• What sort of EM (Effective Microorganisms) does the Bokashi Center use? The Bokashi Center uses EM·1® in all its products. EM·1® is a certified microbial solution as formulated by Dr. Teruo Higa, the inventor of EM (Effective Microorganisms) Technology. We recommend only using EM products based upon EM·1® for intended and true results.


  • Are your products certifiable for organic use? In addition to the fact that we only use EM·1®, which is a OMRI listed product, attached here is our evidence that our product is certifiable for organic use (pdf file): Non-GMO product statement


  • What’s the difference between your products of Bokashi & Doo-Right™? Only the label. Both use the same ingredients, including EM·1®.


  • What is BAM as seen on some other manufacturers’ “bokashi” product? We have no data on BAM, therefore we cannot recommend BAM or products made with BAM. We use the original EM·1® as formulated by Dr. Teruo Higa (the inventor of EM).


  • How does one maintain the effective microorganisms established by Bokashi? Avoid drought or floods, replenish with organic material such as mulch/compost.
  •  What does the labeling say for EM·1®? Active Ingredients: Microorganisms… 1 million colony forming units/cc (units/ml) Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus planarum, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus delbrueckii, Bacillus subtilis, Rhodopseudomonas palustris, Saccharomyces cervisiae. Uses: The beneficial microorganisms in EM·1® combine with microbes that are already present in the environment to promote rapid multiplication of beneficial microorganisms which foster healthy soils and optimal growing conditions for plants. “Organic Materials Review Institute Listed”
  • What is the application rate for Bokashi? Bokashi can be spread at 1#/100 sq. feet. Once every two or three weeks would suffice. Once per month for minimum maintenance.
  • How did you make the packaging compact? We pack the bokashi under partial vacuum for shipping purposes (less bulk) and product longevity. Here’s what happens (1 minute video):
  • Attention foreign orders. Please contact us for shipping arrangements if your delivery location is not in the USA.

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