No Smelly Odors With Bokashi

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - West Oahu Islander -

Board of Wa­ter Sup­ply and Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Gar­den in­vite the pub­lic to a hands-on work­shop to learn the ba­sics of bokashi com­post­ing.

The ses­sion is sched­uled for 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 17 at Halawa Xeriscape Gar­den.

More than 30 years ago, Ja­panese mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist and or­ganic farmer Teruo Higa first dis­cov­ered bokashi, an al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional meth­ods of com­post­ing.

It’s a process that doesn’t emit odors or re­quire bugs, but in­stead uti­lizes a mix of nat­u­ral mi­crobes called “ef­fec­tive micro­organ­isms.”

Jan Nadamoto will lead the work­shop, which will ex­plore how bokashi works and var­i­ous ways its mix and byprod­ucts can be used.

Work­shop fee is $10, or $5 for Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Gar­den, which in­cludes in­struc­tion and guid­ance, as well as one pound of bokashi mix, which will be ready to use about two weeks later.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the work­shop be­gins Dec. 30 and closes at 2 p.m. Jan. 16, or when all spa­ces are filled.

To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion, call 748-5363, email work­shops@hbws.org or visit board­ofwa­ter­sup­ply.com.

Bokashi mix­tures are good for the soil and do not emit odors or re­quire in­sects. Photo cour­tesy Board of Wa­ter Sup­ply.

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