Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Introduction to bokashi composting

Bokashi Composting

Bokashi composting is an anaerobic process, discovered in rural japanese farms, for converting bio-wastes into useful soil amendments.  Farmers would pile their biodegradable wastes in pits that were then flooded with water and left to ferment for long periods of time.  Modern developments have reduced the fermentation time to just a few weeks and quantified the types of bacterias and yeasts that are particularly useful for this process.

Bokashi composting methods are generally pest-free and are safe for disposing of agricultural residues and bio-wastes.  Bokashi bacteria reduce chemical energy potential in an anaerobic environment, eliminating uncontrolled biological activity and the associated negative odors, while converting potential feedstocks into inert organic acids.

Output from bokashi composting operations is capable of increasing the fertility of agricultural soils and improving the quality and quantity of many types of agricultural products.

Bokashi Bacteria

Bokashi bacteria are largely anaerobic organisms that exist in the environment around us.  The most important bacteria used in bokashi composting are known as lactic acid bacteria

Some important bacteria are:

  • acidoph

These bacteria and many others work together to break down tough carbonaceous matter, like stems and woody materials, so that it can decompose more readily in the soil.


Other Benefits of Bokashi Composting