[permaculture] Shit

Tommy Tolson healinghawk at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 18 00:15:54 EDT 2007


Lawrence F. London, Jr. wrote:
>
> Every home could have an attached, two chamber, solar illuminated, solar heated climate-controlled room into which 
> humanure, urine and food scraps are collected & composted and used to grow grasses that are harvested, dried and used
> as bedding into which wastes are put. Picture a deep bed of dried hay placed on top of a mixture of good, friable, 
> permeable native soil mixed with rock quarry dusts plus a little rock phosphate. Wastes are put onto the pile, liquified 
> with a jet of water (rainwater collected off the roof, pumped with a solar powered 12vdc electric pump) and allowed to 
> seep into the depths of the pile. Eventually the top layers of hay begin to break down reducing hay particle size. At 
> that point a small rotary aerator (motor powered by same photovoltaic unit) is used to turn new wastes into the pile as 
> a water jet dissolves all solids (except food scraps which can be left on top). Again the slurry soaks into the hay 
> bedding. Liquids seeping out of the bottom of the collection unit are gravity fed to the chamber where grasses are 
> grown. The entire unit would be two chambers, enclosed in small greenhouses; concrete floor and footing, superinsulated 
> concrete block walls with glass or polycarbonate glazing with adequate venting so it will be warm enough in winter and 
> cool enough in summer and with adequate solar illumination to keep the compost alive and aerobic and grow the grass to 
> feed the composting chamber. A feature of the composting chamber would be a side door to allow removal of finished 
> compost, just above the soil-rock dust layer - this would be easy to do. This compost would be the primary fertilizer 
> and compost use to grow the grasses as the liquid seeping out through the soil layer would be very minimal.
> A pedestial with seat and squatting foorests would be positioned a few feet above the composting chamber. The 
> horticultural chamber and this chamber would not be isolated. Odors would be minimal or nonexistant. As hundreds of 
> gallons of rainwater could be collected and stored (or in arid zones filled with well water) there would be adequate
> water to completely liquify solids in the compost pile after each use. Lacking solar or grid power to operate a pump and 
> compost aerator these processes could be done with a lever operated high pressure water pump and a hand crank aerator
> - maybe a bicycle connected by chain to a drive shaft powering the compost turner (both stainless steel). There are many 
> excellent design, materials, construction and fabrication options available for building a system such as this.
>
> Any suggestions for improvements or variations in this design. Its tempting to build one of these.
>
>   
Very good.  Well thought out.  It sounds like this could easily be sized 
for an Intentional Community and move a chunk of people off the status 
quo, ecologically insane system all
at once.  What's stopping you from building one?  I hope you do it. 

Tommy Tolson
Austin, TX



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