Chris is a world-renown Korean Natural Farmer (KNF) and the first to use KNF on a large-scale farm.
Chris Trump grew up farming a variety of different crops and livestock using conventional and organic farming methods. In 1988, his family took over a 800-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii and they are still farming it today. On this farm, Chris learned the in’s and out’s of farming. One of the biggest obstacles in their macadamia nut farm was the cost of importing herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers all the way to Hawaii. The cost of shipping was stripping the family farms revenue. This sparked Chris Trump’s search for a solution that not only would be cost-effective but would increase production and profits so they could continue to pay their employees a living wage.
In 2005, the Trump farm had an infestation of green stink bug that led to an 80% crop failure. The Trumps were desperate for a solution to save their family farm and recoup their losses. They had to sell all of their farm equipment, they were going to lose their house as collateral and had to lay off all of their employees. Chris’ family was able to buy back a few pieces of equipment with the crop insurance check they received and rehire a skeleton crew. Before the stink bug infestation, half of the trees were conventionally farmed and half were organic. Since the conventionally farmed trees were more profitable they just focused on the conventional trees, they let the organic trees go fallow.
Then Chris heard about a Korean Natural Farming seminar held in Hawaii, so he went. The Korean Natural Farming (KNF) techniques were completely opposite to conventional methods. For example, they recommended uprooting a tree that you would transplant, cut down the taproot and let the tree dry out a few days before replanting. The KNF premise seemed radical, but Chris had noticed from observing nature that it just might work.
So, Chris started on his journey in Korean Natural Farming. Chris experimented using KNF inputs and solutions on a small portion of the diseased trees in his families orchard. The results were astounding. The trees would typically be counted a loss in conventional agriculture as we don’t have a method for remediating this type of disease, however with the application of Natural Farming methods we experienced recovery of the diseased trees and they eventually thrived.
After seeing the success of KNF, the Trump family switched all of their organic macadamia nut orchards into KNF methods. Before, their organic trees were yellowed and not performing as well as their conventionally farmed trees. But once they started using Korean Natural Farming methods, those trees started to outperform the conventional ones. Macadamia nut trees that would usually be cut down because they were diseased and unable to recover, were thriving and producing abundantly. KNF solutions changed the fate of the Trump farm.
Korean Natural Farming has enabled the Trump macadamia nut farm to become certified organic, for about half the price of traditional organic inputs. Chris Trump is passionate about sharing how Korean Natural Farming has transformed his farm and how it is a game-changer for producing crops that are incredibly nutrient-dense and sustainable.
Chris Trump is the first person to use Korean Natural Farming techniques on a large-scale farm. He is the creator of the latest version of liquid IMO and he has perfected the KNF inputs and solutions so that they are incredibly effective and adapted to the Hawaii and mainland USA. Chris wants to walk alongside you on this KNF journey. He will help your farm/garden be successful, just like his.
In 2012 Leighton set up a small scale aquaculture system with 100 tilapia at Rodale Institute. He worked with Dr. Elaine Ingham, a world renowned soil biologist, blending his by-products with traditional compost and worm castings to prove the value of aquatic ecosystems by-products and how they can reduce the need for synthetics on the environment. For eighteen months, Leighton studied the art of composting, compost tea brewing, extract making and vermaculture to complete the proof of concept work necessary. By combining these products/ techniques and applying them to his knowledge of machines and forces, he was able to develop processing equipment to produce the end products that Kingdom Aquaponics™ is now offering.
Leighton then joined forces with James Sottilo of Ecological Landscape Management, a nationally recognized pioneer in organic land and tree care. Together they vetted the product while continuing to improve it with the tried and tested methods that James has implemented in his work. Leighton has successfully scaled up production three times over without compromising quality.
Efren founded MycoRoots in 2002, a consulting company dedicated to provide expertise and increase the knowledge on the benefits of mycorrhizal fungi and their ecology, its assessment and management to private land owners, mycorrhizal fungal inocula producers, plant growers, farmers, environmental consultants, plant restoration companies, landscape architects, golf course superintendents. He has teaching and research experience, published in peer review journals and lecturer in international forums.
Chip’s natural strategies blend science with
hands on experience to create safe, sustainable, and healthy athletic fields and landscapes that do not involve the use of synthetic pesticides and chemical based fertilizers.
As a national consultant, Chip works with state agencies, municipalities, universities and nonprofit organizations in the areas of organic turf management and pesticide elimination.
Chip is the president of Osborne Organics, LLC, a company he founded to support and educate the land care industry and public sector in alternative approaches to turf management.
Through MYC.NYC, an educational outreach resource he established in 2018, Craig provides people with knowledge and resources to recognize and apply benefits that fungi have to offer our health, environment, and society. Aside from his work as an educator, Craig’s research focuses on how the qualitatively regenerative principles and techniques of permaculture can be combined with the quantitatively powerful tools of molecular and synthetic biology to paint a picture of the deeper ecological connections throughout nature that are facilitated by our microbial world. Through this research Craig believes novel approaches for bioremediation, carbon sequestration, and regenerative agriculture can be made reality.
With a focus on the relationships between ecological function and environmental health, Leif explores the synergistic interactions between plants, fungi and other domains of life, and how these factors can be leveraged for increased soil health, landscape resilience and ecological abundance. He is on a life long journey to create a more coherent synthesis of the various realms of the natural sciences in order to create a better understanding of landscape health, the interrelations of living organisms and our own role as humans in the biosphere.
Currently, Leif operates Integrated Land Enhancement LLC, advising clients on research design, environmental sampling, data interpretation, organic waste management, soil health and more. He also teaches extensively on topics ranging from bioremediation, leveraging fungi in land management, mushroom cultivation, and the influences of plants on their surrounding environment.
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