Fermentations – JP007

Fermentations. What do you ferment? Why would you do this? How do you do this?
All these and more answered in JP007 Fermentations. 

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MO 0:00
Peace. I’m Mason Olonade and this is Jìgìjìgì Africulture podcast. Here we believe building a healthy soil builds a healthy soul, and we share strategies for how to do both. We now ask two questions. How do you grow while you grow kale, collards, tomatoes and melons? And why do you think the healthiest soils are black?

MO 0:30
On today’s episode, we’ll be talking about fermentations.

MO 0:36
Fermentations, in our usage is when we use naturally present microbial life, fungi and bacteria to process organic and sometimes inorganic matter into nutrition for our plants and soils. This is done in an anaerobic environment. Without oxygen, these microbes will create an acidified environment That will inhibit the growth of other organisms as they grow. Because these organisms are present everywhere, on your skin, in your gut, on the skin of the fruit digested by your gut. Their secreted acids will initiate the breakdown of complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats into simpler sugars, alcohols and gases, and our context of agriculture. Sometimes these gases will stink. Sometimes they will smell sweet. Either way, we’re smelling life in action. One soil amendment I’ve made has been lactic acid bacteria. I’ll include a link to the webpage that gave me really great directions. This process comes out of the Korean natural farming school of thought. As we remember, they eat their kimchi, some sometimes spicy fermented cabbage dish. They usually stuff all the ingredients into a jar and bear After a period of time they harvested fermented food and eat. Then an interesting thing kept happening. When the women who prepared the food dumped out the kimchi juice on their gardens, the plants that had directly received the ferment grew larger. They told their husbands to investigate this phenomenon and so Korean natural farming was born.

MO 2:25
Despite your curiosity, the question “What can I do with fermentations?” may be the wrong question. For example, in Korean natural farming, once you’ve made your own vinegar, then after a little processing, you can ferment bones and egg shells, thereby extracting out the calcium, potassium, phosphorus in addition to the other trace minerals that make animals big and strong and make that happen for your plants. I fermented grass clippings, aloe, bugs that have landed in that solution and I, Believe, And with this podcast, I advocate for your usage of your own fermented solutions. So, as I discussed in the episode titled compost, this a success, I just lightly discussed the successes I’ve been having with my red bin fermentations I should clarify that only a portion of what is going on in the red bin is fermenting the parts that are below the surface of where the mushrooms or– The those parts are the parts that are below the surface, where the mushrooms that I’m seeing grow, meaning the mushrooms are going on the surface.

MO 3:41
Earlier in the year, I had pruned a rosebush and take it the branches and leaves and put them into a bucket of rainwater and let it sit for about a month. I checked on it frequently, and when it felt complete, I began using it as fertilizer or rather as a supplement for my crops. Initially, I wasn’t sure that anything was going on. But now, my house plans who I’ve wanted with the fermented rosewater, who also have been outside, continue to thrive, grow and grow bigger than they ever have been, and evade insect pressures. This is just one possibility for how you can incorporate fermentations in your soil building strategy.

MO 4:24
Another possibility of incorporating fermentations came to me as I was reading over some of the latest agricultural news, I saw something very interesting. This interesting article reaffirms Me in innumerable ways that outperform the scope of this podcast. The title is migratory, migratory hover flies key as our key as many insects decline. The article published by researchers in the article published by research from the University of Exeter I guess, in the current in Current Biology And then June, June 2019 issue shows how migrant hover fly populations of 4 billion migrate to and from Britain each year. The article goes on discussing how they measured and how this affects agriculture in Britain. I’ve talked lightly about them, but hover flies generally are extreme, or they’re very adept at pollinators. And some of them are quite predatory, where the larva will feed on aphid populations which are enormous pest, generally in agriculture. I have grown them in well as I.

MO 5:42
Well, I’ll just go and what made me so excited about this is that nowhere in the resources that I’ve shared with you any that I’ve read about compost and fermenting specific, and fermenting specifically mentioned how you could grow your own pollinators with your compost.

MO 5:58
The key here is that instead of growing pollinator plants, you can grow pollinators themselves by decomposing, composting and fermenting your own food. So, the proper question may be the same, but with a change in tone. Instead of asking yourself, what can I do with fermentations? Ask yourself, what can I do with fermentation? Let us all become probiotic.

MO 6:36
Let us know what you can ferment and your five star review. When you on you, you leave on your preferred streaming platform. We will save then as we say now, Asante Sana Medase Pa Modupe O. Thank you for listening to Jìgìjìgì