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a small family does natural farming down a Philippine village by the sea

Red Azolla: super hopes, super plans for a super plant

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Once again I marvel at the exchange of information and the speed of sharing among natural farmers at the Facebook. Altho I had first read about azolla at the yahoo egroup, where a lot of natural farmers were so generous to share their links regarding agriculture, the sharing of photos at FB impacted more as to what red azolla (Azolla pinnata) can be.

up close - fern like azolla with a sprinkling of duckweed fronds

Red Azolla is a small, native, floating fern – one of  only six, free-floating, aquatic fern species. It grows from 1 cm to 2.5 cm wide and is a bright green colour. Its colour changes to deep red when it is exposed to the sun, thus the name Red Azolla.

Mine comes from Santiago City, which Sandy sent in a lunch box - and it looks too good to be true!

day 1: transferred to a larger container followed by addition of dried, powdered goat's manure

It is a super plant capable of lowering your feed inputs for various livestock like chicken, cows and pigs, to pond fish as well being as a good biofertilizer. And since it multiply oh so rapidly, on a shallow pool laden with piggery effluent or cow dung, azolla farming is an easy addition to a farm. And its free.

 

day 10: almost ready for a new home

It can be fermented for 3 days before incorporating to grains, or sun-dried for three days, retaining its lush green color, before mixing to feeds.

adding goat's manure to pond

 

Written by Veni

March 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

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  1. Thank you very much for the infos. We’ll be starting our “organic pigs”. Could you share with us some formula in making our organic feeds. We went to Costales Nature’s farm to attend however we have difficulty buying copra meal. What would be the best alternative for copra. Thanks a lot

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    Rhome Arlyn Pacis

    April 2, 2016 at 10:28 pm


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