it started with macadamia nuts
How it started...
Like many farmers, we were a part of the system of agriculture that's dependent on fertilizer factories and third party systems to support major growth.
In one year, costs jumped 400% on our family 750 acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. Read the full story here.
We discovered an elegant method of Natural Farming—scaleable and capable of supporting the world's biggest farms.
Now, the family farm's land, soil, and plants have regained their full health and provide more than ever before.
Master Cho and Natural Farming Solutions
For thousands of years, Natural Farming has been practiced in countries all around the world—with Japan and South Korea taking the lead in recent generations.
Serendipitously, Biomei founder, Chris Trump, met Master Cho Han-Kyu of Cho Han-kyu Global Village Natural Farming Research Institute.
Master Cho studied enzymatic theory and natural farming in Japan and brought that information back to Korea. Natural Farming Solutions power South Korea, with farmers producing nutrient-dense food and making sustainable wages.
For 12 years, Chris studied under and traveled with Master Cho. Chris became the first in the world to apply Natural Farming Solutions large-scale—not only on his family's farm, but with clients worldwide. Master Cho has asked Chris to continue developing natural farming solutions.
What we're about..
Biomei Natural Farming Solutions (formerly natural farming co. and chris trump, soil steward) formed out of the desire to share resources more widely and meaningfully in a community—with many opportunities to participate and partner. Learn more about the name.
We want to see one of the most central human needs met worldwide. We see that an effective agricultural system is possible, and can result in affordable nutrient dense food accessible everywhere, with farmers owning their own land and making living wages sustainably.
Chris Trump with Master Cho, South Korea 2017
Standing in front of 100,000 tons of quality compost with Dr. Anat Tancho, at Maejo University in Thailand. Thanks to the teaching and legacy of Master Cho, Maejo University has become a hub in Southeast Asia for knowledge and research in Natural Farming and regenerative agriculture, with Dr. Anat Tancho's leadership.
We exist to recreate the agricultural system with natural farmers as sovereign, with love and generosity as fundamental values that join investors, entrepreneurs and global citizens together in community.
We envision Love for nature and people defining the agricultural system worldwide—with the open sharing of science, skills, and resources for natural farming providing access to the highest quality of nutrient-dense food as medicine.
Sovereignty / Closed-Loop Self-Sufficiency
Culture of Care and Communication
Humble Wonder and Gratitude
Kuleana: mutuality, harmony with nature, a privileged responsibility, stewardship
leading korean natural farming expert
More on Chris
Chris was raised in both Hawaii and California. His background in construction, farming, and community-building have given him a natural love of systems thinking and engineering while prioritizing relationships, communication and shared benefits.
While living in Hawaii, California, Idaho and Colorado—Chris has traveled the world while fathering and supporting five bright and kind children.
During his Natural Farming study, Chris was struck by and resonated with Master Cho sharing out of a place of deep gratitude—honoring the Painter of Nature.
Chris loves turning a camera on project successes and failures alike—helping farmers and students see the work in action. Learn more about Global Giving projects here. Find out here how to hire Chris to work on your farm anywhere in the world.
Thanks to students and Soilsmiths running their own farms and businesses where Natural Farming Solutions are applied—the knowledge Chris shares about working with the land and microbiology are being carried forward and passed down to the next generation.
Whether working with a dairy farm in Ireland, a golf course in Marin County, California, an alfalfa farmer in Iowa, or a garden growing food for the local community—Chris is energized by seeing the world's farms partnering with nature for regenerative and profitable agriculture.