Friday, December 24, 2010

Azolla

First we had a small microwaveable container with some Azolla, compliments of Edel.

We were so excited as we saw it multiply in a plastic pond.  Next we transferred to a small netted area in one of the ponds.  Oh boy, do they love the sun, the space and the indigenous microorganisms lurking around them.  You can't stop them from coughing themselves around...maybe by the second!
Azolla, as alternative feeds
We harvest a lot of Azolla to feed the three (3) batches of Sunshine Chicken we now have in the farm.  They are fed pails and pails of it daily....the pond just gets thicker with Azolla :)  You feel you have to harvest more to give more space to them to multiply.
All ages love Azolla, this batch was tested from almost day1 and the chicks were really excited every time it is offered to them
This batch is next in line for harvest.  While most opt to play outside, some prefer to wait for their meals in pen.
Very good as alternative feeds.  Now that we are so into natural farming, we threw some Azolla in our Pangasius and Tilapia ponds.  If only you can see the video, the ponds are in constant movement.  The fishes just love eating Azolla.  Now, can you understand why food on our tables taste good? :)
Now we need trolleys to transport the pails of Azolla to the different pens.  Cut down feeds, cut down manual labor...welcome problems to natural farming :)

We saw some floating in the water way on the road.  We had to get them even if we had a lot already.  Why?  We can't allow the farmer next to them spray it with herbicide!  It was a gift to us, so let us natural farmers take care of it.

20 comments:

  1. Are you fertilizing your pond with anything? If manure, which animals?

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  2. Hi Tamra, we don't use any chemicals. Before we loaded fingerlings, we poured some IMO2 mixed with water. No pond preparations with poison :(

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  3. Hi, i would like to have an azolla mother plant to start my backyard farm, is there any available in Bacolod or nearby areas? Thanks in advance.

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    1. reynon, email owapam@gmail.com . I think Pam Henares has in Bacolod

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    2. we have lot here in canlaon.. if you want to, i can bring some for you, il be going to bacolod this march 2. just pm in fb your contact number to bon jou

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    3. where in Canlaon we can get azolla? can we visit your farm Bonz so we can buy azolla starters. Anyway am just living in Bacolod near Campuestohan area.
      thanks
      Bambi

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    4. Hi! Want to buy too here in bacolod from Bonz l.
      Bel gonzaga

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    5. Hi! Want to buy too here in bacolod from Bonz l.
      Bel gonzaga

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  4. Good day po Mam Sandy! Ask ko lang po sana kung may idea kayo saan ako pwede makakuha ng azolla plant dito sa Leyte, specifically Ormoc para po makapagparami din po ako for chicken feed.. Thanks for the assistance po.

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    1. hi Dingzkee....nakakuha ka na ng azolla?.. saan ang farm nyo sa Ormoc..

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  5. Good evening i would like to ask if where i could get an azolla to start with. Im from Pasig i tried sending you text and tried calling your number but it seems it always closed.

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  6. Good day po sa inyong lahat. Mam Sandy, I am from Pangasinan. I can supply interested organic farmers to have azolla mother plant/starters for those who are interested to grow them and use them the way you do in your farm.
    We ship the azolla via LBC or JRS for a minimal fee of P250.00/cup, already inclusive of shipping cost to anywhere in the Philippines. My contact# is 09108709731. Thank you.

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    1. Good day sir! I am interested in acquiring azolla mother plant/starters from you. I am from baguio city yet my wife is from pangasinan where they have vacant lots suitable for growing azolla. I can see that azolla is very beneficial in so many ways and i am interested in its propagation.
      If you could give me your full address, I am more than willing to stop-by at your place anytime at your convenience. I am very excited about this new endeavor and I hope you could help me. Thanks you so much. God bless.

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  7. hello I am ali mehdihani from iran I want to growing azolla and want to know more information about azolla for feeding animals (cow and ploutry)plz help me.plz send me mail
    my mail: ali.mehdihani@hotmail.com

    thx:ali

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  8. Maam ok lang po ba ang pond ng Azolla ay nasa mainit po na area?

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  9. Does Azolla completely replaces chicken feed?

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  10. Sn po ba ako pwede.mkakuha ng azolla plant gusti ko rin kc mgparami

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  11. meron po ba rito sa kalibo ng azolla

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  12. May alam po ba kayo na Farm dito sa Bohol o sa Cebu na puwede nating pag kukunan ng Azolla?

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  13. Hello po as of today,nkahanap ka work mate ko ng azolla,meron po ba secreat para mabilis dumami ito

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