Designing our humanure composting system
What do you do when your
husband is off the farm and you have an extremely handy helper at your
beck and call? Ask him to build you a composting
toilet, of course.
Since the flood waters
had only come down to knee height, Bradley had to
work with what we had on hand. Luckily, there were lots of heavy
boards leftover from the greenhouse tables, and I figured they'd stand
up to rot pretty well. We also had some treated four by fours,
let Bradley use once he explained that he could plan it so that they
wouldn't be touching my future compost at all.
This is the nearly
completed lower story. We'll use the bathroom over one side for a
year, then switch to using the opposite side while the first round
mellows. The central compartment will be a storage spot for
sawdust (which we think we've found a source for), and will also soak
up any effluent trying to move between the two composting bins.
Liquids that want to seep out the back will get soaked up by a stack of
strawbales, which will be used as a wall to enclose the downhill side
of the compost bin currently in use.
The next step will be
adding an outhouse on top, since we don't want to carry poop around in
five gallon buckets (and since we really enjoy the view from an
outhouse). I had one piece of scrap plywood, and Bradley framed
it up for the floor on the first bin, but we'll have to find some more
materials before we do the rest. And there's a roof yet to come
today. Stay tuned!
Our chicken waterer keeps chicken manure out of their drinking water. Just like building a humanure composting system, right?
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