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The correct mix of carbon material (sawdust, straw, dry grass or leaves, etc.) moisture, and human manure leads to an aerobic, high temperature composting process that eliminates harmful pathogens and creates rich soil that is safely usable directly on food gardens. One challenge with humanure is that, for optimal results, solid wast has to be separated from liquid. Liquid can be diluted 10 to one with water and used directly without processing. Solids need to be mixed 1 to 1 with carbon material and composted for up to a year, making sure that it reaches a temperature high enough to remove harmful bacteria.

Humanure Resources

Joe Jenkins

Food knowledge holder
Author of the 'Humanure Handbook'; "...maintains a business in north western Pennsylvania (Joseph Jenkins, Inc.), where he resides on 143 acres with a large garden, an orchard, several family members, and a compost pile or two."

Essential Composting Toilets

Humanure book
A guide to Options, Design, Installation, and Use. Essential Composting Toilets is a streamlined, illustrated manual that takes a practical approach to system selection criteria, design, installation, and operation, while meeting universal health and...

Holy S--t: Managing Manure to Save Mankind

Humanure book
In his insightful book, _Holy S--t: Managing Manure to Save Mankind_, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure-our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws...

The Humanure Handbook

Humanure book
Compost toilets can provide a sanitation solution when water or electricity are not available, or when you simply want to make more compost or less environmental pollution. Now in its 4th edition, not only does the book address what to do with human...

Build Your Own DIY Composting Toilet Cheaply and Easily

Local humanure article
Step by step illustrated instructions from Green Citizen on how to build a composting toilet.