One of the central purposes of Hayfork Cooperative is to educate and advocate for sustainable agriculture in the garden and farm. A Hayfork area practitioner of one fascinating kind of farming using this approach, Matheus Malavaz, will be describing the Korean Natural Farming method. Matheus has been doing this successfully using no outside inputs. This timely Hayfork Cooperative meeting will be held at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 State Hwy. 3 in Hayfork from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday,
While the United States government continues to push for chemically-intensive, corporate dominated, monoculture farming methods the United Nations Trade and Environment review of 2013, entitled ‘Wake-up Before it’s Too Late’, endorsed by 100 countries, calls for a paradigm shift toward sustainable regenerative agricultural production systems using a holistic approach to the land. The Korean Natural Farming (KNF) does this, integrating traditional farming and modern scientific insights. It is increasingly popular in over 30 Asian countries. Among other benefits is KNF’s use of home-grown indigenous soil microbes that enhance the potential of the ecosystem in which the crops are grown. Potential benefits include increased rates of soil organic matter decomposition, increased nutrient availability, improved plant yield, and reduced pathogenic microorganisms and an increase in plant defenses. And Matheus has lots more to tell us about this method of farming.
Also on hand will be very informative materials about how KNF and other organic natural methods of growing result in significantly better nutrition in the crop, be it vegetable or animals fed on vegetation grown with this consciousness. Furthermore, many including the the United Nations state that if the world’s people and its rapidly expanding population are to be adequately, nutritiously fed, this small and family farms way of thus providing is essential. Another organization diligently promoting agroecology and defending local seeds is La Via Campesina. Established in 1993 now composed of 183 local and national organizations, operating in 81 countries and all together having over 200 million members. They point out that women produce 70 % of the food produced on Earth, and they defend women’s rights and gender equality. See www.viacampesina.org. and tv.viacampesina.org for great videos of their activities around the world.
Here in Trinity County too many of our streams and soils are being contaminated by farmers who grow in annually imported mediums composed too often of industrial ag wastes and artificial chemicals, and who apply quantities of pesticides, some even so toxic that they are outlawed in this country, and all are against Trinity County’s pesticide policy, which government agencies locally honor. These same growers too often disrespect wildlife and native vegetation here. We welcome Matheus Malavaz with his respectful, cheaper and productive method of growing and hope that you will come to learn from him. All are welcome to the free event.