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Bokashi composting workshop

If you’re a home gardener, you might have considered composting at some point but tossed the idea when you got overwhelmed thinking about where to start. Or maybe you’ve been composting for a while now but are interested in finding a more thorough technique. Whatever your situation, you’ll find guidance in an upcoming virtual workshop. This Tuesday, regenerative gardening experts Ron McCord and Ed Lewis will discuss bokashi, a process in which kitchen waste ferments to form a compost “tea.” They will also discuss biochar, a byproduct from natural resource extraction that stores carbon and can improve soil quality for plants. The workshop will cover the benefits of these practices and explain how participants can use them for their own backyard gardens. The event follows one on regenerative home gardening that McCord and Lewis led last year. Bokashi did not become this season’s workshop focus by chance—its facilitators specialize in the technique. After using bokashi to transform a large plot of barren dirt into a dense food forest, McCord founded Good Grow Organics to share his knowledge with others. It was through him that Lewis learned about bokashi. He now uses it to grow fruit at at Enjoy the Farm, an agricultural, educational, and upcycled maker space that he co-founded in San Diego County, California. The workshop begins at 8 p.m. on May 4. Registration is available on splashthat.com. Free.

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