Bruce Mol is a friend of a friend and I was introduced to his inspiring project the other day. Last year at the Armstrong IPE they introduced a bokashi pilot program of sorts where they collected the food waster from the fair over 5 days in 45 gallon barrels. All in all they collected 1 ton of organic waste that they then shredded, added bokashi mixture, sealed and let ferment for three weeks.
Then then put all that speedy compost into a test plot where they analyzed the soil pre and post bokashi. The results were as expected they increased the moisture content of the soil and iron and nitrogen levels. Potassium and phosphorus levels also increased and all in all the pilot was a great success.
You can read the full report with all the technical jargon here.
Now they want to spread the word of their success and spread the bokashi. Bruce has helped create a film all about the project and how integrating bokashi into a community composting plan can benefit everyone. So they have entered a contest where Pepsi (of all people) will allocate funds to the most popular projects it receives applications to.
You have to sign up to vote which is a bit of a pain but I think this project is worth it.
I have two garbage cans in my backyard one is my ‘normal’ compost complete with holes in the sides for air flow where I take my kitchen scraps and dump them in, maybe sprinkle some peat moss on top. And I have my ‘bokashi’ compost where I dumped my kitchen scraps and then put bokashi on top and sealed it up (closed the lid). My normal compost stinks and is still very full where as my bokashi garbage pail is about half the size and almost odorless. The rot happening in my sealed pail far outweighs that of the ‘normal’ compost process.
Sign-up and VOTE HERE: http://www.refresheverything.ca/feedthesoil and tell your friends.
You can check out more on his project at www.bokashimovie.com