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Letters From Steve Apr 2017

By: Steve Frailey Wednesday April 12, 2017 comments Tags: earth day, organic farming, sustainable farming

Happy Earth Day from Hawaiian Organic Noni!

Earth Day is April 22 and everyday of the year here on the farm.

Every April Newsletter I like to share the organic principles that we have practiced for over 35 years in honor of Earth Day. As an organic farmer, I am simply mimicking what Nature has done for millennia on the forest floor. From personal experience over many years, we have learned some little tricks that really enhance these organic practices on our family organic Noni farm.

What we do daily on a very large scale, you may simply apply on a small scale in your own backyards. On our Organic Farm & Wellness Tour, we spend at least a half an hour going over what we have found to be very beneficial over our 35 years of organic farming. The principles that we use on a very large scale, may also be applied on a single ornamental potted plant, landscaping around your yard, fruit trees in your yard, or in your garden.

Besides being more Earth-friendly than chemical fertilizers & pesticides, organic principles work with nature and the organisms in the soil to build healthier soil and healthier plants.

Food for thought: Chemical Fertilizers are manufactured using various chemical compounds such as ammonia. What happens to you if you drink ammonia? You die. What do you think happens to the living organisms in the soil when you apply chemical fertilizers with ammonia? The organisms in the soil are very fragile and the harsh chemicals destroy them, too. A chemical fertilizer might be a short-term, quick way to feed a plant, but the real long term effect is less healthy soil and less healthy plants.

When a person has a weak immune system, various diseases or problems can arise. In my experience, the same thing applies to any living plant or tree. A healthy plant or tree that has a strong “immune system” keeps diseases and insects away, because they will seek out an easier meal from a weaker plant. Supporting plants with chemical fertilizers and pesticides only helps in the short term. In the long term, the weaker soil will result in plants with weaker “immune systems,” requiring the application of more and more of these harmful chemicals.

The bottom line: Organic principles nurture the organisms in the soil, build healthy living soil and feed healthy living plants. Using organic principles just keeps making a better and better environment for healthy living soil, just as nature does naturally in the forest. Again, organic principles are really simply mimicking what Nature does naturally 24/7 in the forest. Leaves and branches fall to the forest floor and create mulch on the ground. Worms are in the forest soil to break these down into top soil and feed the plants in the forest. It’s a very simple system that works. 
On our farm, we have “learned” by trial and error how to mimic and enhance this process to grow abundant, nutritious noni from extremely healthy trees.

Have a happy Earth Day and remember to spend some time every day growing healthier plants.

- Steve

Steve Frailey

About the Author: Steve Frailey

My wife and I (Steve Frailey) moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1982 from our organic farm in California. There were no roads, electricity, water or buildings but lots of Noni trees (Morinda Citrifolia) in our valley. We also developed a deep relationship with Noni that was growing all through our valley.  Today we run our Hawaiian Organic Noni farm, and share the gift of health with people throughout the world.