It’s been a busy summer in Bokashiworld!
Offline at least. Very quiet on the blog posting front, but that’s probably as it should be when it’s summer, the garden is in full swing and there are tomatoes and fresh herbs to pick, grass to mow, flowers to smell…
Last weekend we took part in the local harvest festival –with a Bokashi stand no less! The festival is no small event in these parts, given that we have a local population of 10-15,000 and quite a few thousand of them were out and about visiting the 30 or 40 farms, gardens and local businesses that were open around the district. (It’s one of those sort of districts the tourist folks usually label with tags such as the “corn basket of wherever…”, actually quite a neat place when you think the whole district is a huge peninsula that sticks out into Sweden’s biggest lake. Which happens to be the second biggest lake in Europe. Beautiful fresh water and some 10,000 islands scattered throughout. And a bit of a sun trap in this cold hard climate.)
Our Bokashi stand was a great success, we had a steady flow of people stopping by to check out what it’s all about, find out how they could get started and learn more about the whole process. It was inspiring to meet so many curious, motivated and genuine people — you can’t help but be struck by how strongly people want to “do the right thing”, get the chemicals out of their gardens, stop the waste, do something good for the environment. However small the change may appear in the great scheme of things.
But we small individuals add up to many, and there’s real power in that. Even better than changing a light bulb each would be to get hold of a Bokashi bucket and start stopping the waste. Do something good for the soil, show our kids how to take care of precious resources here and now. And work, for once, with nature instead of against it!
Even a handful of freshly-picked tomatoes in an urban garden is still a harvest and counts for a lot. You don’t need a harvest festival full of farmers and tractors to be reminded how precious it is to eat food you’ve grown yourself, that is as pure as nature intended and that is in all ways good for us, body and soul!