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Paul continues his call with Mark and Katie on the subject of building rules and regulations on his land, this time mostly discussing willow feeder systems.

While Paul hasn’t ruled out humanure systems, he does require any system that handles poop to a) not allow anything into groundwater, and b) has no possibility of allowing flies into it.  Regardless of what you think will fulfil both requirements, view it with the filter of a hysterical nitwit with the department of making you sad on speed-dial and prepare the systems accordingly.  Case in point: the Fouchs – from them reporting that they saw a mouse, the department showed up for an inspection.  Where was the mouse?  In the main space of the feeder, where your feet are, without any access to the cans.  Overall, just prepare to deal with paranoia as well as practical concerns.  This is another part of the reason why Paul doesn’t like humanure – if Missoula suddenly switched to it, there will assuredly be at least one dumbfuck that doesn’t do it properly and wind up contaminating the area’s water supply because they were in a rush or something.

Joe Jenkins, the author of The Humanure Handbook set up a large scale humanure system with the aim of countering the dumbfuck issue.  It had the usual system of buckets, but instead of each household or village maintaining their own heap, a truck would come by every so often and collect filled buckets to take to a large-scale composting site with several hundred piles and was operated by people actually trained to do the whole operation.  This is effectively a sort of humanure sewage treatment plant and can operate on a similar scale, whilst also being able to be scaled to meet demand – a small area can have a smaller treatment area and vice versa.

Relevant Threads

The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins

willow feeder (wheelie bin pooper) at wheaton labs basecamp - the Willow Bank
willow feeder #3 - willowonka - roundwood timber framing on skids

paul wheaton is fucking awesome! - thread on Paul's side of the Fouch incident.

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