Bokashi is a fermentation process of anaerobic composting.  It originates in Japan, where ancient farmers would bury their organic waste in the ground.  That ground was rich with microorganisms, but deficient in air, which led to fermentation. The waste fermented. Then the product, buried in their crop fields.  Those fields in turn, began to out perform the non-bokashi fields. So, there you have it.

Modern Bokashi composting began with “Effective Microorganisms”. Discovered by Dr. Teruo Higa. This is because he inoculated bran with his patented mix of beneficial microorganisms. Then, he added it to the ancient method, and modern Bokashi was born.

Bokashi is really a 2 step process. The first step happens in a container. The food scraps are prepared. Layered in the container with the specially inoculated bran. Then, the air is squeezed out. The second step then happens in the ground. The container is filled and the contents fermented. It is then emptied into the ground and covered. There, it quickly decomposes into useable, nutrient dense, soil food.

Click on the links below to follow along my families experiment in an effort to reduce our waste.  After 1 month we are on track to divert over 400 pounds of food waste from the landfill!

Bokashi compost pail

I experimented with a 5 Gal pail and a homemade plunger.  But, if you would like to go the technical route. I recommend to check out the pail below, because the drainage spout on the bottom is the key factor.  Don’t forget the bran!  You will need that too!

Bokashi compost bin

Also, check out the other Bokashi pages

The Bokashi Set-Up

The First Week

One Month In   

The Continuing Saga…

Because I need a 2023 Update.

So, here is a short video to show how I add food scraps to the pail.

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