Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

New Video: Burying Your Bokashi Bucket Indoors?!

I made this quick video in response to a question I received via email from Sean in Hong Kong. He doesn’t have a yard to bury his Bokashi Bucket or an outdoor space to place a bin. Sean wanted to know about out burying the fermented food waste from his Bokashi Bucket inside his apartment using an enclosed bin. Check out the video to learn more!


Jon Biloon from Big Island is Rad

I discovered Jon Biloon about two years back on YouTube. I was instantly a fan. Jon is equal parts sustainable gardener, earth activist and political activist. Dude really knows what’s good. And he’s here in Hawaii!

(Bio from Coast To Coast AM site)

Jon Biloon has been an environmental activist for over 38 years, having helped put on some of the first Earth Day celebrations in the early 70’s. He is a subsistence farmer who has planted and operated his own 11 acre farm, growing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers, and herbs, including Kona coffee. He has traveled as far as Thailand to speak out against genetically modified food crops. Besides advocating and teaching small farm and backyard gardening strategies and techniques based on a variety of sustainable concepts, he also does consulting to a wide range of farmers and natural food producers.

Part 1 of 11 in a talk Jon Biloon gave on gardening in Hawaii

Jon is the real, raw deal. Here he blows right through a few issues from organic food production to a broken political, economic and education system.

In this video clip from his weekly radio show Jon discusses about soil biology. He talks about some key things that I always advocate for; building healthy soils with anaerobic microbes, remineralizing soils with rock dusts and bokashi.

Bokashi Composting in an Apartment / Condo

Sometimes, when I’m explaining the Bokashi process to people and I get to the part about burying the fermented food waste in the soil, smiles turn upside down for those apartment/condo dwellers. They like what they’re hearing but become discouraged because they don’t have a yard to bury in. Well, no need to fret. Bokashi works great in an apartment and there are options! Here’s a few:

Rubber Maid / Storage Bin:

Your fermented waste can be buried in a storage bin, just like the one pictured below. The cool thing about these bins is that you will quickly accumulate a bin full of rich, healthy soil that’s easy to access. They also can fit nicely on your lanai aka balcony (if you don’t live in Hawaii).  Just add a layer of soil (approx 1″) to the bottom, then spread your waste from your bucket on top. Mix it up with the soil a bit and then cover with 5″-8″ of soil. The key to quick breakdown is thin layers. So, the bigger the bin the better. Make multiple layers if you need to. The one below is 50 gal.

Planters and Garden Boxes

Your fermented waste can be buried directly in your planter or garden box.

A Friend In Need…

Any of your friends with a garden or fruit trees in their yard would be stoked to get your compost and bury it at their place. You can never have enough good soil. So, start asking around the office or even Facebook and see who’s down. Who knows, you might start getting bags of fruits and veggies showing up at your door.

Guerilla Composting

For those more daring souls, this is a fun option. Just make your way out to your closest forest and bury the contents of your Bokashi Bucket in a soft patch of soil that’s easy to dig into. The earth will thank you!

Also, check out this cool post from the Bokashi World blog on how to make garden beds by burying your bokashi in bread crates…you can stack em too!! CLICK HERE TO READ

Planting Papaya + Re-using Your Sprout Water

A quick video I just posted to the E1T1 Farms YouTube Channel. Check it out!


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Joel Salatin & Milkwood Farms Talk Shop

My most favorite permaculture/sustainable farmer, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms has a conversation with Nick Ritar from Milkwood Farms (super cool young Aussie organic farmers). They talk about a variety of topics that are especially helpful for newbies and veterans alike. I’m posting a few of their conversations below. I just finished reading Joel’s book “You Can Farm” and I highly recommend it for anyone new to the game…it’s a treasure trove of valuable and practical info. Ok, on to the videos….
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Choosing Farmland

Let function drive your farming plan:

Alternative to Burying Bokashi in the Ground

I made this video in response to an email I received from someone who purchased a Bokashi Bucket from me and had questions about burying their fermented waste in a plastic bin. I address his questions and also discuss more about the alternative of burying your fermented waste in a plastic bin or any other vessel instead of in the ground. This is very helpful if you don’t have the space to bury your waste in the ground.

Always feel free to email me with any questions:

Have you heard of Spin Farming?

Someone at the farmers market mentioned this to me a few weeks ago. It stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive.
SPIN-Farming is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size.