January 7, 2015 in Just Posts
Happy 2015! Freer Organics has so much to offer this year. Starting out, we would like to introduce our new Boise food, event, and brewery waste recycling program. This program is exactly what Boise, Idaho has needed for a very long time. Freer Organics doesn’t stop there either we have developed composting systems for the average homeowner and business to be able to compost food waste at record speeds, less than 7 weeks! No stink, no turning, just down right an easy and effective way to compost.
May we suggest something different? An easier more efficient way to compost ALL types of food waste, even meats and fats.
If you haven’t heard of it already, it’s called Bokashi Composting. Primarily done indoors, and all you need is a 5 gallon bucket, some EM bran, and little knowledge.Bokashi composting is an anaerobic form of composting which means, without the use of oxygen.
What makes bokashi composting so interesting?
Well for us it was simple. We can recycle and compost ALL food waste not just fruits and vegetables, but meat and fat products too. This allows us to breakdown waste and produce quality soil amendments and fertilizers at a much quicker rate than traditional composting methods would.
Aerobic (traditional composting) and Anaerobic (Bokashi composting) are different, and without getting to technical I will put this as simply as possible.
The microorganisms are drawn from 10 genera belonging to five different families and include both aerobic and anaerobic species. It is this, which is perhaps the most outstanding characteristic of bokashi composting. Both aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms not only can, but do, quite happily coexist within it as a culture. What this means, in fact, is that bokashi compost has all types of microorganisms not just aerobic or anaerobic, but both.
There are two important species among these microorganisms; they are the photosynthetic bacteria and azotobacters. Both species fulfill the vital function of nitrogen fixation; however, conditions required for survival by each species are diametrically opposed to one another. Photosynthetic bacteria are anaerobic which means they cannot tolerate oxygen. On the other hand, azotobacters, are aerobic and thrive on oxygen.
How do they co-exist only in Bokashi compost and teas?
Due to the diversity of food waste applied throughout the Bokashi composting system, they can happily exchange food sources, and are equally capable of living and flourishing together under one roof, so to speak. Our azotobacters can feed off the food waste containing enough oxygen to survive; as a result our photosynthetic bacteria can feed and thrive off the waste matter produced from our azotobacters. The waste matter contains little to no oxygen after the azotobacters are done with it. This is the mutual exchange that allows these microorganisms to coexist. Bokashi compost systems are fairly airtight and allow little oxygen. The diversity in food waste allows just enough oxygen, for the oxygen loving microbes to survive. The method of Bokashi composting creates mutual diversity in many microorganisms, not just the two I’ve focused on.
It might be immodest on our part to make such a claim, but we believe Bokashi composting and the use of these effective microorganisms could change the gardening and agriculture world as we know it. Bringing us a step closer to a world united in coexistence and co-prosperity, healing the soil and growing healthy food.
Experience Bokashi composting today!