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JADAM Organic Farm Tour in Korea with Youngsang Cho

Mar 30, 2024
Hello everyone, welcome back to another episode of Nature's Always Right today. I'm in South Korea visiting Jadam's


and if you haven't heard about Jadam and the ultra low cost


ing system, it was invented by Yong Song Cho and if you had. If I would like to learn more, I will link below to the video of the interview I did with him when I took a class from him while I was traveling in the United States, but right now I am visiting South Korea because I am visiting. my wife's family, so I ended up asking Yong if I could go see his farm and make some videos with him, so I'll show you a little bit about some of the things that happen, obviously there's not much to do.
jadam organic farm tour in korea with youngsang cho
Because it's still winter, so they're going to start setting up the farm here very soon, so I hope you enjoy this little


and I'm also going to do an interview with him and ask him a little more. questions about using


, some more advanced concepts behind it, um, because in


they produce all of their own nutrients and even naturally made pesticides, so it's really fascinating, a system that I think really has a lot of promise for use in the future. of Agriculture and also in large-scale agriculture, helping them make the transition to a more


or natural form of farming.
jadam organic farm tour in korea with youngsang cho

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As you can see, there are a lot of leftover peppers from last year that they grew. I think about a third of the farm is dedicated to peppers and This is a 1.2 acre plot. In all the surroundings they have two greenhouses. Then a main building where they are manufacturing some of their pesticides and then also where they have their irrigation system and all of that is here. They insert their fertilizers and their microbial inoculant. I asked them a little about how they are preparing their beds and you can see that they use a lot of landscaping fabric. um, it rains a lot here, there's a monsoon season, so it's like in the southern United States where it rains a lot, this is a way to not let your beds get as wet and also prevent weeds and all that .
jadam organic farm tour in korea with youngsang cho
A good landscaping fabric will last more than 10 years and when you first install your beds, your Son Suu was telling me that they have done many different experiments doing completely no-till until some tillage is used and they have also come to the conclusion of that no-till, you know, produces the best soil most of the time. when they make a new bed, they till it the first time, add compost and make the bed and then it's a permanent bed and that's it, they never till again and just use a rake to reshape the beds and all that, like we do it in our noil systems, so this little building here that's kind of centered in the middle of the farm, this is a place where uh Yong Song or anyone can live and work while they're here on the farm and he said that this year he's going to live in this um so he can be on the farm all the time working on making YouTube videos and you know, just look at the craftsmanship here, super beautiful, it smells amazing in here. and you know it's a fully functional little house essentially refrigerator, washing machine, bathroom, another compost toilet here and he built this very cheaply so up here it's like a bed area there's a lot of storage space there's even storage space up in the ceiling here and this is a little place for your desk and computer and all that kind of stuff that you were telling me about a concept that you have where, you know, you really want to make the farming lifestyle really appeal. people so they want to do it and try it. themselves and he talked about, you know, it would be a great thing for retirees to have a place where they can farm and even live and just, you know, so that people can even have a backup source of income and food and you know be sustainable. , so you know this is another thing that he's just modeling and showing people that this is a way that you can set up your life, trying to get more people interested in natural farming and now we're in kind of a this. really special space at jadam farm where they call it the Brainstorming Center and there is also some research done on pesticides here and as you can see there is a big space for entertaining so they will cook here, they will drink here, they .
jadam organic farm tour in korea with youngsang cho
I know that different team members will come to talk about different ideas or bring guests who may come to visit the farm or learn from Yongsong. He really wants to make building his farm really accessible and interesting, and that's why. He set up such a beautiful space like this and, you're looking behind me, these are all different types of similar herbs and tinctures that they've made to experiment with, to use on the farm and obviously to display as well. In a really beautiful way, the ones down here are for making the pesticides, so I think it's like sodium hydroxide.
Put the potassium hydroxide. This is a type of clay. It's a powdered rock. Rock like an azomite and then this. it's sulfur so you can mix them together and make the um JS uh sulfur so yeah I think it's really interesting the way he thinks about things and the way he thinks about spreading his message and his style of farming and then Here this is the bathroom, but look how cool it is, it's a composting toilet and obviously you guys can't smell it, but it smells perfect. There is no smell here and they have their carbon source and he was telling me. who discovered that you can, um, you know, after you use the bathroom, you add the sawdust from the carbon source and then to completely eliminate the smell, he discovered that, through it, he said he was seeing the new thing one day and it was you know, some of them.
I caught a murderer and the way the murderer got away with hiding the bodies was that he would hide them and starch them to get rid of the smell so that gave him the idea of ​​adding starch so he told me he adds 1 % starch and then there's no smell at all in your composting toilet process so I thought it was a pretty interesting bathroom and really sweet all the carpentry you've done here and your main office is really beautiful and this is the current irrigation . system that we have, yes, so one of these is JMS and one of these is for p pesticides, natural pesticides and JMS, when you turn this on, it will simply supply all the pesticides to each of the yellow lines, so when we connect the stick, so can, yeah, what's your?
So all the water goes into this big tank right here and where the water is drawn from. Is there a well or is the city's underground well full? So the reason why we collect all the water from the groundwater is because we also have to mix the JMS with the water with the pp using a pump and the groundwater that comes out comes out in an amount that is not that big, so when we pump it there's not enough energy to just The flow rate is low, so we store it here Y and use the pump to know, yeah, how many gallons or liters is this five T and then how long will this last?
We finished it in one day, so every day, every day, uh no. exactly every time it's hot we water it we water it and we drink yes, I think if we water twice then the water runs out, so this is the GLS that we all collect and then every time we think it's some kind of lack of nutrients, so we add, filter and add it to the jmss container, so we just irrigate them at the same time so you do JMS and jlf at the same time, yes, at the same time, how do you move it from that container to here just with the bucket? just with the bucket because all we need is two or two times, like just two or three times, this is the electric pump, this is the filter, yeah, so when we put it in, it filters it and when we use the pesticide, this is the water. water softener, so when we collect the water for the pesticide container, it has to go through the water softener, otherwise it won't work M and why is it so important to soften the water?
The reason why we are putting the water softener is because the groundwater has a lot of calcium and magnesium, so if we use that hard water, the effect of the pesticide will be reduced a lot and it will leave a mark on the leaves, that's why we want to filter out both calcium and magnesium. as much as possible through this water softener and yes, use it as a natural pesticide, so hard water just doesn't allow it to adhere very well to the leaf, no and it also leaves marks like white marks on the leaf, so eventually , when you put too much pesticide, it will simply block the photosynthetic synthesis of the leaves.
The water softener part is not only for


farming but also for conventional farming. It is also very important to use a water softener so that everything The irrigation system comes out of that reserve tank and then everything goes to the beds and then it is great to see an irrigation system built in another country. It appears to have each individual bed with its own on and off. They run for their peppers. We're running two lines and this way they can inject their jmss, their fertilizers, all of that directly through there, what about what should someone do if they're in their front yard?
How could they have a more professional setup? Oh, we have it activated. There's a smaller size, okay, it's smaller, so we have a YouTube video on how to make a smaller size of water. I haven't seen it, okay, it's very cheap, maybe it's $50 to make one, yeah, okay, because this is very simple and cheap. This EMT is fine, we use a similar one, but the thing is, with tomato, you can fix it like a rope with a stainless steel still to hang it, hang it around, but in the case of pepper, when it grows, you have to do it . make it wider, but you also have to put a guide line because if it's too wide, it falls apart when it gets too windy, too much, so when we saw that people in the states were growing the structure of each crop. they were so complicated and after decades of research and experiments we discovered that this simple structure is suitable for cucumbers and peppers or many others, so you also use it for tomatoes, yes, tomatoes too, yes.
I uploaded this method to YouTube. I actually see SE in the video as we don't want to like plastic waste so you're going to reuse this wire over and over again, what do you do when the tomato or cucumber reaches the top? In the case of a greenhouse, they have a much higher roof so that it can grow continuously, but in this case, in the open field, we simply cut off the top and the reason behind this is that the top of the tomatoes is not as good. quality, so we just cut it off and let us focus on the bottom so the nutrients continue to go to the tomato fruits and then plant as another succession.
We can do that too, but we also plant, we plant tomatoes. during the month of May I like them all, okay, not at the moment once, yes, you know, once, that's what I do too, how are the beds formed? uh, just with the sickle, not with the CLE, like a shipwreck, yeah, yeah, just smash it up and then. First, when we do it, we use the machine, but a small Mach, lighter, yes, a rudder to make uh, make the ridge, then with the ingenuity, yes and around, do you ever add compost here or not? It's just yes, yes, that's the subscription, yes. the bags, the yellow bags are the compost, when do you add fertilizer like once a year or alone or once a year once a year at the beginning before before transplanting before transplanting yes, yes, the black thing you see there ? that's the compost, everything was decomposed with the microorganisms without tilling, why do you also make compost besides like JMS and jlf is not the JMS that provides the micro?
Oh, you can't actually grow with just the microorganisms, yes you have to have a fertilizer to have an optimal micro solution it is useful, but it doesn't allow, it doesn't help CR, it helps the crop grow more, but what about the jlf? Yes, we use it sometimes, like I told you. right there, like um, we use it sometimes, like when we see something weak, but first I mean, before we grow, we need to make at least a perfect base fertilizer to make it a good starter kit, exactly yes, and later on, When we think that it is a lack of a nutrient that we had well, like in peppers or cucumbers, you are growing for a long time and then you know that they are consuming the nutrients in the soil, then you feed them more, you boost them with that you do not go in and add more compost yeah we always check if it looks necessary or necessary or not we add it or decide not to add it yet so it's obviously raining today so it's been a bit tricky to get some pictures.
I won't do it. I can show you all I want, but I hope you enjoy the interview with him, so be sure to check it out below.

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