NAME: The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, 3rd Edition
AUTHOR: Joseph Jenkins
TIME: 255 pp
SEC: Composting & Soil Fertility
DESC: We are beginning to realize what most farmers in history have known well - returning the nutrients in human waste back to the soil from which they came is essential for the sustainability of people worldwide. Many civilizations have fallen due to the declining fertility of its soil - and our own country is currently losing at least six pounds of soil for each and every pound of produce. A big part of this loss is our excrement flushed into our water system rather than recycled into new soil.
This 10th Anniversary Edition of the most comprehensive, up-to-date and thoroughly researched book on the topic of composting human manure available anywhere. It includes a review of the historical, cultural and environmental issues pertaining to "human waste," as well as an in depth look at the potential health risks related to humanure recycling, with clear instructions on how to eliminate those dangers in order to safely convert humanure into garden soil. Written by a humanure composter with over thirty years experience, this classic work now includes illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to build a "$25 humanure toilet," a chapter on alternative graywater systems, photos of owner-built humanure toilets from around the world, and an overview of commercial composting toilets and systems. A must for a serious sustainable gardeners and those interested in transforming their waste into wealth.
"Finally we have a comprehensive book on recycling human excrement without chemicals, high technology, or pollution. Well written, practical, and thoroughly researched . . ."--Whole Earth Review
"We think The Humanure Handbook ranks right up there with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring . . ."--HortIdeas
Comments from readers:
"Couldn't be much more simple than this. Poop, cover with sawdust, dump in compost pile, clean buckets, reuse. We've used in our yurt for last year and nothing but good things to say about it. Takes as much time to empty and clean 3 buckets every couple weeks as it would to clean 3 toilets. Wonder why someone never came up with this in all the years of outhouse use!" -- amichael
"It's a simple and super cheap system to create. I am a 50 year old woman and made the Humanure Toilet as directed in the book. It took me just 3 fun filled hours! So simple! I loved the cartoon directions! Way easier to follow than just words! I'm this close to removing one of our 2 flush toilets and replacing it with permanent Humanure one." - Shirley Feeney CA
"I read this book about twelve years ago. It's a great book; informational, thought provoking and enjoyable to read. We lived off grid for about two years and used the methods outlined in the book. We used whatever the local sawmill had for sawdust (more like tiny chunks than 'dust') and mostly oak. If I recall, oak is not preferred for producing compost but our goal was primarily to dispose of our humanure in a safe and effective way. After about a year of filling one bin made from old pallets we switched to a second. Never at any time did the bins smell bad and three years later I pulled the bins apart and the result was a mildly spongy dirt-like matter that still had remnants of the sawdust. It smelled fine, mostly like dirt and oak. Of all of our (mis)adventures off-grid, this system was all benefit and no downside." -- "You must provide a name" (an Amazon reviewer's "name")
"We haven't flushed a toilet in this house in eight months, since we got this book and built our own sawdust toilet and composting box out back. We had a serious drought here this summer and our well was REAL low, but we had no problems because we weren't FLUSHING FOUR GALLONS OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER UNDERGROUND each time we went in the bathroom. I always wondered why we eliminate in water, anyway. And it doesn't stink, the compost box doesn't stink, it's simple and straightforward and clean and the humanure toilet's time has come!" - woodcutter
"Changed the way I think about things; bought the book two years ago and after following the guidelines on an outdoor toilet for this period of time I'm about to install three indoors. Make sure you read the book a few times and ensure you follow the do's and don'ts to the letter (only two pages in the book) and it will work. It takes me less than five minutes a week to deal with two peoples waste (plus guests) which I'm sure is a lot less time than some people spend per day looking after a flushing toilet! The book may be a bit technical at times and you probably don't think you need all the info, but it's all good stuff to convince yourself and others that this is the right thing to do in an over populated and polluted planet." -- Eddy Winko, Poland
"It's a brilliant book. The best part about it is that you'll no longer be left with any myths about composting, or about human feces and urine, or about pests, or about the philosophy of how our sewer system works. The most important part is that this book covers every last thing you need to really actually know about composting, while addressing and doing away with every widespread myth about composting that you've probably already learned. It's all science the entire way through and it's brilliant. It will leave you with serious doubts as to the sanity of our common human condition." -- Gabriel Arthur Petrie
WEIGHT: 1.0 lb