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Video: The Odor-Less Humanure Process

Joseph Jenkins is the author of The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure. He’s been composting human manure for over 26 years, and in this video series, he shows you how. There are many benefits to composting your waste, as Joe points out in his book: free compost for the garden, no septic tank or leech field, no sewage, ecologically friendly, and a great conversation starter. The following videos will walk you through the process of odor-less humanure composting. Here are some videos of Joe in action: The Humanure Hacienda, An Overview: The Active Side: Adding Humanure to the Compost Pile (low sound, adjust your volume): Digging out the Compost Pile: Adding the Compost to your Garden: Stephen and Rebekah Hren also have some good humanure projects in The Carbon-Free Home.

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden

As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. This week, Lottie from Florida asked if there are other garden mulch options that are as effective as hay. Josh Trought, one of our soil building and garden management […] Read More..

Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

In today’s world, nearly everything we use, from phones and computers to cars and kitchen appliances, requires energy derived from fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be nice to offset some of that energy use by harnessing the renewable power of the sun? Josh Trought, founder of D Acres—an educational center in New Hampshire that researches, applies, […] Read More..

Building a Sustainable Community: The D Acres Model

If you were going to create a community-based homestead or farm from scratch, where would you start? What building materials would you use? What crops would you grow and what animals would you raise? How would you develop an organizational structure and connect with your community? And, how would you make sure all of this […] Read More..
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