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Family Transforms Weedy 1.5 Acre Lot into Fruitful Organic Farm

August 22, 2019

Alright this is John Kohler with
Today we have another exciting episode for you and where I am today is probably the last
farm that I’ll be visiting on this trip to Miami area. I’ll actually head out of town
back home tomorrow, so I’ll be glad to get back to my garden, get my hands in my dirt
instead of visiting farms and get my hands in the dirt and getting dirty, I like getting
dirty. But in any case today we are at a blue horizon farm and this is the unique farm.
Number one this is a one and a half acre farm. Number two this is a new farm, so they have
only started about a couple or three years ago and they are just basically doing with
all hand labor and doing bio intensive, organic, veganic mostly methods and using things more
in tuned with the earth, regenerating the land, conservation and basically they are
just growing a lot of fruits and vegetables and one of the core thing is beside just harvesting
the vegetables and offering the vegetables at a local farmer’s market, actually at the
kids’ school, they also make things like fermented foods or like the sauerkraut and with some
of the herbs and vegetables growing on the farm and offer those to people as a value
added service and I wanna encourage you guys if you guys have farm to do some value added
products like the, especially the krauts in my opinion, they are very beneficial and you
could really turn like a dollar, couple dollar head of cabbage into like 5,6,7 dollar jar
of sauerkrauts just in a few short weeks. So, behind me doesn’t really look like a farm
to me, may be not to you either, that’s because this farm they bought away through
just, was just grass. I mean 3 years ago this is all grass, so they had a guy come in, tractor
and cut it down and it was trash and grass, grass and trash and they got the trash removed
and this grass, they’ve been cutting that down, composting it and slowly but surely
they’ve been basically weaving their way through and creating a fruit tree orchard little by
little and vegetable garden as well and so now I’m gonna go ahead and take you guys on
a tour, show you guys some of the practices that they do that are successful and actually
also some of the crops that they are growing that’s actually doing quite well also.SO let’s
head into the farm. Alright so I’m walking into the farm and as
you guys could see there’s just like a lot of weeds and grass and the paths and all this
stuff. So like you know one of my friends is a farmer, he said you could embrace the
weeds or you can eradiate the weeds and there is in between and here they’ve just kind of
embraced the weeds and basically they are moving the weeds aside and planting when they
need to and otherwise they’re just kind of growing and when they don’t need them, they’ll
chop them down and they’ll throw them in the compost probably but meanwhile they are making
a lot of biomass here. I’d probably try to control the weeds a little bit more because
there’s like a lot of grass seed coming up everywhere and some of this, I don’t know
if it’s what kind of grass, guinea grass or whatever; that stuff can be really hard to
get rid of. So anyways let’s go ahead and tour you guys in the farm.
The first thing actually here, we are just gonna go ahead and turn the camera here real
quick on if you guys could see that, right over here but as you guys could see they’ve
got a bunch of bee hives so I wanna encourage you guys to not have beehive hairdos anymore,
kind of went out in the thick 3:31 but actually have beehives for your farm they’ll all increase
the production of your fruits and vegetables actually things like tomatoes and other vegetable
crops you need to get pollinated and it’s providing them the home. It’s actually cool
that they actually got the bees here to help do the pollination on the farm.
So let’s go ahead and head down the path and share with you guys how this farm works. There
I’m walking along and I wanna show you guys this over here. They got the welded were bins.
So this is how easy composting can be, you don’t need a tumbler, you don’t need anything
you just need some welded wire bins, some pellets and they just make these big circles
in here, there’s me, with the welded wire and they fill them up so try to make a nice
large diameter 45 feet and they just layer in, carve in nitrogen rich materials and after
about a year it brews down and of course you could air it if you want to go faster and
they have a pile right down below. Now they are using human manure here in composting
it for a year and then they use these only for the fruit trees. They have a separate
area for composting their vegetable scraps. So let’s go ahead and continue on and show
you guys what they got growing on here. So the next thing that I wanna share with
you guys in this farm is actually some of the fruit trees. So this is a fruit tree that
actually I didn’t know the name of it previously. I just knew the name by which the fruit goes
by which is the captain crunch berry and I have had one of these before in Hawaii and
I swear to God they taste like captain crunch but actually it’s called the Brazilian cherry
is what I found out the name was and this is actually just within three years of growth.
The thing is huge and produces fruit already. So this is definitely one of the one that
I will plant one day as soon as I have some kind of tropical location to plant them the
Brazilian cherry or captain crunch berry and yes they are delicious. Let’s go ahead and
continue through the farm tour for you. So now I’m in another area of the farm and
this is the orchard area and about I think two thirds of the total overall land when
they are done will be orchard area and then one third will be for the vegetable area,
gardens and what not and they’ve all different kinds of fruit trees and also other edible
crops. So of course they have bananas along here and then if you guys could see down,
they got papayas, they got sapotes, zapoteas, other kinds of tropical exotic fruits as well.
This guy right here which the yucca or cassava and that makes a nice tree with the starch
based, starch rich roots underneath the ground and all the above growth, the wood of the
tree can be used as propagative material; that’s actually couple of nice specimens they
have here and let’s go ahead and continue down. I wanna show you guys like some of their
papaya plants that they have. They are not necessarily tree but people call them papaya
trees. They are actually some of the healthiest that I actually have seen with copious and
abundant amount of fruits. So now we are looking at some of their “papaya
trees” and as you guys could see behind me, these guys are loaded up. Those are just all
papayas and they are like the trunks are nice and large and thick. It’s rare that I’ve seen
papaya trees that are actually just healthy and they actually have that much fruit. Other
farms I’ve been through this trip to South Florida, like there might be a few papayas
on there but that thing has like I don’t know several dozen fruits and the tree just has
like super solid, super healthy, really nice round thick trunk. Now this is because they’ve
been selecting the papayas. When they get papayas from friends, they’ll eat it. They’re
like oh this is a good papaya, it has some disease resistance, we are gonna go ahead
and plant this. So there’re plants in the best varieties and when they get a variety
they don’t like they actually just chop it down and then they put a better one in its
place. So that’s something that I’d actually encourage you guys to do; if you got something
you didn’t like, that’s alright, you could always start over, so that you could get some
good genetics. I mean a problem down here in South Florida is getting like thin skin
papaya that gets like different diseases and pests and because these guys are thicker skin,
they’re more tolerant to the pests in the area, so they are actually, they are eating
really delicious papayas out of their farm and hopefully one day I’ll get to try one
because I don’t know if I ever had a really good papaya in Florida. I have had them though
in Hawaii. So yeah over in this area they also have, oh let me show you guys another
things they are doing, so actually bring the fertility to their land because they are not
bringing in any major inputs aside from wood chips that I’ll show you guys probably in
a little bit. So one of the main methods they actually add
fertility to the soil here is actually just through the wood chips so they get a local
arborist that basically chips up trees and what not and he basically dumps his loads
here instead of having to pay to get them dumped at the landfill. So this is something
of you guys have acers I’d definitely encourage all you guys to do it to get some good wood
chips and then just basically spread this on your land and it’ll actually crowd out
the weeds and compost down and create really rich fertile soil. this is the way that farming
should be done in my opinion by using nature’s plant based resources, bring them onto the
land and letting the build more fertility from things like the wood chips.
So now I wanna share with you guys just some of the practices they do to have healthy fruit
trees here in South Florida. So number one they ae choosing varieties that will grow
well here and as you guys could see this is a fruit shoot right here is the one that they
are growing and here’re the first few things they have done. Number one they dug a big
hole and actually filled it with some good rich soil and actually the other thing they
did is actually they mounded it up so they planted it higher than the level now because
they dug a hole, it’ll sink down a little bit but still all is gonna remain a little
bit above grade. This is very important in my opinion for the drainage and also they
have a drip emitter down there or a sprayer that actually waters the root zone up the
tree. This is very important especially in the dry season when they are not getting enough
water from the rain because if your trees aren’t getting enough water, any plants are
not getting enough water, it soon becomes stressed out and when your plants are stressed
out they do not have the optimal growth or optimal amount of production either. Now the
other thing they are doing aide from this is they actually have these other trees planted
around them. It’s kind of like the monkey in the middle and the fruit tree is the monkey
in the middle and the trees are around them are support trees and these trees are known
as the pigeon pea. So the pigeon pea is the nitrogen fixing tree that they basically cut
down or compost compost and just chop and drop, leave it on the ground and put underneath
that tree. You could see some branches underneath there and that adds nutrition to the tree
there. Another thing they do is actually there’re really big advocates of the corn free tea.
They grow corn free which has deep roots. It pulls up nutrition from the ground and
they brew it in there in a tub and they actually used that tea to spray on foliar feed the
leaves in the top growth as well as the root zone. So I’ll be sure to show you guys that
coming up probably next. So one of the things they’re really into here is the corn free
tea. I’ve heard of this online stuff. I’ve never really seen too many people do it but
they are like really in to the corn free tree. So they got these five gallon buckets that
are being reused and inside here, oh that looks nasty, I don’t know if you guys could
see that but it’s just smelly ooky gooky stuff. Basically what happens is that they take the
corn free out of the garden, they chop it up and then put it in here and, they’d just
put the whole leaves in, you could also chop it up in a little small pieces, out it in
with water and looks like they got something growing in there, I don’t know what but it
brews basically for like a week or two and then they take that, they strain it out and
then they put it in a water in can and they get water into the soil and they could also
put it in a backpack sprayer and forever feed it on. So I mean it is said that the corn
free is really good because it has a long tap root that pulls up minerals from the soil
but the other thing that I’d like to say is that the plant will only pull the minerals
that are in the soil and if certain minerals are not in the soil the plant will not be
able to pull them up so that’s why I encourage to use the things like the ocean solids and
things like the rock dust but I think corn free tree, yeah if you want to do it that’s
great. It’s definitely a fast growing plant that they have in the garden that they have
actually multiplied from a single cutting, I’ll show you guys in a little bit. So up
top here actually let me go ahead and move the camera up and show you guys actually how
they are starting their vegetables for their vegetable garden because it’s definitely really
cool and it doesn’t use any plastic. So what they are doing here is this is where
they start or their vegetable start, just underneath the Florida sun with a little cover
over it so it doesn’t get pummeled by the rain when it’s raining but it has a clear
top over it so it can still get some sun and basically they use a soil blocker. So I’ve
shown these before on my show but these things are super ingenious. They basically just use
these, they get the three sided pieces of wood. So it’s on the bottom and the sides
and then basically they mix up a good soil mixture and the most important thing when
using a soil blocker is you want to get a proper mixture. If your mixture is not right
your soil blocker will not block properly like. If you use sand in a soil blocker, you’ll
get like a sand castle and not soil blocks and same thing with clay. If you got too much
clay, it’s just gonna stick together and be a mess. So you got to get the right recipe
when using a soil blocker. So once you get a nice mixture of recipe, probably use like
some peat, a coconut courier and vermiculite, some come compost in there, proper ratios,
mix it up and a wheel barrow and then you gonna get this 13:47 this in there and then
it’s gonna get the dirt in there and then you’re gonna go ahead and push this out and
it’s gonna push out four blocks and they basically make four blocks all the way down and they
just fill all this up and it also puts a divot in the top of these blocks which then they
put the seed in and then overtime when they water the little divot goes away and the soil
covers it and then they basically just all come up. So they got like yellow pear tomatoes,
money maker tomatoes. They’ve got different collard greens, brassica family plants and
dinosaur kale all growing in here and once they get kind of big then they take them and
plant them in their garden. Now I always encourage you guys to plant start your own seeds whenever
possible instead of buying transplants but that being said if you are a new gardener
and have never grown anything before, I do recommend getting transplants from the nursery
because you could have a higher level of success doing that than doing this which may take
some additional skills that grow healthy plants from seed although many are actually not that
difficult. Now they let these guys grow maybe I don’t
know 3 or 4 weeks depends on the particular plants before planting out in their garden
and I think this is very wise because you wouldn’t wanna put a little baby transplant
like some of these guys directly in your garden when they are too young because snails and
slugs, bugs pass the disease, may get it when they are so young but once they get little
more established, they are a lot more stronger and they could more fend for themselves. So
yeah it’s definitely really cool. I guess the next thing I wanna do is actually go ahead
and head over to the garden to show you guys what they are growing in their garden bed
that’s actually done bio intensive style. Alright so we are coming through the fruit
tree orchard and here some bananas are growing. They’ve got all different kinds of bananas
and then we could see the vegetable garden right over there, growing. Let me show you
guys how they’ve actually prepared these beds and how they are growing all the vegetables
here. So now I wanna share with you guys how they
made their garden beds here and it is really simple. I mean I personally like to bring
in compost and things like that and growing like a lot of compost may be mix out with
the soil or just add compost on top of the existing land but compost can get quite expansive,
so they did it a little bit differently here kind of after the bio intensive method. It’s
hard to 16:08 dig here in Florida with all the rocky soil. So what they did was actually,
the level of the soil’s maybe this high and then where I’m standing right now, they actually
dug that out and flipped it over on top to make a higher bed. So that’s kind of like
a raised bed with outside using the existing soil and then they amended that and then they
planted there, in this case kale in it. One of their goals here is these plantings close
enough so that they don’t have the moss because the leaf cover is covering all the areas of
the soil so that the sun doesn’t hit the soil, so that it protects the soil and the integrity
of the soil and the microbes and the nutrients in the soil. So looks like it is doing a pretty
good form. This is the kind of technique that I also like to do myself and sometimes when
you originally plant things, you have big big holes in betweens of plant like in between
some of the crops of plant like a faster growing crop that’ll pretty much take over and spread
out really fast before my main crop actually gets to fill in. So that’s what they’ve pretty
much done here and this bed is pretty much like kale and another bed over there has like;
they just planted out some collard greens and they got different kinds of bok choys
and all this kind of stuff. So the next thing I wanna show you guys over in next row actually,
they got some corn free. So I wanna show you guys how easy it is to just pluck up some
corn free, divide it and then replant it, so get out endless amount of corn free to
make that corn free tea that I showed you guys earlier.
So we got a fork and we are gonna fork the corn free. Alright corn free you are gonna
forked. So we just carefully kind of get in there and pull this clump up and look at that
once we’ve got a nice clump, all we really need to do is just separate it out. So now
here is one plant and we could probably plant that little guy. We could plant like this
guy, oops and then this guy fell off, I mean now we have all these little plants from division
from one corn free and then that’s how they basically got this whole row here. They basically
just got one corn free, grew it and then just kept dividing it into a lot more and this
is literally what they are doing is they are growing their own fertilizer so that they
could be self-sufficient. The goal of this farm, although they are not there yet, they
want to, not have the goal and go to the store and buy things off side to bring in. They
want, they are growing their own awapuhi ginger which is shampoo ginger so they don’t have
to buy shampoo and they’re probably gonna grow the loofah gourd so they don’t have to
buy sponges and there’re so many things that you guys could grow that would fill in and
take the natural, be the natural replacement for the products that have been sold to you
each and every day in sore and I wanna encourage you guys to shop in your garden and your yard
first and grow things that’s gonna help you out so you could reduce the amount of purchasing
you need to do and in this way we could become producers instead of consumers in this consumerism
society because I think far too many people just buy too much stuff and then it ends up
going to the landfill and we are filling up too many place with plastic junk that’s just
not getting recycled and in nature there is no such thing as waste, everything has always
return to the earth. So the next thing I want to share with you
guys today are the cabbage that are growing here. Some of the cabbages are really cool
but a lot of the cabbages got hole in them and that’s alright I mean nature is not perfect
and we are all used to this perfect produce society when you go to the store, nothing
has holes in it and more various stuff that doesn’t have holes, that looks too perfect
because you kid of wonder what do they spray, what do they do to get a looking that perfect
and so yes; in organic garden even I get things with holes in it. When you see them you got
to get on top of that to prevent them. So whether this is slugs, you could come out
every night and pick up the slugs with your hands and get rid of them or whether they
are something like a cabbage worm, you could use some BT or dipel product. You could also
pick them off yourself. There’s always ways to deal with pests but in this case it’s
not critical if they are taken care of. Sometimes you don’t have enough time to do everything
you wanna do. So despite some of the outer leaves getting damaged they will just get
it composted down and these nice inner cabbages that aren’t damaged will be used to make sauerkrauts
and when I making juices or smoothies and what not, I don’t care my leaf has a couple
holes in it. I’d much rather have my leaves with holes in it than toxic chemical pesticides
on it that I’d be ingesting that would then in my opinion toxify me and my body. So let’s
see I got another shot of the garden and I wanna show you guys how abundant a garden
can be if you grow the right things. Alright so this is a really tough and difficult
shot to get for you guys but I want to really show you guys just like really how abundant
nature can be. So last season what they grew in this bed was one of my favorite summer
leafy green vegetables. It’s known as the Malabar spinach and this is the red stem Malabar
spinach. Actually I’ll put a link down below to the video I made when I harvested my Malabar
spinach berries and I juiced them and combined it with sugarcane juice, it’s absolutely delicious
but the Malabar spinach is one of the heat tolerant vegetable that could be easily grown
in the summer time when most people in South Florida think you can’t grow anything. That’s
completely inaccurate, you just have to grow things that you are not used to. So things
like the tropical vegetables like the Malabar spinach, you could grow perennial vegetables
like the okinawa spinach, longevity spinach or general procumbents, things like katuk.
These things grow really well in the summer time. So what they grew they grew these last
summer on a trellis right here and it basically just dropped the seeds here and what you guys
are looking at are literally a field or a sea of Malabar spinach little babies. Now
if you do grow Malabar spinach babies, be aware that the babies pop up and they are
so small like this and it takes them a little bit of time to get pretty big and so they
grow pretty slow but once they are certain height then they really just take off so you
want to really give them like a nice trellis t grow on and I mean it would easily fill
a 8ft tall trellis like no problem. Mine probably would have went 12ft tall up and there was
just a big trellis that was full from just like I don’t know a half a dozen or dozen
plants that I grew and she has so many here. So what she’ll be doing pretty soon is she’ll
be cutting these out and giving in to the friends and selling some of the plants and
of course using all these to spread it at your property and grow these on every fence
line so that she has edible Malabar spinach greens and also the delicious berries to eat
as well as the seeds that she could share with others.
So the last shot I want to show you guys here in the vegetable garden is actually just this
row on the row of one of the vegetable garden. They actually had bananas planted all the
way along but if you look at them now they don’t really look like bananas anymore. They
basically just went, chop them down because they weren’t really happy with their fruit
quality and you know, I’d encourage you guys if you don’t have good plants you cut it down
or in my opinion I’d probably like to move it or move probably to some other area of
the property especially when there is a lot of property to just grow them and let them
be kind of wild and fill in where they want and then reutilize the space that is more
viable like in the vegetable garden for vegetables. Also they found that some varieties of bananas
that will grow too big and then actually shade out the vegetable and/or fruit trees because
may be they didn’t have the best proper placements. So that’s another thing you want to be concerned
about especially not when you’re growing necessarily in your vegetables because they come and go
but if you’re planting fruit trees, you want to try to like plan that appropriately implant
smaller plants that will get the sun in that end so that those ones when block out the
sun of larger fruit trees and what not. So appropriate planning and finding out how big
different fruit trees may be growing before you plant them. Now the last part of this
episode I want to do is actually I want to go ahead and interview the farmer here and
let you guys know about her and what’s she trying to do here and her mission and actually
learn more about the corn free tea and some of the things you guys saw earlier in this
episode. So now I’m with Laura Sutton, one of the farmers,
and the other farmer is actually her husband and this is not even their full time gig.
They have 40 hour work week off the farm and this is kind of what they do on the weekends
for fun and when there’s extra time before the sun goes down and what not and that’s
kind of what I do. I work in my garden when I’m not at my regular job and when I’m not
doing other things and when I’m not travelling and all this kind of stuff. So we’re gonna
ask her some questions today. So the first question for you Laura is why
did you decide to start this farm to grow food for your family and also for people out
there in the community? Laura: I decided to grow as much food as I
possibly can, decided to be vegan about 26 years ago because I knew raising animals would
be a lot harder than growing crops, fruit and vegetable crops. So just trying to grow
as much as I can on this little one and a half acre farm. John: cool! So what percentage of your diet
comes from your farm currently? Laura: At the moment we only have about one
fifth of our farm planted out. So it’s a very small amount. I’d say may be about 25 percent
of it is so far coming from that but we are hoping to increase that to 100 percent someday. John: Right yeah. As soon as their fruit trees
come in and all these other things come in that they are actually planting in and setting
up now. So another thing I want to talk to you about actually was your corn free tea.
You ae really into the corn free tea. She is like the most in the corn free tea person
I’ve ever met. So why don’t you share with my viewers tat why corn free tea is so important
and why’d you use it? Laura: I found out about the corn free tea
working on an organic farm in Hawaii. The farmer there taught us how easy it is to propagate
it and the fact that it’s a deep tap root so goes down deep, digs up the minerals, brings
them up and put some in amongst its own leaves and so when you harvest that corn free plant,
you soak it in water, let it rot fora couple of weeks, it smells terrible, smells like
a straight manure but that’s a wonderful mineral rich foliar feed, something to go around and
dilute first and spray on to all the leaves of any crops anything you have and then to
use the leaves of course in your compost and as a mulch. It’s a really important crop because
it grows so quickly, you cut it down to the ground and literally within a couple of days
you got baby leaves sprouted up 6 inches tall and they grow nice and big make a lot of leaf
material. So it’s just a really important crop for anyone in the world to grow and I’m
pretty sure can grow just about anywhere and can grow lots of it, make your own fertilizer
that way. So it’s an important crop. John: Awesome yeah. Besides just a fertilizer
you know they use it in herbal medicine as well so it can be very valuable for that so
what kind of results have you seen by using the corn free? Laura: Just the immediate response in leaves.
It’s like they immediately thank you, they get pumped up. They look nice and rich and
then they are disease resistant as well, so it’s a pretty immediate affect you can notice
right away. John: That’s awesome. So let’s talk about,
you know you have a business connected with your farm, a lot of the stuff you grow on
the farm actually goes to make sauerkrauts and fermented things. Why is that important
for people to include more fermented foods in their diet? Laura: Fermented foods mainly were in a day
and age where we are pretty much bombarded with toxins everywhere you go, just breathing
in the air, so we really need to pump up the quality of food that we are eating and one
way to do that is by fermenting foods and keeping them raw. So don’t ferment your foods
and go and can them and boil the heck out of the jar, so that they are shelf stable.
You wanna keep them raw so that the probiotics are alive and rich and all the enzymes and
vitamins stay alive and rich and what really feeds our bodies and makes us super resistant
to disease and boost up our immune system `and makes us really strong and healthy. John: So one of the things I’ve noticed just
walking around your farm is that you have a lot of different varieties of fruits. You
have bunch of different varieties of bananas. Besides bananas you have all these tropical
fruits and even in your garden here like there’s so many different kinds of vegetables. They
are not just rose and rose a kale. Why do you grow so many different varieties and why
is growing a lot of different varieties important? Laura: It’s important to grow as many varieties
as you can because nature intended for each specific variety of vegetable to have its
own nutrient package. So you may get more vitamins a in a certain kind of kale; say
dinosaur kale than you would in may be a curly kale and so it’s just really important to
grow as many different varieties of each vegetable as you can just to increase again your nutrient
absorption from your food. You can just be as healthy as you can. John: Awesome Yeah! I mean I totally agree
besides just different nutrients that come in with each food, you will find that certain
crops do better or worse where you’re growing them. Here in South Florida it’s a pretty
inhospitable environment for many northern vegetables but she is learning that certain
ones do better and she is gonna focus on the ones that do better and may be plant smaller
plantings of ones that may be don’t do so good or may be even omit those and try to
find new varieties that’ll do well down here in this particular climate. So I guess the
last question I have for you today Laura is why is it important to simplify your diet?
I mean you’re on a pretty simple diet and why did you choose that, make your life simpler
and simplify your diet? Laura: Well I just thought it’d be a heck
of a lot easier to grow crops than it would be to like chase a bunch of animals around.
Animals require a whole lot more land as well so I just wanted to make it really simple
by just eating fruits and vegetables and that’s about it. I don’t know if I can think of anything
else. John: Yeah I mean animals, number one they
are resource hogs literally. I mean they take a lot more water, a lot more food to create
a pound of food from our flesh, from the animals whereas we could just grow a pound of vegetables
and eat those and it’s a lot easier to grow vegetables than eat animals in my opinion
plus all the waste and you know that you have to deal with and you have to attend to and
they are like having second kids and already has got a couple kids so I’m sure she doesn’t
need a couple more. So I wanna encourage you guys to eat as much plants as you possibly
can, fruits and vegetables and incorporate as much as them into your gardening style
as you can because in the end it’s just gonna be a lot easier and make your life a lot simpler
as well. So Laura if somebody wants to get your sauerkrauts,
your fermented kombucha or some of your vegetables even, how can somebody learn of more about
you and your farm and all that? Laura: Well then come on down here because
we are keeping it local we are not really into like shipping things away but if you
ever down in South Florida specifically in Miami, which is where we live, look me up
at the farmers market also counter culture, is the business that
I make kombucha with the friend of mine. So you could find me that way and I guess we
can post the link. John: Yeah I’ll post the link down below to
her Instagram and her different sites and what not. So you could learn more about her
and the farm she’s got growing on down here. Any last comments you like to share with my
viewers today? Laura: It’s really a pleasure having you here.
I’ve been watching your videos for a while and it’s just a real pleasure to have you
on my farm. I feel very honored to have you here. John: Oh yeah I mean I’m always glad when
I can get my hands dirty and get my hands in the dirt and just hang out with cool people,
farmers that are growing food and try to make a difference in the world and that’s why I
really make these videos. I make these videos so that encourage you guys, show you guys
what’s possible here in Miami or wherever I’m travelling or whether I’m at home or whatever
and just share with you guys tips and tricks to enhance and better your life because that’s
why we are all here and she is trying to do that in the local area by providing real food
and educating people about real food here in the local Miami area and I wanna encourage
you guys also to do some outreach and reach other people about how good it is to grow
your food and let people know more importantly how your food that you grew taste because
it just blows away the stuff available at the grocery store.
So in any case if you guys enjoyed this episode at the farm here today, hey please give me
a thumbs up. I’ll be sure to give you guys future updates in the future if I get enough
thumbs up I’ll come back next trip when I’m here in Miami. Also be sure to check my past
episodes. I’ve over 1100 episodes now, at least several dozen sharing with you guys
who live in South Florida on what can be grown here and how to do it and all the cool places
that I visit in South Florida and also be sure to click that subscribe button right
down below. This is probably my last episode here in South Florida this trip but I have
new episodes coming out every three to four days and you never know what you’ll be learning
or where I’ll be showing up. So once again this is John Kohler with
I’ll see you next time and until then remember; keep on growing.


  • Reply ArkansasJay March 20, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Very nice work John

  • Reply Super Moon March 20, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Thought it said Wendy,s in the title lol

  • Reply slhines7 March 20, 2016 at 7:01 am

    How to prevent the natural thinning of the hair and/or balding?

  • Reply zigzagzarf March 20, 2016 at 7:05 am

    did you even notice that lizard on the seedings while you was talking?

  • Reply Els77 L March 20, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Wonderful place!

  • Reply james Fra March 20, 2016 at 7:38 am

    There is not a single bee here : (

  • Reply Els77 L March 20, 2016 at 7:38 am

    btw, John, I had to like this video all the way through watching it. YouTube would take my like away after another 5min of watching. Should you fix that with them? All the best!

  • Reply Tim Standaert March 20, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Stop pushing the rockdust John… Listen to science.

  • Reply cycling maven March 20, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Would love to see you head over the Europe or United Kingdom specifically.

  • Reply HonoluluTita March 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Would having chickens help by eating the bugs and then getting eggs as a benefit?

  • Reply Fringe Garden Channel March 20, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for the comfrey info, I'll give it a try.

  • Reply Christus Rex March 20, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I believe that fruit tree at the beginning is a jamaican cherry (Muntingia calabura). Very fast growing tree with small but delicious fruit.

  • Reply Ling Shun Chzeng March 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    can you make a video a dry barren land. .. yellow soil with dry grass into organic farm without using money to buy good soil… thank you in advance..

  • Reply Antek Singer March 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000th place…

  • Reply Veganic ♾ March 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Veganic FTW : D

    I am doing a back yard transformation myself. Will be posting video in next few weeks. Sub if you want to see it ; )

  • Reply Self Sufficient Me March 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Some good techniques and tips for acreage living looks like a bit to go yet though so keep plugging away and you'll get there! I'd recommend some animals (even if you're not going to eat them) because they are very handy on acreage to improve soil, recycle organic waste into fertiliser, etc some ducks and chickens will do wonders for a property like this one. Cheers 🙂

  • Reply Retired SeniorChief March 20, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Where would I learn more about the fermentation of raw foods? This sounds interesting to me and I want to learn more.

  • Reply Michael Criswell March 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    You should let them know to put mulch in the pathways. In a year just scrape off the top layer of wood chips and then shovel out rich soil for the raised beds. Then remulch the pathways.

  • Reply Kat LittleNinja March 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Would love to see more on aquaponics/hydroponic/aeroponics….. Would be awesome!!!! Thanks!! Love the channel and rock on Shaun!!

  • Reply Diann Cotterell March 20, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    great info

  • Reply Andy Mahoney March 20, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Hi John, Hows the girlfriend doing? Not seen here in any recent videos. All the best from the UK

  • Reply Backyard Foodie March 20, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Wow that is great to see such abundance in very rocky soil!

  • Reply Chris Dahl March 21, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Lol, pointing a finger at a bucket of "green slime"probably is not a good idea, John. You just don't know what might be lurking in there and decides your finger would be a nice snack! Like that lizard….

  • Reply Health 101 March 21, 2016 at 4:55 am

    chopping down trees because they produce best fruits…isn't that murder..what the hell are you vegan for??

  • Reply Maximilian Mander March 21, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    12:37 search for the lizard!

  • Reply Elite Communications March 21, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for your videos John, the free raised bed video really helped me a lot.

  • Reply Ewan Fuller March 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    @Carl Jessome . Why use peat moss ? They destroy endangered habitats to harvest it. Use leaf mold and compost instead !!

  • Reply Brad Suarez March 22, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    15:37 That has to be the most unhealthy looking banana plant I've ever seen!!

  • Reply Rafs Kitchen Garden March 23, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Some really good ideas, I like the idea with soil blocks. I'm also trying to use permanent beds 30inch wide in my plot this year and also the bio-intensive spacing which will shade the weeds.

  • Reply Adam G March 25, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    very cool! i want to build a tiny house and buy a plot of land and start a small farm myself! I'm in Wisconsin so the weather and types of fruits and veggies would differ but it would be amazing to do some day.

  • Reply spiritpath1 March 26, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Nice video.  That said I disagree about the "vegan" versus others.  This woman seems to think throwing the earths "balance" off by eating only plants is a GREAT way to live which makes me think she is very "political".  BALANCE, BALANCE, BALANCE……..we "humans" are OMNIVORES and have EVOLVED as such.   Anyone ever seen a primitive culture that were VEGAN?   Yes, I am being provocative on purpose.

  • Reply Josh Thompson March 26, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    wow. that is one sneaky lizard @13:39. he's like a ninja.

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  • Reply David Heebner March 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Is there a way to clear the land without a tractor or heavy machinery? I have a very similar piece of land and want to do the same.

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  • Reply kathy wolfe April 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    You are so informative! I have a fruit and vegetable garden in Indiana and between you and Jeff Lawton, I am gaining so much experience for my farm. The chickens will clean up and till my garden in the fall. For this year I am using rows raised with non-chemical straw and layered with good organic planting soil on top. I have clay soil and use grass clippings for fertilizer. I have produced several 1 lb. tomatoes the last few seasons. My sweet potatoes went crazy in the wood mulched beds last year and so did the okra! Thank you for your informative videos.

  • Reply Stray Cat April 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I have a natural beehive doo….all natural, just grows that way

  • Reply Kindred Acres April 18, 2016 at 2:16 am

    How do they control rats and such?

  • Reply Adam Shellard May 27, 2016 at 3:27 am

    John, I grew comfrey in a container with rock dust, worm castings and organic potting soil to make sure it has the nutrients, I use the comfrey tea with each planting when I'm watering it in, all my veggies and greens especially love it

  • Reply Jay Flynn June 24, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Finally subbed after watching about 30 of your vids :0 lol

  • Reply StarCitizen Modding October 4, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Nature is perfect thats why its feeding the Caterpillar 🙂

  • Reply StarCitizen Modding October 4, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    JUST REALISED THE PROBLEM WITH KEEPING ANIMALS! its the keeping what is wrong. you can keep plants because naturally that is what they do they dont move. but you cannot keep animals, let them roam and they re part of the cycle.

  • Reply Nick Evans bodybuilding October 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Lol John you ment her to say she was drinking comfrey tea but she didn't

  • Reply ODA VIDA ViDA October 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Hey John! I love your videos :D, I'm starting my very own permaculture farm in Colombia and oh boy you're vids help me tons, btw I also started making videos (In Spanish) You're very much invited to come! 😀

  • Reply wendy vallely December 8, 2016 at 8:15 am

    hiya can you give me some pointers I love my garden I only grow organic it's been 22 years NOTHING TO EAT though. I do have wild cherry, Morrello cherry, and a 20 year old apple tree granny smiths from seed. so I am eager but I live in the UK, so it's just clearing now as I don't have a green house. I will let you know the seeds I have but I have a massive back and front garden.. I really liked the woodchip garden. my front gets dry but my back is east facing. so I have a long south facing wall I have lots of shade too due to fences. do a video for us UK organic wannabes pls pls pls love u stuff watched dessert trees brill the raised bed no tools apple video brill. is duch pro any good x

  • Reply wendy vallely December 8, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I have a setup that channels my dish water and washing machine water goes into a sink hole then trickles into my garden with help from Reed plants there is heavy clay in both gardens so I've added tons of wood chip homemade compost but the back is great for water.

  • Reply Sunita Bhandari December 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Great video,love about perspective of living in natural way

  • Reply Sofia Rivas January 20, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Where in Florida is that farm? I love your videos, and enjoy all the information you gave me, thanks

  • Reply Will G February 16, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I heard that your getting a farm and you don't know where to start it. In my opinion Queensland Australia is one of the best places to create a farm because it is tropical and pretty cheap to live there.

  • Reply aureliusva February 26, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Is it red plaid shirt day?  Did I not get the memo?  Dangit!

  • Reply Katz4me May 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    John, did she mention to you about having any issues with fire ants and if so, what she does about that? They are a huge problem in Louisiana. I know this is an old video, but I am a new subscriber and I am catching up on your videos. Thanks.

  • Reply Goldstar 36 May 19, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Jon please get in touch with me. I live in Las Vegas, and have been trying to reach you. There is a organic contest that I have been following. The woman is giving away her farm. I will send you the links. I think this would be something you would love

  • Reply Eula Bullen - Andrews July 21, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Very informative

  • Reply Nelson Flores August 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Global warming caused by caw farms

  • Reply Deneen Smith August 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    John 13:06 there is a lizard sharing the spotlight with you😄 I thought that I also seen a mouse 👀 😺😻there too, it ran across the opposite way the lizard did but I kept searching and I didn't see it anymore🙀.💡📷🎬🐀🐉 again very informative, enlightening and lovable video. Thanks and Keep Inspiring Us 🌱 🌿🍈🍋🌶🍇🍐🍓

  • Reply Britney Beautiful February 3, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Is so healthy I can't even wowz

  • Reply jean skilling April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    How do you know what Captain Crunch tastes like? Yuck!

  • Reply Philippines My Paradise June 5, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Thanks very much for your great videos, I will revisit your wonderful
    channel again and I did press the red button on your wonderful channel. Regards!

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