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What is bokashi?

29512686_1994882460776860_2091533663258131465_nBokashi is a great way of making rich, living soil out of everyday food waste. There are other types of bokashi used in other applications auch as agriculture, it’s a broad concept. But it always involves EM microbes, fermentation and organic material.
Our focus here in this community is on food and organic waste from households, restaurants and markets.
When this type of organic material is layered with EM bokashi bran in an airtight bucket or barrel it ferments in a couple of weeks. There are no issues with smell or hygiene and you can do this indoors if you wish.
The fermented material is then dug down straight into the ground or a planting container where it is rapidly transformed into soil.
Ideal for planting, or for later use as a humus-rich organic fertiliser.
/Jenny

What is Bokashi?
Bokashi…ဆိုတာ ေန႔စဥ္မီးဖိုေခ်ာင္စြန္႔ပစ္ပစၥည္းေတြကေနအေကာင္းဆံုး အႂကြယ္ဝဆံုးသဘာဝေျမဩဇာျပုလုပ္တဲ့နည္းပါပဲ။
လယ္ယာစိုက္ပ်ိဳးေရးစတာေတြမွာသံုးတဲ့အျခား Bokashi နည္းလမ္းေတြလည္း႐ွိေသးတာမို႔အလြန္က်ယ္ျပန္႔တဲ့ဘာသာရပ္တစ္ခုလည္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
ဘယ္လိုပဲကြဲျပားျခားနားၾကပါေစ..EM microbes,ရယ္၊ကေစာ္ေဖာက္တာရယ္၊ၿပီးေတာ့သဘာဝျဖစ္စြန္႔ပစ္ပစၥည္းေတြရယ္ကေတာ့အဓိကပါဝင္ရမယ့္အရာေတြျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
ကြၽန္ေတာ္တို႔အဓိကထားလုပ္ေဆာင္မယ့္အရာကေတာ့…အိမ္ေတြ..စားေသာက္ဆိုင္ေတြ..ေဈးေတြကေနထြက္လာမယ့္အစားေသာက္ခ်က္ျပဳတ္ရာကက်န္ေနမယ့္လက္က်န္ေတြ..food wastes..နဲ႔..ဓာတုပစၥည္းသံုးစြဲမထားတဲ့သဘာဝေျမဆီထြက္စြန္႔ပစ္စၥည္းေတြပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ဒီလိုသဘာဝျဖစ္စြန္ပစ္ပစၥည္းေတြကို ေလလံုတဲ့ပံုးေတြ၊စည္ပိုင္းစတာေတြမွာ..EM Bokashi bran..လို႔ေခၚတဲ့..ဘိုကာ႐ွီဖြဲနုတမ်ိဳးနဲ႔အခ်ိဳးက်ေရာစပ္ၿပီးထည့္ထားလိုက္ရင္ႏွစ္ပတ္ေလာက္အတြင္းမွာအခ်ဥ္ေပါက္လာတတ္ပါတယ္။အနံသက္ဆိုးနဲ႔ေရာဂါပိုးမႊားျပႆနာေတြလည္းမ႐ွိတာေၾကာင့္၊မိမိဆႏၵ႐ွိရင္အိမ္ထဲ၊ျခံထဲမွာပင္ဘိုကာ႐ွီကိစၥကိုေဆာင္ရြက္ႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ဘိုကာ႐ွီနည္းနဲ႔ျပဳလုပ္ထားတဲ့ပံုးထဲကပစၥည္းေတြကိုအပင္စိုက္မယ့္ေျမမွာက်င္းတူးၿပီးထည့္တာပဲျဖစ္ျဖစ္၊ပန္းအိုးေတြထဲေျမဆီနဲ႔ေရာထည့္တာပဲျဖစ္ျဖစ္ျပဳလုပ္ႏိုင္ပါတယ္။သူကအခံေျမနဲ႔ေရာၿပီးႂကြယ္ဝဆံုးေျမဆီေျမဩဇာျဖစ္လ်င္လ်င္ျမန္ျမန္ေပါင္းစပ္ေပ်ာ္ဝင္သြားမွာပါ။ပန္းမလ္စိုက္ပ်ိဳးဖို႔အတြက္ပဲျဖစ္၊ေနာင္တခ်ိန္သားသမီးေျမးျမစ္ေတြအတြက္အဆီအႏွစ္ျပည့္ဝတဲ့ေျမဆီလႊာအေမြႏွစ္ခ်န္ထားေပးဖို႔အတြက္ပဲျဖစ္ျဖစ္ဘိုကာ႐ွီဟာအေကာင္းဆံုး၊ပတ္ဝန္းက်င္နဲ႔လိုက္ေလ်ာမႈအ႐ွိဆံုးသဘာဝနည္းလမ္းပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
/Inda

What’s in the pots?

Amazingly, for any of us that live in Europe, it seems like all commercial plants are potted up in a mix of biochar and sand. Nearly all char in fact. Seems to be working but we’re not quite sure of the process used to transform the readily available rice husks to biochar. But we’re onto it, we’ll get an answer!

(Actually, we’re not even sure it’s biochar. May be just rice husk ashes? Remains to be seen)

Either way, I’m pretty sure we can improve the mix by incorporating EM snd bokashi. We made a friend in one of the tiny garden shops that line the park pathways and I’m sure he will help us in due course. He’s on our wavelenth: an organic guy!
/Jenny

#bokashimyanmar #EMbokashi #biochar #soilforthefuture

First day, first meeting

We’re on!
First day, first meeting. We have a long list of questionmarks; many ideas but no concrete plans.
We’ve booked a bunch of meetings with people we think can help us get started.
Here we’re talking with U Myint Lwin of the Myanmar Nature Farming Network. He’s a microbiologist, passionate about soil, and has been working with EM for some decades.
There are EM programs going on in Myanmar, but nothing urban, and nothing much to do with bokashi and food waste.
Great discussion and we now have some open doors and new ideas. Some questionmarks ticked off. Yay!
/Jenny

Here we go!

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The team is gathered!

This is Bokashi Myanmar, along with two more soon to join.

From left, Inda, Aye, Jenny and Diana.
We’re spending the next weeks finding out everything we can related to our bokashi project — our plan is to start up for real in July or so.
Exciting? Hell, yeah!
/Jenny

The markets of Mandalay

 

This is one of the markets in Mandalay, Myanmar! You can pretty much find everything here — chilis, onions, spinach, the works. Such a colorful and interesting place.
Tons of food comes in every day, gets bought and sold, and sure enough all the leftovers are left lying around at the end of the day.
We’re wondering if we can use some of this to make bokashi. What do you think?

#bokashimyanmar #bokashi #foodtosoil

Our story

MAY 2018

Bokashi Myanmar is up and running! We had a great response from our research trip in March and April this year, and everything points to bokashi having a good future in Myanmar. So we are going to make it happen.

We start for real in July this year. As yet we have no fixed location or products available for sale, but that will be the next step. We are currently running a number of test projects and these are giving us valuable information about how to develop our project. As far as the actual bokashi process goes we have years of experience, but in terms of doing bokashi in Myanmar many things are different — so we’re taking it all step by step.

Follow us here on Facebook and on our website www.bokashimyanmar.com to see how it’s all unfolding. We have some interesting and exciting years ahead of us. And please send us a message if you’d like to get in touch! /Bokashi Myanmar team

MARCH 2018

In late 2017 we decided to start a project to help make bokashi part of daily life in Myanmar.

We’re a team of five, two guys from Myanmar (Inda and Dipa), and three women — Diana from Germany, Stefania from Belgium, and Jenny from Sweden.

Bokashi is all about making food waste, any form of organic waste really, part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Bokashi makes fabulous soil. And with healthy, living soil, you can easily grow nutritious fruit, herbs and vegetables — even on street corners.

It’s still very early days for our project. But we’re getting it off to a good start now in March and April this year. The five of us are gathering up in Myanmar to find out answers to as many of our questions as possible. How and where are we going to run this project? What are the best conditions for making it work? How should we organize the setup and what resources and contacts do we need?

The need is obvious: Myanmar has very poor soil in the cities and food security and climate change are very real issues in this part of the world. Organic waste is on every street corner, every home, every field. Bokashi and EM are great methods, important tools for the future, and we have some years of experience in how they work in Europe. Much of that can be translated to any country; bokashi is already used in every country in the world, but the word needs to spread faster and far further than it is now. It needs to get real.

We’re thinking that education, hands-on demonstrations and a lot of inspiration and relentless effort will be the key to making it happen.

The challenge now will be to put all this into action, in a country which is one of the most marvelous in the world, but certainly one of the more challenging.

Join us on our journey!

/Jenny, Diana, Stefi, Inda, Dipa