create the foundation for other beneficial bacteria to become involved.
The Study below, done by the University of Ryukyus in Japan, outlines the effects of Lactobacillus on plant growth:
I've included my recipe for Lactobacillus below for those who'd like to give it a try: