By Gary Thomas
Ferncroft Country Club has announced that it is the first US country club to have implemented a Zero Food Waste Initiative, wherein a new Japanese fermentation technique called Bokashi has been adopted.
According to Damon DeVito, Managing Director of Affinity Management, the club members, wedding and golf outing clients desire that the company continues to follow sustainable practices at it has been doing in the past. The club is delighted to establish its leadership by implementing a Zero Food Waste Initiative as Massachusetts has banned dumping commercial food waste into landfills, Damon stated.
The decomposition of all food scraps including dairy and meat can be done using Bokashi wherein fermentation is used in less than half the time of traditional composting. Pests and unpleasant odors are eliminated using the Bokashi technique. A natural fertilizer will be produced from the fermentation process and will be utilized in a herb garden and new organic vegetable.
DeVito calculated that the adoption of the Zero Food Waste Initiative by Ferncroft voluntarily may divert food waste of over 4 t from landfills into the new garden. There are more than 4,400 private clubs present in the United States. A calculated 13,000 t of waste can be recycled, if each country club follows Ferncroft.
Ferncroft Country Club was established during 1970 and is situated 20 mi. towards the northern part of Boston in Middleton.