Pelle is a Swede living in Czechoslovakia. Home for the time being is the farm where he lives with his wife and her family — ducks, geese, hens, fish, sheep and a dam or two. The sheep and hens are happily eating Bokashi these days — that’s right, kitchen scraps that have been fermented in the kitchen in the normal way then instead of being dug down into the soil are served up for supper to the animals.
OK, so maybe it sounds a bit odd. But the animals obviously love it and even though it’s unusual in Europe (so far) this is exactly what’s happennng in many countries around the world. A fantastic use of resources and good old-fashioned common sense.
Bokashi is not at all well-established in Czechoslovakia, in fact Pelle learnt what he needed to know here in Sweden from Kai Vogt Westling at Greenfoot and started up a number of experiments on the family farm once he got there. In addition to feeding the animals with Bokashi he’s also spraying EM (Effective Microorganisms) on their food and the ducks, geese and fish all get some Bokashi bran in their food (it’s a good probiotic). He’s also using EM to treat an overgrown dam and improve the water quality of the stream that runs through to the animals.
Anyhow. The pictures above show how Pelle fixed his buckets. Innovative and practical. Above all cheap. Standard restaurant bucket (try your local pizzeria), holes drilled in the base, sitting on a kitchen bowl that just happened to have the right diameter. The weight of the bucket gives it an airtight fit in the bowl, a normal tray would not be tight fitting enough.
So if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to fix a Bokashi bucket here it is! The Czechoslovakian farm maybe you’ll have to live without, but the idea would work anywhere. Good luck! And thanks Pelle.