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Who?

Everyone can do it - it is simple to do and can be done in a home or an apartment.

What?

Bokashi is a Japanese term meaning 'fermented organic matter'. It is often referred to as a type of 'composting' but it is actually an anaerobic fermentation process, resulting in a much different end product than that produced via composting. Many people like bokashi because it is very easy, and generally (bad) odor-free. All that is needed is a bucket (with lid), some special bokashi mix, and organic waste.

When?

Just collect your food waste and throw in the bokashi bucket with bokashi mix (bran/sawdust inoculated with microorganisms). Fast results - 2-4 weeks.

Where?

Convenient for all homes. Keep in your kitchen, garage or patio. All you need is room for a container about the size of a 5-gallon bucket. You use a tight fitting lid, so there is no odor or mess if you keep it inside. Unlike composting, no measurable gases are produced and you will not notice any bad odors. It is perfectly safe to operate in the home. No methane gas is produced. The system is completely sealed, therefore no mice, rats, cockroaches, or other pests will be attracted to the fermenting organic waste. You will not be bothered by fruit flies or any other insects coming to the waste material.

Why?

Bokashi is used worldwide and reduces our dependency on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Compost all of your food waste or organic matter including meat, fish, oily foods, and dairy. Organic waste makes up a considerable proportion of the total waste stream that ends up in the landfill (typically in the vicinity of 20-40%). You will be able to increase the nutrient level of your soil with finished product. A by-product of the process is bokashi tea. This is a liquid that forms during the process which is loaded with microbes and nutrients. If you dilute the tea 100 to 1 with water and then use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants, they will get the benefit of the nutrients and microbes. You may also pour the leachate down the drain to help keep the drains clean. Safe for septic systems.

How?

There are 3 important things needed to get started with bokashi:
1. waste materials
2. a bokashi bucket
3. bokashi mix