Bokashi – Bubble House worms

We are delighted to be joined by Woody and her team, who will be helping us deal with all food waste produced by this year’s festival.
We promote global worming and sustainable living.
Worms are nature’s recyclers, they turn food waste into nutrient rich worm casts. We also make bokashi bran, a Japanese system for fermenting all your food waste including meat, fish and dairy.

PRO-BIOTIC COMPOSTING USING EM BOKASHI   (Bokashi is the Japanese word for fermented organic matter.)

The problem with putting your mixed kitchen waste into a normal compost bin is that if it contains meat or fish or dairy products it becomes disgusting, it creates flies, maggots, attracts rats, produces ammonia and methane. This is because it putrifies under pathogenic bacterial processes. The good news is the application of bokashi bran can turn this process of putrefaction into fermentation.

What it entails: Collect your food waste in an airtight lidded container, sprinkle a layer of Bokashi bran over food scraps every time you add them, once full leave the container for 2 weeks for the fermentation process to take place. After 2 weeks add the contents to your compost bin or dig a hole in the ground and bury it. It will break down in 4 to 6 weeks, the fermented matter produces abundant amounts of nutrients and anti oxidants which revitalize soil and it is teeming with pro-biotic bacteria which enhance the health of your plants.

To use this system you do need access to garden to either bury the fermented waste or to add it to a compost bin. It is therefore not ideal for people who live in flats unless you have access to communal gardens. I do know someone who collects her food waste in a bokashi bucket and then gives it to her mother to add to her compost bin, that’s dedication for you.

Some benefits of the Bokashi System
• No smells because friendly and safe bacteria are used
• No fruit flies
• Small & compact for the kitchen or can be kept outside
• Composts cooked and uncooked food, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables
• Will rebuild the soil in your garden on a microbial level
• Will decontaminate soil from harmful pathogens and pollutants
• Watch your garden bloom with new life as you bury your fermented food waste directly under the soil
• Be part of an organic solution by directing food waste away from landfill.

We make Bokashi Active Bran by mixing bran and molasses that has been inoculated with a pro-biotic mixture of micro-organisms sometimes called EMs or Effective micro-organisms. It is a mixed microbial culture of selected species of micro-organisms that are all beneficial and naturally occurring.

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