Join the OZCF Bokashi Brigade
Our soil works extra hard to provide our plants with nutrients and needs a heavy dose of compost to make all the veggies tasty and gorgeous – and we need your help.
Our team of farmers, in consultation with soil experts, has determined that the bokashi method is the most suitable one for OZCF, and the good news is that it’s easy for all of us to get involved and help.
What is Bokashi?
Bokashi composting uses a selected group of micro-organisms to anaerobically ferment organic waste. The micro-organisms are applied using an impregnation carrier, either wheat bran or sawdust or both. The fermentation process breaks the organic matter down in a process that is odour-free. Unlike more conventional composting systems, bokashi systems will also break down heavier items like meat, fish and cheese.
The process is very fast and usually takes less than two weeks. The finished product has a sweet, pickled odour. Once the fermentation has completed the kitchen waste can be fed to the earthworms or be buried directly in the ground. These will take up to a month to integrate into the soil. This process will speed up once the microbial count increases in the soil.
Bokashi composting has proven to be a safe, convenient, and quick way to compost food. Since the process is done in a sealed system concerns about insects and smells are eliminated, making it ideal for an urban setting.
What can I do?
You can bring your kitchen waste, layered with Bokashi, to the Farm so we can use it to feed the soil. How?
- Throw your kitchen waste into the bucket
- Sprinkle a bit of Bokashi on top
- Put the lid back on the bucket.
- When the bucket is full, bring it to the Farm and we’ll give you an empty bucket in exchange
How do I get started?
Easy – Here’s how it works:
- Buy a Bokashi starter kit, containing 1 kg of Bokashi and 1 plastic bucket with a lid (20 litre). Cost = R200.
- Most households will want an extra bucket or two. We have extra buckets for R100 each, or 3 for R270. We recommend getting the 3, but you can take it as it comes and just get more buckets as you figure out how many you’ll need.
- If you just need to buy Bokashi, it is R100 per kg.
Remember, once your bucket is full, you just drop it off at the Farm and you’ll get a clean, empty bucket in exchange.