During their jaunt on the
Appalachian Trail, Shannon and
Dawn ran across a
composting toilet, so (of course) they took photos to share with
me. Here's the explanation from the sign:
Welcome to a Moldering Privy
In this privy, redworms and
other common soil microorganisms decompose the waste mass of mixed
leaves and human manure in aerobic conditions (using oxygen) above the
ground level. This is why the outhouse is elevated.
Pathogens are destroyed by bacterial and invertebrate competition.
Shannon added in:
"There's an interesting story about the privies in the trail. There was a handicapped man who hiked part of the AT. He was wealthy and his only complaint was that the privies were not ADA compliant. So, on the AT through NC, he funded helicopter drops of the supplies to build ADA compliant privies. At least this is what we were told by the folks that run the inn that did our shuttle. So, there are hand rails and wheelchair accessible privies on the AT now."
I find the similarities between their privy and our composting toilet intriguing. Speaking of which, the latter has been waiting in a nearly completed fashion for weeks since Bradley's trailer broke down and we didn't have another way of getting roofing tin from the store to our farm. With Everett's help, the tin is ready to install, so we'll be posting more about our own composting toilet system soon!
Our chicken waterer makes it easy to leave town
for the weekend without worrying about your flock.
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