Organic recycling in Europe

I was out wandering in Bolzano, Italy the other day and saw this great example of organic waste collection. Very simple, it was just a brown bin outside the door of an apartment building in the old town. It just made me happy to see it, that’s all. So many cities say it can’t beContinue reading “Organic recycling in Europe”

What’s bokashi all about?

The other day, I received a question from a student writing an essay about bokashi. What’s it about, basically? So very cool that this is happening! That students are writing essays and dealing with these all important issues of soil, food waste, sustainability, in a hands on, practical manner. Anyhow, just to get the conversationContinue reading “What’s bokashi all about?”

Why the soil under our feet is so damn important

How come no one talks about soil? There’s always a lot of discussion about water, about energy, about wildlife, about air. All good. But it’s always been very quiet on the soil front. But now, finally, it seems soil is up on the agenda. The global¬†Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)¬†has got started with a seriesContinue reading “Why the soil under our feet is so damn important”

2015: International Year of the Soils

And about time! We have been talking about pollution, the environment, climate change and the future of the planet for decades. We talk about the air, about the water, about sound pollution, plastic and deforestation. But when was the last time you ever heard anyone talking about our soil? About the fact that if weContinue reading “2015: International Year of the Soils”

Bokashi gardening in Edmonton

The good news is it’s thawed in Edmonton! As it has here (even if we got some snow this week!) The apple blossoms are just about to spring and life is good. Again. Remember the Bokashi project that Mike in Edmonton is running? Here’s an update from one of the test group. Thumbs up itContinue reading “Bokashi gardening in Edmonton”

Create your own Eden!

Isn’t it a great picture? Check the website here, it’s just excellent. A bunch of councils in New Zealand have gone together to produce this site and it really works. Simple, friendly, and pedagogic. Suddenly all this Bokashi stuff doesn’t seem so hard any more, it’s just a good-old down-to-earth way of creating your ownContinue reading “Create your own Eden!”

Getting going with Bokashi

So put up your hand if you’re an expert at resisting changes. (Hand going quietly up here…) I like to think of myself as being open, curious, willing to try new things. In actual fact I’m probably quite cynical, jaded and treat a lot of new things with a healthy measure of suspicion. Until provedContinue reading “Getting going with Bokashi”