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Bokashi gardening in Edmonton

The good news is it’s thawed in Edmonton! As it has here (even if we got some snow this week!) The apple blossoms are just about to spring and life is good. Again.

Remember the Bokashi project that Mike in Edmonton is running? Here’s an update from one of the test group. Thumbs up it seems.

This little guy is doing great, he’s clearly in charge of sprinkling on the bokashi bran each day into the bucket. Anyhow, if you’re curious, have a read and see how the project is progressing.

Another lovely Canadian with a mission is Desi in Edmonton. Here’s her latest bokashi post (she’s done a few good ones on the subject). Now we’re just waiting to hear the latest from Edmonton now that life has once again turned green there as it has there. So Desi, how’s things in your bokashi garden?!

And Mike, the guy behind it all and rather an interesting blog. Here’s his latest update with follow-up from one of the other members of the test squad, Cara. This is a really nice way of cranking up awareness, no preconceived ideas, no flogging of stuff, no heavy scientific stuff, just some nice friendly kitchen floor experiments. I like it!

Bokashi is hot in Edmonton!

Here’s one of the cutest little Bokashi guys I’ve seen for a while!! His name’s Dexter and you can read about him and his family’s Bokashi project here. They’ve just started up their bin as part of a cool project going on in Edmonton just now. Wrote about it a while ago here and here. Mike Thomas, the guy behind the project, mailed me an update yesterday. Great to hear it’s up and running! Mike wrote:

…I will have a post up about it at www.adhdcanuck.ca very shortly but shall outline the basics here…also I posted about my own experience at the link below, which covers the experience of a single person fairly well.

I placed a bokashi system from www.ecolivingorganics.com in each of four urban environments. An office, a busy family of 5, a young couple in an apartment, and a busy professional power couple in a home starting a family. They have all been operating for weeks, except one which just started due to a family vacation.

I got some great high profile participants including the Deputy Mayor of Edmonton (city of 1 Million) where I live, and an NGO office called the Alberta Council for Global Co-Operation. (www.acgc.ca).

I have tracking mechanisms in place, and am going to demonstrate how it is now easy and cheap to reduce your garbage output by 50% or more, even in a dense urban environment. They will be reviewing all aspects of the system, ease of use, cleaning, smell, how it integrates with their lives over time, and generate a LOT of tips about how this composter works in different environments. They behave differently when you fill them quickly, slowly, the type of material added, and the experiences of new people who have never done it before is very important.

There’s also another family on the go in Edmonton who are blogging about their Bokashi project, more about them in a separate post! So far so good it seems for them, it seems to be turning out easier and better than they thought. Which is handy when you’re flat out with everything else life throws your way.

What’s especially interesting about this project is that life in Edmonton is about as cold and white and icy and snowy as it is here. Don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining all the time, but it really forces you to be creative about your composting strategy! (Along with a fair few other things…)

Winter storage is the big one. If you can find a way of storing your Bokashi over the winter you’ve got it made, because when spring comes you’ll be really, really glad you did. Even a small garden can take any amount of Bokashi, the soil just goes on getting better and better. Insulated compost, biobags stacked until spring, sacks with leaf mulch and Bokashi — it will be interesting to see what these guys do in the months when you can’t get a spade near the soil.

And for the experiment gang there in Canada — please keep us posted! It’s really interesting to see what you’re doing. This community experiment is a really great initiative, not just for your local community but for all the rest of us out here in Bokashi-world who can pick up some inspiration from your efforts. Thanks!

Bokashi experiment on the go in Edmonton

Just got a comment on our “about” page from Mike in Edmonton, I wrote about his Bokashi startup a couple of months ago and he’s got right into it since then.

So much so he’s  running a cool experiment in mid-winter Canada. To round up a bunch of people to test Bokashi where they live. In houses, apartments, condos (can someone please tell me what is a condo actually is?) — families, singles, flatmates.

The local Bokashi supplier is backing him and he’ll track the various outcomes. Needless to say I’m dead curious to see how it turns out. Midwinter Canada? Sort of sends the same sort of arctic chills up your spine as this place. So the perfect test in other words. If we can get Bokashi going in these climes (and belive me, we can!), then it’ s got to be a piece of cake down in the tropics. Which is basically everywhere south of the arctic circle…

So, know anyone who lives in Edmonton? Get them to have a chat with Mike!! And let us know how you get on!

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Comments from a Bokashi newbie

My Composter. Stuck in the corner of my kitchen.

Came across this blog from a guy out there (Edmonton, Canada I think) who’s just started on Bokashi. Thought you might be interested in hearing his perspective — so far so good it seems, he is really positive and want’s to make a difference. His buckets are working fine and his plan is to pass his ready batches on to his neighbours for their compost. Great news for the neighbours if they are keen gardeners… 

See here for my first post, when I originally bought this little wonder It has been operating in my single-male household for just under 2 months. I add bones, meat scraps, fat, veggie skins and ends, leftover salads and rice dish scrapings, the usual stuff.

I have found the process to be fairly easy, and completely bug free.  I have also observed very little in the way of smell. A light pickling smell inside when you open the lid generally, slightly stronger when the system gets out of balance and something is wrong.

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