Church + bokashi = food for people who need it.


(DNAinfo/Tuan Nguyen()

Just posted this on our facebook page but thought it was so inspiring I should post it here as well. A church in Harlem has taken their precious inner city land and made a farm out of it. They’re feeding their parishioners with healthy, home grown food from their new veggie patch. Just watch the film here, it’s done with love and compassion. Now this is what a church can really add to the world!

Because their land is polluted and hardly farming land (surprise!) they’ve built raised beds to grow their veggie beds. Probably the way to go regardless of what you have under your feet, it’s a much easier work height, lot less weeding, drains well and warms up easily. And looks beautiful.

They haven’t made a lot of fuss about it in the article but they are using Bokashi in the garden. Makes perfect sense really. I have no idea where they’re sourcing their food waste but the possibilities are endless when the whole project is part of a community-based program.

A lot of people are working on many fronts to start up urban growing projects, often on abandoned lots or in community parks. I’ve never seen a churchyard used in this way before and it’s obviously the perfect hand-in-hand solution. Hope we get to see a lot more of it!!

/Jenny

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120814/west-harlem/st-marys-urban-farm-reclaims-land-feed-west-harlem-parish

Outdoor planters — rain and Bokashi do wonders!

Remember the tests we were starting up a few weeks back with bricklayers buckets? Sturdy black plastic tubs — seemed like they’d be perfect for container gardening. Well — they are just brilliant!

Under all the flowers above is a 65 liter tub, filled with a good strong bokashi mix. I planted some rather half-hearted dahlias in it a couple of months back and pushed in a few seeds of this and that for good effect. That’s it. Admittedly it has rained rather a lot this summer but I give the Bokashi and the warm black container full credit for the show. Next year I’m planning to do more of these!

My idea come autumn is to empty the tubs into my garden beds (around the perennials where it’s hopeless to dig down any Bokashi) and stack them in the woodshed. During the winter I thought I could prepare them gradually by tipping in a bucket of Bokashi from the kitchen now and then and covering with half a sack of potting mix. Come spring they should be ready to plant and I will have got rid of a lot of winter bokashi.

Next pic was a bit of an experiment. I was a bit short on potting mix the day I came to plant out these flowers, early June I think it was. So I just dug up a wheelbarrow or two of soil from my “soil factory” (in reality a big timber raised bed with a tarp over). I have no idea of what the mix was but it would have been extremely strong as we’ve dug in countless buckets of Bokashi in the soil factory and it’s always just packed with worms. The base soil in is some poor clayish top soil we had left over from some building project.

Anyhow the result surprised me. I thought that these plants might either die from a total overkill on the nutrition front or they would just produce a lot of green leaves and skip the flowers.

On the contrary! I haven’t touched them since and apart from a lot of rain all summer they’ve just quietly done their thing. Admittedly they are a bit over the top but still — I kind of like them this way.

So now I know what to do next year!