20 Jul '11, 7am

Composting without the smell, or the pests?

Composting without the smell, or the pests?

Vokashi founder and president Vandra Thorburn teaches a composting demonstration at a Harlem community garden. The new company helps Brooklyn residents compost their kitchen scraps using a unique fermentation process that releases no odors and repels pests. Photo: Vokashi Composting in the big city has a host of challenges: a lack of space in the apartment for a bin, no backyard to use the finished compost and little time. But the new company Vokashi wants to make composting easier – and less stinky – for residents of one urban area, Brooklyn. READ: Composting for City Dwellers Rather than using worms or a combination of nitrogen- and carbon-rich materials to decompose food scraps, Vokashi uses bran inoculated with anaerobic bacteria, which don’t require oxygen, to ferment the waste. The process, designed by a Japanese horticulturalist, essentially pickles the organic mate...

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