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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865717524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865717527
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to thank you for writing this book Adam - FINALLY we have a well-researched, comprehensive guide to bokashi composting. I've already changed a few of my techniques based on your advice and my bokashi is decomposing faster as a result. Your information is thorough and your writing style is clear and refreshingly humble. You've really created THE step-by-step guide for making bokashi, and 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

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Silva on January 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
When I received the book I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. I love to compost and was already utilizing Bokashi but was unclear on some of the practices. This book really helped me to understand how I can make my own Beneficial Microorganisms and also how to make my own Bokashi Grain. I consider myself pretty knowledgable on bokashi but this book clearly showed me I had more to learn. I already had one Bokashi Bin setup inside my kitchen and I use a small waste bin for all my food scraps while I cook. Now I'm going to use the directions in chapter 5 to make another bokashi bucket. I wish everyone would do this, such a fast way to compost.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Dillon on January 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
If you're like me, you might have wondered why you can't compost meat or dairy at home according to the standard wisdom. It was that thought that started me on my own bokashi journey a couple years ago. At that time, learning about bokashi was a time-consuming process of searching the Internet, digging through online accounts of various quality, and experimenting. And while I think that experimentation is a worthwhile and necessary part of the process, I would have loved to have this book when I started moving beyond the standard household composting regime into the realm of composting pretty much all of my family's food waste.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt on December 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is a is as good as it gets in the realm of Bokashi Composting. I have been doing Bokashi for a couple years, and have learned so much already! The amount of information contained is incredible. The book is very straight forward and reads very well. I recommend it to anyone from the beginner to advanced Bokashi Composter!

Thanks Adam!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Schelle on January 20, 2014
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Well written, good read for a beginner. However I would recommend You save your money and check out online resources. The guide that came with my bokashi kit was a informative as the book and free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen T Dillenbeck on March 14, 2014
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This composter does all it says it will. I can add my table scraps, don't have to worry about how much in browns and how much in greens I have to add. It's incredible and there is no smell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mheym56820 on March 19, 2014
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As others mentioned, yes this information is available for free on the internet if you do your research. I however like to have a book in hand and found that it was laid out well from start to finish and was an easy read. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone interested in learning about the bokashi process
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nancy leventhal on February 23, 2014
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Well written and well organized. I have been kitchen composting for several years using bokashi bran. I am often asked why my garden is so lush and productive. My answer is my bokashi compost and deep watering.
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