What is Bokashi?

Bokashi Is a Japanese word that means “fermented organic matter.” Like composting, it breaks down organic waste into a rich soil amendment, but Bokashi takes around one month to break down into microbe-rich humus, rather than the typical 6-9 months that it takes a traditional compost heap to break down. 

The Bokashi process can accommodate pre-and post-consumer vegetable, meat, dairy, and yard waste.  It does not produce carbon monoxide or methane because carbon is not oxidized in an anaerobic environment.  It is stored in sealed containers, and is clean and odor-free.  When the containers are opened, they smell like pickles.  It is called “compost alternative” because it does not have odor, pest, or leachate problems that require compost regulation.

Although Bokashi is relatively new in the United States, it is widely used in many parts of the world.


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 The Bokashi process does not involve harmful bacteria, only good bacteria involved in fermentation just like the ones in our own bodies.

 The Bokashi process is an efficient method to fully utilize waste, by turning it into valuable carbon and nutrients that are readily taken up by plants. Carbon is the base of all organic nutrients and there are no synthetic fertilizers that return it to the soil, so if we are trying to maintain and enhance the fertility of our soil, adding carbon back via composting and Bokashi is the only way.

 The very same microbes that break down the food waste in the Bokashi cycle, help plants absorb the nutrients in the soil by breaking them down into a form which the plants can use more effectively.  Microbes are almost as integral to plant nutrition as the roots of the plant, and using natural additives like Bokashi will ensure a healthy garden from the ground up!