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Living Oceans Society 10th Anniversary

By , 15 October 2008 18:28

I donated a bokashi bucket to the Living Oceans Society‘s silent auction

Living Oceans Society is Canada’s largest organization focusing exclusively on marine conservation issues. We are based in Sointula, a small fishing village on the Central Coast of British Columbia.

Living in a coastal community, we are reminded each day that it’s not just about the fish—it’s about the fish and the people. Living Oceans Society believes that people are part of the environment and that by protecting the B.C. coastal ecosystem, we can build sustainable communities today and for our children.

Since Jennifer Lash started Living Oceans Society in 1998, we have advocated for oceans that are managed for the common good, according to science-based policies that consider entire ecosystems.

I’m in good company with many other businesses contributing to a great cause:

Living Oceans Society – Join us in Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary!


Using bokashi to help control fruit flies

By , 5 October 2008 17:36

Bruce from HT Naturals writes:

We started using bokashi to help control the fruit flies in our small compost collection in our office/warehouse. The bokashi has worked perfectly and exactly as we had hoped for that purpose. We definitely saw an immediate and significant reduction in the fruit flies due to the bokashi and they are virtually non existent now (when we stay on top of adding the bokashi). As an added bonus the compost is also way less smelly now. We will continue to use bokashi and strongly recommend it to anyone who is composting in a work and home situation.



Emily for Greenest Person on the Planet – YouTube

By , 29 July 2008 14:18

Emily – one my clients – won the semi-final of this  contest! She has a bokashi bucket in her company’s office and her mother is using bokashi on Bowen Island. Congratulations Emily!!



From an article in the Vancouver Sun:

Emily Jubenvill is more than just an environmentally minded Vancouverite.

She is the greenest person in Canada, and one of five people worldwide in the running to become the "Greenest Person on the Planet."

More than 600 people from 25 countries entered the contest, which posed a series of questions testing entrants’ eco-commitment.

Fifty of them were named finalists in the global search for the greenest person, with voters asked to cast their ballots for the top five contenders. Source

I'll be at the Vancouver Farmers Market this summer

By , 30 May 2008 13:58

It is official. I have 16 days at the Vancouver Farmers Market this year. Eight days each at Kitsilano & Riley Park. You can see a schedule on the right, but for the record, here are the days:

  • June 1 – Kitsilano
  • June 11 – Riley Park
  • June 15 – Kitsilano
  • June 25 – Riley Park
  • July 9 – Riley Park
  • July 20 – Kitsilano
  • July 23 – Riley Park
  • Aug 3 – Kitsilano
  • Aug 6 – Riley Park
  • Aug 20 – Riley Park
  • Aug 24 – Kitsilano
  • Sept 3 – Riley Park
  • Sept 17 – Riley Park
  • Sept 28 – Kitsilano
  • Oct 12 – Kitsilano
  • Oct 26 – Kitsilano

    This is a whole new marketing dynamic. Previous years, I parked my bicycle outside

    Bokashi Bike

    the market area, displayed my bokashi kits and arranged to meet with people later in the week. The inner cynic in me says that officials at YLFMS – who are all great people – let me have a booth to keep me from going there on the days that I’m not inside. I don’t mind at all!

    In the past month, I have acquired a tent for my booth, a banner, folding tables, decorative items for displaying my wares, new printed materials, arranged Car Co-op vehicle use etc. The biggest challenge is trying to determine  how much stock to bring. I don’t want to run out before the final bell goes. This week, I’m bringing it all!

    I already have commitments for orders this Sunday. That’s a nice feeling.

    So watch this space for updates. I can’t live blog my first day, but I’ll try to make notes as I go along and post it in the evening along with some pictures.

    One more thing: Letting me know in advance that you are coming to purchase my products on the market days would be greatly appreciated. That way, I can hold items aside for you until you arrive.

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    If you are in the Vancouver network on Facebook you can join the Farmers Market group page here and their fan page here.

    I also have a fan page on Facebook: Great Day Bokashi

    Bokashi Question – Why am I using so much bokashi?

    By , 29 May 2008 06:32

    J. received a bokashi bucket as part of a corporate prize draw, so I did not have the opportunity to explain the system in advance or provide a small intro demonstration. My instruction sheet and information brochure are being changed to include some of the concerns raised.

    Edited for clarity:

    I need more bokashi. I am only 1 person using this system & started the composted at the end of March — so in less than 2 months I’ve used up the bag. I think used too much –but the reason why was because every time I opened the bucket to add more food scraps, I would find mold on the top of the food/enzyme pile AND all over the interior sides of the bucket.  So, I would try to scrape the sides & add more bokashi in order to cover the mold & aid digestion.

    I’m concerned that this system really does not break down the organic materials into compost. It really is in a very early state of decomposition and not appropriate for putting in my window planters (I’m an apt dweller). It appears that it only gets to a state of partially digested/rotted food. Is this correct?



    My reply:

    Thanks for your comments. I’ll answer them as best as I can. Using a 1Kg bag of bokashi in a two month period is within a normal range but for a single person, you are correct: it should last longer. Bokashi is very forgiving. As long as it has something to eat/grow on, it will continue to do its work.

    With regard to the mold, on Page 2 of the instruction sheet is says:

    The Signs Of A Successful Fermentation
    Smell: Well fermented food organics should have a smell similar to that of pickles or
    cider vinegar.

    Visual: Occasionally, particularly for longer fermentation periods a white cotton-like
    fungi growth may appear on the surface. This shows that a good fermentation
    process has occurred.

    The Signs That All Is Not Well*
    Smell: A strong rancid or rotten smell indicates a poor batch of compost.

    Visual: The presence black or blue-green fungi indicates that contamination has occurred
    and the process has not fermented but putrefied.

    Was your mold white or black? Did your food waste smell fermented or putrid?

    With regard to what is happening in the bucket, again, you are correct: the system does not break down the organic materials into "black gold" compost.

    It states this on Page 2 of the instruction sheet:

    The Composting Process
    The composting process is one of fermentation, which is like pickling
    onions in a jar. The organic food will not breakdown or decompose
    while it is in the bucket. So if you have a bucket that is fermenting
    with a pickling/vinegar type smell and looks the same when you put the
    food in the bucket, this is okay composting is still happening.

    On Page 4 it states that the finishing process is as follows:

    How To Use Your Biosa Bokashi Compost or What to do when the bucket is full

    In existing gardens
    Dig a hole/trench approximately 20-25 cms deep, add the fermented food organics and mix with some soil, then cover with the remaining soil. The FM fermented compost is acidic when first dug in but neutralises after 7-10 days. Bacteria in the soil and compost will start to break down the food and after about 2-4 weeks all the food will have decomposed. Alternatively you can add it to an existing compost bin.

    For people who live in apartments, there are different solutions possible and I offer the suggestion provided in this weblink:

    According to one of my clients, this has worked very well for him.

    I hope this is helpful for you J. The concerns you raised will be made more clear in my information brochures and instructions.

    Please contact me to get another bag of bokashi.



    *I did not include this section in my original reply.



    By , 11 May 2008 19:36

    Isabella uses social media a lot and was inspired by moneycoach to get on board the bokashi bandwagon.




    By , 11 May 2008 19:18

    Lisa works at Junxion Strategy which has a bokashi bucket in their company kitchen.


    Client: Compost Guy on Greener Business Podcast

    By , 2 March 2008 08:21

    GreenerBusiness 16: Starting a Compost

    One of my clients – Bentley Christie – is interviewed about composting by this online non-profit that “provides open graphic design and other services/projects.” Near the end, when Bentley talks about bokashi, they feature two of my photos. Here is one of them:

    Bokashi composting at work #2

    Credit for all Flickr Creative Commons photos is given at the end of the podcast.

    Compost Guy makes bokashi

    By , 7 January 2008 12:10

    Making Bokashi

    Bentley relates his story on making a small batch of bokashi, including pictures and links to two different reference pages.

    Truth be told, I wasn’t really looking forward to making my own mix. I thought it was going to end up being a huge hassle, and I wondered why on earth I hadn’t simply ordered ready-made bokashi. Now that it is all taken care of however, I’m very I glad I did! It was a lot of fun, and much easier than I expected.

    Yes. Once it is done the feeling of accomplishment can be very satisfying. I offered a few additional tips in the comments section.

    Client: Compost Guy writes about making bokashi

    By , 28 December 2007 17:28

    Compost Guy writes about making bokashi in Bokashi Update

    In my last Bokashi-related post I mentioned that I was considering making my own bokashi mixture. Well, I decided to take that route and ended up ordering a bottle of ‘friendly microorganisms’ (Biosa [tm]) liquid solution from Great Day Bokashi. I’m happy to report that my bottle of microbes arrived today! The unlabelled container could easily be mistaken for a bottle of malt vinegar, so I will definitely make sure to label it before putting it in the fridge!

    Read it all…

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