3000 LBS WHITTEN KENAF SEEDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
According to the Japanese, who wish to buy 100 million dollars annually of kenaf for making NONWOOD PAPER, kenaf is the "Ginzu Knife" of sustainable agriculture. Here at the LPS YOU GET the kenaf seeds for your planting right now.
Planting Kenaf Seeds.
Kenaf seeds can be broadcast, drilled in a seed planter or planted by hand. Before planting kenaf, have your soil tested. Normally on sandy loam of average fertility, kenaf should have at least 100 pounds per acre of nitrogen fertilizer. For maximum foliage and biomass yield, kenaf can have 300 lb. per acre of fertilizer placed.
And excellent way to get the nitrogen fertiliers in kenaf is to grow a nitrogen fixing crop like leucaena and chop it and place in the soil. Animal manure from a kenaf cut and carry project will be excellent to place on the kenaf field.
Kenaf should be planted at the beginning of the rainy season to get the good rains early in its development. Kenaf need to get a good start to reach its maximum productivity. That means enough moisture and enough soil fertility. Kenaf can be cultivated by hand weeding, hoes and or tractor cultivator.
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annabinus L., kenaf is a good tasting kenaf that has the potential to serve as a food source in many countries.
Why Whitten is so Special
Whitten Kenaf - The Miracle Plant
Imagine a plant that grows 1 ft per week… and 20 feet tall in just one growing season… a plant whose per acre biomass yield is 3 to 4 times that of trees, enough biomass for 50 acres to feed a bio-mass power plant for a year… a plant that sequesters 8 times more CO2 per acre than evergreen trees… a plant that stores water like a camel and does not need to be irrigated, enabling it to grow on poor rural farms, even in arid climates…a plant that has a high protein content (up to 34%) whose leaves can be eaten in as little as 10 days after planting, and can
provide 80 servings per plant per growing season…a plant whose stalk can be used for firewood, one acre producing enough firewood to sustain 4 families for a year… a plant whose seed can be ground into delicious nutrient rich gluten-free flour, ½ pound of flour being enough to make 20 to 30 pan-sized breakfast pancakes ... a plant that yields 200 seeds per specimen in poor soil conditions, and over 11,000 seeds per specimen when farmed optimally… a plant that can have 2 growing seasons per year…a plant that provides 4 separate harvests per growing season: 1) leaves & stems, 2) bast fibers, 3) inner core, 4) seeds… each with multiple commercial uses...imagine the development of a rural middle class that produces their own food, housing, and electricity, thanks to this plant.
The name of this “super” plant is kenaf, but not just any variety of kenaf. This particular variety is called Whitten Kenaf. It was developed by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and released for general use in 2005. This variety is in the public domain and has already been introduced into Haiti… in 2009 just 30 lbs of kenaf seed kept a village of 2,000 people from starving.
Because of its hearty nature, kenaf can be used to turn “unproductive” land into highly productive land, using minimal resources and if necessary, hand tools only. This plant is a grossly underutilized asset and is key for the poorest of the poor to
unlock the bounty that the earth wants to provide.
Kenaf is in the Hibiscus family, is cousin to Cotton and Okra, and is currently grown mainly in China and India for its high strength fibers. Nobody has focused on kenaf for food because the leaves did not taste good. However, a unique strand known as Whitten Kenaf was developed by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and released for general use in 2005. These leaves taste quite good, a sort of lemony, Cajun taste. This variety of kenaf has wide cotton shaped leaves, can be used for food, has been grown for food in Haiti for 3 yearswhere they love the taste and have developed their own recipes. Want to see how a family grows kenaf on a small plot and uses it for food and to feed their chickens? CLICK HERE
The leaves, seeds, stalk and core are all separate harvests. The result is multiple uses and benefits (video).Kenaf, with its high protein content (up to 34%), is an excellent first choice for introduction to countries with special emphasis on countries facing pervasive chronic starvation.
Kenaf can be eaten in as little as 10 days after planting. Kenaf stalks can be used for firewood - efficient for countries that must deforest because the "poor" need firewood. There are better ways of cooking – kenaf stalks, etc., than by burning firewood. Even so, 1.6 billion people wake up with the daily problem of finding the day’s firewood for the evening meal.
2. This high yielding crop can be eaten raw or cooked. Feed kenaf pellets to rabbits and chickens to create a self-sustaining eco-community. The animal feed can also be sold for income.
Kenaf seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, for a healthy diet, and can be ground into wonderful gluten-free flour for baking. In Mirebalais, Haiti they use
kenaf flour for several recipes. ½ pound of kenaf flour can make 20 to 30 pan sized breakfast pancakes. (video)
Kenaf seed can be ground into flour by hand, using a simple manual grinding stone. The result is wonderful nutrient rich gluten-free flour that can be used for cooking and baking. You can make 20 to 30 pan sized pancakes with just ½ pound kenaf flour. The best part is that kenaf seed flour has so much nutrients in it that it helps the body feel full because it is satiated. As a result, the need to consume extra empty calories is lessened, resulting in weight loss. Incidentally, nutritionists are currently using this knowledge to develop a Kenaf Protein Bar as a way to fight malnourishment and obesity.
There is Currently a Limit on the Number of Whitten Kenaf Seeds Available Worldwide
Kenaf is in the Hibiscus family, is cousin to Cotton and Okra, and is currently grown mainly in China and India for its high strength fibers. Nobody has focused on kenaf for food because the leaves did not taste good. However, a unique strand known as Whitten Kenaf was developed by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and released for general use in 2005. These leaves taste quite good, a sort of lemony, Cajun taste. This variety of kenaf has wide cotton shaped leaves, can be used for food, has been grown for food in Haiti for 3 years where they love the taste and have developed their own recipes.
The leaves, seeds, stalk and core are all separate harvests. The result is multiple uses and benefits The kenaf plant is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, much faster than local weeds, so it requires minimal soil preparation and is easy to plant and maintain. Because the soil does not have to be tilled, maximum microorganism density is maintained and chemical fertilizers are not needed Kenaf is an extremely efficient plant that uses minimal resources, with exceptional output. Kenaf plants grow up to 20 feet tall. One acre can produce as much as 20 tons of biomass in 6 months.
Low Water Usage
The stalk and roots have the ability to store water like a camel, so the plant performs extremely well, even in arid/drought conditions where most other plants fail. When planted before rainy season, no follow-up watering is needed. This absolves the need for expensive irrigation and water rights issues.
Leaves Feed Humans
Whitten Kenaf leaves are delicious and high in protein, up to 34%. It is regularly eaten in Haiti in soups, salads, boiled like spinach or added to rice. Kenaf can be eaten within 10 days of planting, when just 18 inches tall, and the leaves and stems can be continually harvested from that point forward. Each planted seed has the potential of creating 80 servings of edible food. Therefore, it can be used as a high protein starvation aversion crop. In fact, 2,000 people in Mirebalais, Haiti used kenaf to keep from starving in 2009 . In Haiti, several kenaf leaf recipes have been developed.
Seeds Feed Humans
Whitten seeds can be ground into wonderful gluten-free flour for baking. In Mirebalais, Haiti they use kenaf flour for several recipes. 1/2 pound of kenaf flour can make 20 to 30 pan sized breakfast pancakes.
Kenaf seeds are sold by the pound, which consists of about 20,000 seeds. 1 pound of kenaf seed currently costs $4.00 USD. In poor soil conditions, 1 kenaf plant produces about 200 seeds. 10 acres of poor soil can grow 10,000 lbs of kenaf seed per growing season, representing $40,000 USD of income. Florida research farmer Harry Long, in cooperation Mr. Loftus, came up with an organic formula where they yielded 11,382 seeds per plant !! It takes about 1 year from planting time before local farmers can harvest and sell the seeds as a money crop. They can sell the stalks as firewood at that time, too.
Leaves can be dried and turned into different sized pellets as high protein feed for rabbits, fish, chickens, and goats. Rabbit meat is really wonderful for you, being lower in fats and cholesterol and higher in protein than beef. Commercial grade rabbit farming and fish farming (tilapia) can be sustained with kenaf pellets. (The US currently imports $750M of tilapia per year from China.)
A backyard farming method is also being perfected for small scale production of rabbits, fish, chickens, and goats, on small plots of land using home grown kenaf pellets, virtually eliminating feed costs. This provides meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products for family consumption and for sale/export. This could be a self sustaining source of food and income for the poorest of the poor. They can make $25 per week growing and picking their own kenaf for animal feed, starting within 2 months of planting the seed. This doesnt even take into consideration the income they can receive from selling their livestock.
Kenaf Stove in cooking mode
Kenaf Stove in cooking mode Cooking Fuel: The kenaf stalk has a heat value comparable to burning pine. A low cost, safe, smokeless Kenaf Stove has been designed for high efficiency cooking and bio-char (a form of charcoal) production. The Kenaf Stove burns kenaf or wood in an oxygen deprived environment, resulting in a much cleaner, no smoke fire where the fuel lasts MUCH longer. 4 families can have a yearis supply of fuel from a football field size of planted kenaf. When the air supply to the stove is shut off, bio-char is created. Making bio-char from kenaf and putting it into the soil as a soil amendment replenishes the soil and functions as a fertilizer and a soil stabilizer.
This recapturing of waste lands can halt deforestation and desertification as people use kenaf instead of collecting wood for cooking. Any bio-char not used as fertilizer can be molded into charcoal briquettes. The Kenaf Stove can also use grass, waste paper, etc. to make bio-char which is then made into charcoal briquettes. Families can then sell the charcoal for income.
One acre of kenaf can sequester 8 times as much carbon as an acre of evergreen trees. One acre of kenaf absorbs approximately 10 to 20 tons of Carbon during photosynthesis. When used as cooking fuel on the Kenaf Stove, an additional 5 tons of bio-char is made. When put into the earth, this bio-char permanently stores the carbon in a beneficial way, in the ground.
Kenaf is carbon negative, when you put the bio-char into the soil. If we can change from coal to kenaf for making power, we can sequester enough CO2 per year to completely solve the anthropogenic effect on climate change, impacting global warming
Inventor C. Morrison has developed a biomass power plant that can use kenaf biomass to create a hydrogen/carbonmonoxide gas called syngas. These gasses are sufficient to run an electrical generator. One power plant can service an entire rural village. The biomass yield for an acre of kenaf is 3 to 4 times higher than for trees. 50 acres of kenaf can fuel 1 power plant, perpetually.
This system is self-contained and poses no air quality, water quality, soil degradation, odor, or noise issues. There are no unique construction or installation requirements. It is as simple to operate as any household appliance and is small enough to fit on a trailer (see picture) or be mounted in a small building. The electricity not used by the rural village can be sold to the electrical power grid as an additional source of income. Imagine a constant supply of electricity being supplied to urban centers by rural villages, this in nations plagued by regular brownouts and blackouts. The only by-product from gasification is a sellable bio-char ash that can be used as a soil amendment for growers.
An inexpensive organic fertilizer that can be made locally, using bio-char, is being developed. Bio-char acts as a home for microbial activity. This can be used to enhance soil quality even in the poorest of soils, without using dangerous and expensive chemical fertilizers Bio-char as a fertilizer has been known to double plant growth. This will increase the yields and profitability per square meter of the kenaf plants and other fruits and vegetables grown in subsequent years. This will lead to a virtuous cycle of increasing economic prosperity from year to year, using land resources currently viewed as unproductive.
Kenaf bio-char can even be used in treating human bodily waste to convert the nitrogen into productive forms, turning a waste product into a resource. This would improve sanitary conditions and would have been useful during the recent Cholera outbreak in Haiti. 5 gallon buckets can be used as toilets and when combined with biochar, within 6 months the poo and urine can be safely used as fertilizer. If 2 billion people were to use these toilets, then 2 billion pounds of fertilizer would be generated every day. Over time we could even recapture the deserts.
Textiles The bast (thin outer bark) of the kenaf plant is a high strength fiber used to make burlap bags, plastics, industrial and commercial fabrics, cordage, rope and twine.
Kenaf paper has superior fiber content compared to wood-based paper products, and it takes far less time to grow kenaf compared to trees.
The fibrous outer core of plant stems can be used to make composites, polymers, binders, biodegradable plastic, injection molded panels, engineered wood panels, substitute for carbon, glass, other mineral fibers, fibrous reinforcement of plaster, cement, and wall boards. Construction The Styrofoam-like inner core of the kenaf plant can be used for animal bedding, kitty litter, municipal wastewater treatment, and for oil spill cleanup on land or at sea. In conjunction with recycled wood and recycled concrete, the kenaf core can also be used to make a light weight yet very strong cement block that has great insulation properties and is virtually fireproof. These blocks can be used to build single family homes and multi-story buildings, without using power tools. A self-sustaining environmental home has been designed using kenaf and other technologies, at a cost between $5,000 and $10,000 (depending on conditions, sewage and electrical requirements and sizes) per house. These homes will provide for clean water, housing, electricity, and sanitation. Intended as a developing nation starter home, construction is so simple that kids can assemble a house in 1 day< and a family can easily add-on additional rooms and rent them out as a source of extra income. This makes it possible for single mothers to become financially independent without having to work outside the home. The societal implications of this are staggering
This is a side effect from effectively leveraging kenaf as a way to provide food, shelter, and a living wage, in a rural setting. People living in the city slums can move back to their rural origins and actually provide for themselves, sustainably. The Whitten variety of Hibiscus cannabinus L.,is a good tasting kenaf that has the potential to serve as a food source in many countries.