Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Tidwell
Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Tidwell

Korean Natural Farming Workshop

Jul 30, 2024, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, at Erickson Fields

Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host a free, hands-on Korean Natural Farming Workshop to teach farming techniques including making natural fertilizers and soil microbial inoculants. The workshop will be held at Erickson Fields Preserve (164 West St in Rockport) from 2:00-4:00 PM on Tuesday, July 30 (rain date July 31).

Aaron Englander, Associate Director of Stewardship at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields, will demonstrate Korean Natural Farming (KNF), an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing external inputs.  Developed by Master Han Kyu Cho in South Korea, KNF echoes many of the principles central to Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming technique as well as Permaculture. This two-hour, hands-on workshop will present practices of KNF and adaptations to the Northeast US through live demos of various Natural Farming bio-fertilizers and nutrients.  Workshop attendees will learn to make KNF inputs.  KNF is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gardening to large scale livestock operations. The goal of the workshop is for attendees to leave equipped with the knowledge to implement some KNF practices on their own farm or garden.

What to bring
Bring a notepad, pen, water, and sunscreen.

How to register
Sign up for one or both workshops. Space is limited and registration is required.
Register here

About the presenter

Aaron Englander, Interim Farm Preserves Director

Aaron Englander is the Interim Farm Preserve Director of Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields, educational farm preserves managed and owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Englander learned Korean Natural Farming through an intensive workshop led by Master Han Kyu Cho, the originator of KNF, and working on a polyculture fruit farm in Hilo, Hawaii which implements KNF techniques.  Currently, Englander utilizes KNF inputs and techniques at Erickson Field Preserve. Over the years, Englander has led KNF workshops for NOFA (New England Organic Farming Association), PASA (Pennsylvania Sustainable Ag. Association), and the University of Maine. Englander has an M.S. from UMaine in Plant and Soil Science and has published research on the subject.