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Bokashi Composting: Scraps to Soil in Weeks Paperback – December 31, 2013
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-- Phil Nauta, author of Building Soils Naturally
As we reach our teens in the 21st Century, it’s clear that we must explore more and newer ways of reducing our waste output. We have already achieved great reductions in what enters urban landfill sites, and more efficient recycling. But what can we do in our own homes in our urban condos and apartment buildings? In this upbeat, informative book, Adam Footer reveals the Bokashi composting option, and shows us how to further reduce our food waste, turning it back into the Earth and enriching the soil as we do. His explanation of bacterial culturing is clear and simply stated. Whether you purchase a home Bokashi kit or build your own, following Footer’s foolproof instructions, this is the manual for you. -- Mark Macdonald, West Coast Seeds
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The safe, clean and convenient way to compost ALL your food scraps
A well-researched, comprehensive guide to bokashi composting people lucky enough to pick up this book will have created a beautiful microbial inoculant for their gardens and houseplants in no time. --- Phil Nauta, author of Building Soils Naturally
Bokashi composting is a safe, quick, and convenient way to compost in your kitchen, garage, or apartment, using microorganisms to anaerobically ferment all food waste (including meat and dairy). Since the process takes place in a closed system, insects and smell are controlled, making it ideal for urban or business settings. Unlike conventional composting, the bokashi method is quicker and easier, with compost usually ready to be integrated into your soil or garden in around two weeks.
From scraps to soil, Bokashi Composting is the complete, step-by-step, do-it-yourself guide to this amazing process, with comprehensive information covering:
Background the history, development and scientific basis of the technique
Getting started -- composting with commercially available products or homemade systems
Making your own system plans and bokashi bran recipes using common materials and locally sourced ingredients
Growing improving your soil with fermented compost and bokashi juice.
This essential guide is a must-read for gardeners, homeowners, apartment dwellers, traditional composters, and anyone who wants a safe, simple, and convenient way to keep kitchen waste out of the landfill.
In this upbeat, informative book, Adam Footer reveals the Bokashi composting option, and shows us how to further reduce our food waste, turning it back into the Earth and enriching the soil as we do. His explanation of bacterial culturing is clear and simply stated. Whether you purchase a home Bokashi kit or build your own, following Footer’s foolproof instructions, this is the manual for you. --- Mark Macdonald, West Coast Seeds
Adam Footer is a permaculture designer with a focus on soil building, food forestry, cover crops, water conservation and harvesting, and natural farming. He is a tireless promoter of the use of bokashi composting to maximize the recycling of food waste.
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Okay, so what didn't I like? The method seems to attract a lot of pseudoscientists, and the chapter titled "The Science" made me cringe. There's no attempt to cut through the commodification of the method to determine whether you really do need all of the types of microorganisms found in the store-bought starter solutions, although the author firmly tells us that a homemade Lactobacillus starter (using whey from yogurt, for example) won't be as effective. Meanwhile, Footer uses words like "consortium" to refer to the supposedly symbiotic relationship existing within the commercial starter...but gives very little information on how the consortium is supposed to be better than plain old whey. Then we hit the point where the author promises that the commercial starter will "reeducate other 'wild' microbes" --- that's where I had to force myself to keep on reading.
In the end, I'd say that if you enjoy publications by Acres USA, then chances are you'll love this book.Read more ›
In this compact and well-organized book, Footer lays out the history and science behind bokashi, its relationship to traditional composting and the soil cycle, and a range of means for applying the bokashi method to process food waste; as far as I know, this is the first book of its kind for the English audience. It is comprehensive, covering the microbial science of bokashi, the production of inoculants, bokashi bucket construction, and the use of fermented food waste and leachate for agricultural and horticultural applications. It is easily readable for both the bokashi novice and the veteran; those who just want to learn about an expanded composting method and purchase a commercial solution can do that, while those who want to follow a DIY mentality and dig in can follow the bokashi method using widely available raw materials and their own time and effort.
My one wish for the second edition is that the pictures be in color. Being able to see what a normal bokashi bucket looks like doesn't really work in black and white.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good basic intro to bokashi. I'm a little skeptical about not being able to make my own starter. Also I was not impressed by the author downgrading other composting methods. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N8theGr8
Any Book that you can Learn one thing from is worth the Price of the Book.........A good Book........Published 2 months ago by Quagmeyers
Very pleased with this concise treatment of topic and I am currently doing it and training othersPublished 5 months ago by Karen Wilkens
The book is great. Explains bokashi composting well, etc. We just didn't like it. The pay off wasn't worth the smell!Published 6 months ago by Amy in PA
Gave this as a gift. Came quickly in excellent condition. Birthday grandpa very pleased with the book and contentPublished 8 months ago by Cheryl Sterling
Starting this book with little knowledge about bokashi composting, and a fierce dislike for chemistry, I had high hopes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Becky
The author of this book is enthused about the topic, but he could have made some use of an editor. All kinds of bad grammar and typos. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeffrey Taylor