LETTER: Bokashi another solution to wildlife problems

LETTER: Bokashi another solution to wildlife problems

Reader Lisa Bramson describes a Japanese method of fermenting organic matter.

Re: “Freezers help prevent wildlife conflicts

I’m happy to inform readers of a method to deal with food waste that deters wildlife. I too had used our freezer to store waste, but didn’t like the space it took up there.

Bokashi is a Japanese term meaning “fermented organic matter.” It is often referred to as a type of composting but it is actually an anaerobic fermentation process, resulting in a much different end product than that produced via composting.

Bokashi is easy, and when done properly it has a fermented but not bad odour. All that is needed is a bucket (with lid), some special bokashi mix, sawdust or bran, and some organic waste. After fermentation has occurred, we just dig the bokashi-treated waste into our compost pile to allow further decomposition.

I have been using bokashi for three years, and the bears that annually pass our compost are no longer interested in our pile. And the worm population has soared. Bokashi supplies and information are available at Ellison’s Market in Nelson.

Lisa Bramson