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Making bokashi part two:

We’re making our first barrel of kitchen bokashi here and honestly, it’s this easy. We’re just putting it in the barrel, adding some bokashi bran to start the fermentation, putting on the lid and that’s it.
We’ll leave it to ferment for a couple of weeks behind the house, then make soil and start planting our new garden.
We’ll be doing demos and courses when we get a bit more organised, come join us then!
/Jenny and Inda, Bokashi Myanmar

 

Making kitchen bokashi, Part One

Join us as we make our first barrel of bokashi here in our office-yard!
We brought home some sacks of organic waste from the local market and are putting it in a barrel to ferment for a couple of weeks. After that we’ll mix it with local soil (=sand) and prepare to plant our new garden.
It’s way easier than you would think, and fast too!
/Jenny and Inda, Bokashi Myanmar

Tea leaves = fertiliser

 

(ေအာက္မွာျမန္မာလိုပါေသးတယ္ေနာ္)

Here’s an inspiring story.
On a spare corner of a community wasteland (=dump, basically) in Mandalay this guy is drying used tea leaves. He collects them from local tea shops on a regular basis and brings them here to dry.
Then he packs them all up in rice sacks and sells them as fertilser.
It’s a micro business but it’s a genius idea, so much more of this would be needed.
/Jenny

ေဟာဒီမွာဗ်ာ…စိတ္အားတက္ႂကြေစမယ့္ဇာတ္လမ္းေလးတစ္ပုဒ္။
ရပ္ကြက္ကလူေတြ အမိႈက္ပစ္ၾကတဲ့ေနရာရဲ႕ ေထာင့္တေထာင့္မွာ ဒီလူႀကီးက သံုးၿပီးသားအခ်ိဳေျခာက္ေတြကို ေနလွန္းေနရဲ႕။
ရပ္ကြက္လၻက္ရည္ဆိုင္ေလးေတြကေန ပံုမွန္သြားသြားယူလာၿပီး ဒီမွာေနလာလွန္းတယ္။
တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ဆိုင္ေတြကဖရီးတဲ့။တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕က်လဲ၂၀၀၀ေလာက္ေပးရသတဲ့။တစ္ပတ္ကိုမွပါ။
အေျခာက္လွမ္းၿပီးသားေတြကို ဆာလာအိတ္ထဲထည့္ၿပီး၊ ျခင္ေဆးေခြလုပ္တဲ့ေနရာမွာရယ္၊ ေျမဩဇာအျဖစ္ရယ္ ျပန္ေရာင္းသတဲ့။
ဒီစီးပြားေရးေလးက တကယ့္ေသးေသးေလးပါ။ သို႔ေသာ္ တကယ့္အၾကံေကာင္းေလး။ ဒီလို အိုင္ဒီယာ နဲ႔ လုပ္နည္းေတြ ပိုပိုမ်ားလာဖို႔ လိုတယ္။

#bokashimyanmar #foodwaste #sustainablemyanmar #makessomuchsense

Kindness not plastic.

 

( 😊ေအာက္မွာျမန္မာလိုပါေသးတယ္ေနာ္ )

Feeding animals with kindness not plastic! This is from our friend Lee in India, he showed us how people leave their food waste outside their houses for the cows, goats and dogs. Nice and neat, no other rubbish.
We can make bokashi out of food waste, or any kind of organic waste really, but the animals should always get the best bits!
/Jenny

ၾကင္ၾကင္နာနာနဲ႔ တိရစၦာန္ေလးေတြကို အစာေကြၽးေနတာ။ ပလပ္စတစ္ေတာ့မပါ။ ဒီဗီဒီယိုေလးကို ေလာေလာဆည္ အိႏၵိယ ႏိုင္ငံမွာေရာက္ေနတဲ့ က်မတို႔မိတ္ေဆြႀကီး Lee ပို႔ေပးတာပါ။
ေခြး၊ ႏြား၊ ဆိတ္ စတဲ့သတၱဝါေလးေတြအတြက္ လူေတြက စားစရာအက်န္ေလးေတြ၊ စြန္႔ပစ္ပစၥည္းေတြကို သူတို႔အိမ္ေတြအျပင္ဘက္မွာ စုပံုထားေပးထားတာကိုျပခ်င္တာပါ။
ေကာင္းမြန္သပ္ရပ္ပါတယ္။ တျခားအမိႈက္လည္းမပါပါဘူး။
အစားအေသာက္အႂကြင္းအက်န္ေတြကေနေရာ၊ တျခားဩဂဲနစ္ စြန္႔ပစ္ပစၥည္းေတြကေနပါ က်မတို႔ ဘိုကာ႐ွီ ျပဳလုပ္ႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ သို႔ေသာ္ အဲဒါေတြထဲက ေကာင္းတာေလးေတြကိုေတာ့ တိရစာၦန္ေလးေတြ စားရေစခ်င္တာက်မတို႔ ေစတနာအမွန္ပါ။

#bokashimyanmar #bokashi #foodwaste #noplastic

Fermented compost versus traditional compost

An independent scientific study that compares traditional composting (oxidization) of manure with fermentation of manure using the bokashi method shows the latter has significant advantages. The carbon footprint is presented on page 17.

The results from the two methods are somewhat different. The study shows that composting of conventional manure releases significant amounts of energy in the form of greenhouse gases while fermentation conserves energy and nitrogen in the manure.

The following was observed in compost made using the fermentation method:

— The energy in manure is retained during fermentation and stimulates the probiotic soil microbes when applied to agricultural land. This makes the soil more fertile.

— Much of the nitrogen in the manure is conserved during fermentation, which significantly improves the NPK balance. (Nitrogen in the traditional compost is converted to gases such as nitrous oxide, a highly aggressive greenhouse gas.) 

– Greenhouse gases are are fixated and can be returned to farmland.

Read the report: Fermentation versus composting

 

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Flash flood and all the debris.

(ေအာက္မွာျမန္မာလိုပါေသးတယ္ေနာ္ )

We were caught in a flash flood one day and were surprised by all the palm leaves and other branches and leaves that suddenly filled the streets. The little orange waste container didn’t stand a chance!
Municipal workers were surprisingly quick on the scene and kept the traffic flowing.
But I’m assuming all that ”green waste” went to landfill not compost. Pity.
/Jenny

တရက္သား က်မတို႔အဖြဲ႔. မိုးရြာၿပီး လမ္းေတြ ႐ုတ္တရက္ ေရလွ်ံတာနဲ႔ ၾကံဳရတယ္။ ရန္ကုန္မွာေပါ့။ လမ္းမေပၚ ထန္းလက္ေျခာက္ေတြ၊ တျခားအကိုင္းအခပ္ အရြက္ေပါင္းစံုနဲ႔ ရႈပ္ပြသြားလို႔ အံ႔ဩမိရေသး။
လိေမၼာ္ေရာင္ အမိႈက္ပံုးေလးလဲ အခြင့္မသာလိုက္။ ျမဴနီစီပယ္ လုပ္သားေတြ အံ႔ဩစရာေကာင္းေလာက္ေအာင္ျမန္ျမတ္ေရာက္လာၿပီး လမ္း႐ွင္းေပးၾကတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အဲဒိ စိမ္းစိမ္းလန္းလန္းပစၥည္းေတြအကုန္ အမိႈက္ထဲပဲေရာက္ၾကမွာ။ ရြက္ေဆြးေျမဩဇာလုပ္ၾကမွာ မဟုတ္ေလာက္ဘူးလို႔ က်မေတာ့ထင္မိ။

#bokashimyanmar #landfill #yangon #compost

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How EM works

Lactic acid bacteria, yeast and phototrophic bacteria contained in EM-1 have the ability to ferment organic substances. Compost fermented and decomposed by EM is broken down in the soil and absorbed by plants. Also, EM contains many useful components to promote plant growth.

What is EM?

EM is a people-friendly and environmentally safe product of EMRO (EM Research Organization) that achieves synergistic effects by combining beneficial microorganisms which exist in nature, such as lactic acid bacteria, yeast and phototrophic bacteria.

Carbon farming.

Carbon farming = getting organic matter into the soil instead of letting it become greenhouse gas.
Bokashi ticks the box, we just need to make it happen all over.
This is a great little film, worth watching!
/Jenny

#bokashimyanmar #bokashi #carbonfarming #makesoil #organicwaste