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Bokashi Fermentation Workshop

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
291 Church Street, NYC

Bokashi fermentation is an ancient, simple, fun and highly effective technique to manage organic waste. Using waste organic material like sawdust and dried coffee grounds, and a sealable 5 gallon bucket, any household can make an inoculant that will prevent food waste from rotting. The end product is a valuable soil amendment for garden soil, just by burying it in the ground.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Marc de Konkoly Thege and Ka Ogunka, Operations directors for RoHo Compost, will lead a workshop instructing how to make Bokashi bran, manage your food scraps with it and how to apply the end product to garden soils. They will also discuss their application of Bokashi fermentation to food waste from their client businesses around NYC.

Marc de Konkoly Thege founded RoHo Compost, a composting and food recovery nonprofit, in 2016 with his law school colleague, Alireza Vaziri. To date, RoHo Compost has diverted ~2.5 million pounds of food waste from landfills. Marc is a native New Yorker, and a current resident of the Bronx. He’s passionate about creating an equitable waste system for all New Yorkers, and fighting the threat of climate change. He also loves art, and makes sculptures, mobiles and installations from waste materials like discarded cardboard.

Karen “Ka” Ogunka is an environmentalist and educator who has 17 years of professional teaching experience, including a decade in the NYC public school system. Ka is an environmental educator, informing NYC community members about local food producers and programs that make healthy food accessible. Ka’s externship with the nonprofit Earth Matter taught her mesophilic and thermophilic methods of making compost. Ka has also earned her certificate as a Master Composter sponsor by the NYCCP (New York City Compost Project), hosted by NYBG (New York Botanical Garden). Ka holds a MS in education from Pace University in New York City.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, The Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
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