Okay...I was asked for a Homestead Article.
My name is Jerry Diamond (formerly wrote as jeremiyah on this forum) I have a YouTube channel How To Get Out Of Babylon.
after doing the following interview pastor Joe Fox encourage me to get more on YouTube so I started the channel thanks to him;
Watch "There Is A Safe Place! OzArk Refugium!!!" on YouTube
Nuff bout me:
NOW to a very important Homestead subject!
One of the questions that Pastor Joe Fox asked me when I was at his house in High Prairie Acres was "what if 100 people showed up what are you going to do?" and I said "well I got enough greenhouse plastic to put up an improvised quick shelter for them"
figuring that shelters really important of course... But I was taken aback when he said "100 people show up, half are going to have to take a dump they will ALL have to go to the bathroom what are you going to do for sanitation?"
So let's start with that!
I'm not gonna do a long article.
Cut to the chase.
Simple quick is 5 Gallon buckets and sawdust or wood chip cover. That works okay and we used it for a whole year when we first came to Missouri now what do you do with the poop? Two options; you can do the humanure thing where you do thermophilic composter for 48 hours. This is a high heat compost which works okay. Techie and time consuming... in fact in the book he says he had his wheelbarrow full of his "compost" and said "smell this mama" she scoops a huge handfull, smells it and she goes "it smells wonderful like forest mulch." "that's my poop mom" (urge to kill own son
Anyways... My entire family used a composting toilet for an entire year; a poop toilet using half of a 20 gallon bucket barrel and I was dumping it into a concrete block enclosure so I had about several hundred gallons of poop material and I was going to introduce some worms into it after I drove some Amish to a funeral and when they asked me how much they owed me I said to both of them "1 lb of manure worms" so I got 2 lb of manureworm 60 bucks worth I figured that was worth driving to a funeral for. They were delighted getting off with giving me critters that had eaten their poop instead of Cash!!!
so I turned the pile over from thermophilic composting to manure and it worked wonderful. Still, the hassle of carrying a 15 half a barrel of a poop around and dumping it and washing it out without getting messy shall we say... is not fun!!!
So living on my own for 7 years I was again faced with how to deal with poop well I dug a hole you know I dug quite a few holes I got tired of digging holes cuz we are in Missouri, and if you haven't noticed there's more than a few rocks here some of the size of your fist some bigger than your house
it's not easy digging...then I started burning it;
a lot easier but still messy and still requires a lot of hassle; got to prep a big burn probably burn three or four buckets at a time Once again combine two technologies and you have synergy you have a geometric explosion of possibilities!!!
When I split firewood I have a tire or two sitting there on blocks and they were sitting there right by the where I was dumping urine into a huge pile of leaves. I thought leaves, tires, there's a toilet seat sitting there bingo!!?
So one day I dig a little hole in the leaves, slap two tires down Put A Toilet Seat On It: VOILA!! I have an outdoor composting worm tower toilet! !! I've dump three or four buckets into it already and there's no sign of getting any deeper or higher so my solution?
(Put A Toilet Seat On It!)
I just got to hire some manureworms!!! Pretty easy that; just lay corrugated cardboard on the ground or lay carpet down, let them sit for a few weeks, and you'll see manure worms under it.
COFFEE grounds watermelon things like that they love pretty easy to attract them and I think that'll probably be some in there come warmer whether it's not good now but if I insulate the thing keep them happy or actually built a little enclosure around it and keep it insulated, the little guys be happy and last forever.
Unless they get down into the ground... Synergy Strikes!!!