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Jerry McIntire

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Thanks for the progress reports Peter. Did you get your roof on before winter?
1 month ago
The dailyish is fine the way it is, the links work. The thing I would like to see added is an accurate description of the link, like: Poll on the dailyish wheree you can comment. That was missing for the link to this page that was in the dailyish.
The text for Track seven has a typo, "with" should be "will": Everything in this track, attendee with do themselves

The first instructor's name is spelled two different ways: McClellan, McClellen.
2 months ago
One more easy idea for those who are stuck in a large city. We are in Boston and there is more than one Whole Foods store near us. We have been taking our compost there for years. I learned this from a B&B owner who lives across the street from a Whole Foods store. They take a large five gallon bucket of kitchen scraps to Whole Foods regularly. There are usually compost collection points inside and outside at Whole Foods, in the table/eating areas. Or you can dump directly into their large collection bins behind the stores. You can include anything organic: dairy, bones, meat, citrus peels, etc.
2 months ago
Paul, thanks for recording and posting this. My favorite professor at the University of Oregon, a man of incredible integrity and compassion, created and performed two one-man shows while I was there. I was fortunate to see both. One was an evening with Leonardo Da Vinci. The other was a reading of Martin Luther King, Jr's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." MLK was a giant among us, and thankfully he offered us his broad shoulders to stand on and continue to reach higher.
2 months ago
Delicata will keep for a couple months under ideal conditions. Cool and not high humidity.
4 months ago
We love cooking with butternut squash and acorn is a favorite all by itself. But when delicata are fresh, their soft skin makes them easy to eat as a squash pancake. Just grate the entire squash, including skin and seeds, into a bowl then beat in some eggs, milk if you'd like, and salt. Cook in a well-greased pan on the stovetop. Yum, and thanks to our friends at Water's Edge permaculture nursery on the Bayfield peninsula of Wisconsin for showing us how!
4 months ago
Hey Vicky, thanks for the update. Turning the crank on the solids stirrer can be difficult depending on what type of carbon is used, and the moisture level. We used the amount of water recommended, or a bit more. The biggest factor was the type of material in there. Wood shavings were difficult. We never used peat moss. Coconut coir was the easiest, we found. It's not a local resource for most of us, but very little is in urban areas. Where you are, sawdust and chopped dried leaves may be plentiful. If I had access to those, I would mix the two.
By the way, my wife found that she had to sit forward on the Nature's Head to hit the urine diverter.
I would like to hear from anyone using wheelie bins or "trash" cans. What kind of carbon do you put in?
4 months ago
It's World Toilet Day! And they could use some in Haiti, where families and schools have none. That's why we donate every year to Youth Haiti which teaches young people to build sanitary composting toilets and pays them to improve their communities. I hope you'll donate to the toilet charity of your choice!

"For every $1 invested in basic sanitation in urban areas, an average of $2.5 is returned in saved medical costs and increased productivity. In rural areas, an average of $5 is returned for every $1 invested." (Hutton 2015)

Youth Haiti
4 months ago
We used a Nature's Head on our sailboat when living aboard full time. We emptied the solids every 2 - 3 weeks, no smell, much better than the usual heads on a boat. We emptied the urine bottle every 2-3 days, always adding water to start and when I dumped it at the base of trees-- or anywhere in the drip ring of a tree. At least 1:1 urine to water. It's great fertilizer.
We bought it new, were very happy with the Nature's Head. We considered the Separett but it uses plastic bags-- they're compostable, but it's a continuous expense that we didn't want.
When we build a house on dry land, we will likely use wheelie bins under a toilet or a vault in the ground. The vault toilets at Ecovilla Gaia, where I did my PDC, went years without needing to be emptied (with lots of users), because they used worms in the vault. It takes some explaining, but it is a great system.
4 months ago