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There’s no such thing as waste, only stuff in the wrong place…

September 13, 2013 | Humanure | 22 comments | Author:

Well composted humanure is one of the most excellent tree planting  resources you can have, on a site like ours. So much so that, when we clear out the Humanure Hacienda once a year, it’s compost is reserved specifically for … Continued

Humanure Cumquat Harvest

January 9, 2013 | Cooking, Humanure | 7 comments | Author:

Last Spring Nick gave a Tedx talk about stewarding our most available nutrients to grow food for our communities in a closed-loop system. Yes, he was talking about humanure. And during said talk, Nick had a healthy, humanure-grown cumquat tree … Continued

Caga Tió, please don’t poo sardines this Christmas

December 24, 2012 | Milkwood Farm | 12 comments | Author:

It’s a Catalan Christmas at Milkwood Farm this year. Which means that, in pride of place, sits Caga Tió. Caga Tió is a happy ‘uncle’ who is actually a log. You feed him fruit for 2 weeks leading up to Christmas … Continued

Urine, Peak Phosphorous and on-farm Nutrient Cycling

June 20, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Humanure, Nutrient Cycling | 27 comments | Author:

So it turns out that when we go to the toilet, each of us ‘produces’ nearly 80% of the nutrients we need to grow our food. That’s quite something. If you take hold of that concept, it really does make … Continued

Humanure Artists with Grunt: Cloacina

November 29, 2011 | Art, Humanure | 3 comments | Author:

As Nick found out when researching for his TEDx Canberra talk on how to save the world with humanure, it’s hard to find good pictures of poo. You may not believe it, but not many folks draw poo very well. … Continued

Wheelie Bin Trailers for Humanure…

November 25, 2011 | Humanure, Uncategorized | 9 comments | Author:

Perhaps you can tell at a glance why I am so excited by this photo? I’ll tell you. We have a humanure compost toilet system built on wheelie bins. We love it. But the place we want to use the … Continued

Nick Ritar’s TEDx Canberra Talk: Two things you can do Every Day to save the world

October 31, 2011 | Humanure, Off-Farm goings on, Video | 20 comments | Author:

Recently Nick gave a talk at TEDx Canberra. He talked about stewarding nutrients, how we can solve the problem of peak phosphorous, and about how to grow the best cumquats ever. Yes, Nick was talking about why taking responsibility for … Continued

Compost toilet specifics: the bins

April 18, 2011 | Humanure | 41 comments | Author:

Wendell Berry once said if you eat, you’re involved. He was talking about agriculture, but if you ask me, he really meant humanure. Getting your outputs sorted is a big and necessary task. For us, that meant designing and implementing … Continued

The most lovable loo in the west

November 23, 2010 | Farming, Humanure | 51 comments | Author:

Now tell me this is not the prettiest compost toilet block you have ever seen. Go on. I dare you. The issue of poo at Milkwood has been a long-standing source of discussion. We know that when poo is processed … Continued

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