Lynden's Garden Series: How to Make and Use Bokashi Fertilizer

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 1-4 pm

A Workshop with Dana Christel


Fee: $45/$38 members (price includes a five-gallon bokashi bucket and inoculated material)
Registration: Advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

This series of workshops takes a broad view of what it means to garden. Whether you consider yourself a backyard gardener, a forager, a farmer, or a steward of the land, the Garden Series will have something for you. From formal garden design to identifying and learning to use wild growing plants, we span a range of techniques and philosophies. Because of the range of subjects covered, these classes can be enjoyed by new and experienced gardeners alike.

It can be challenging to do something useful and sustainable with your food scraps when you live in an apartment in the city.  Farming communities throughout Latin America and parts of Asia have been using bokashi, a method that turns waste into a fertilizer, that uses less time and space than traditional composting methods. Bokashi is a soil amendment produced by using particular microbes to ferment wastes such as food scraps. Though slow to catch on in the United States, some urban dwellers have turned to making bokashi with their food scraps rather than throwing them away or adding them to a compost pile. This workshop will show you how to transform food scraps into a “probiotic” for your garden using primarily your own food waste and a five-gallon bucket. Attendees will go home with a bucket retrofitted to make bokashi as well as inoculated material that can be used to make your first batch of bokashi.

About Dana Christel
Dana Christel is a soil scientist and farmworker from Northeast Wisconsin.  She holds a B.S. in Soil and Land Management from UW-Stevens Point, and an M.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont. There she researched how to make bokashi and its effects on soil quality and plant growth. She has been working on vegetable farms for a number of years and is currently the soil conservationist for Fond du Lac County Land and Water Conservation.

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