March 10, 2017 Earthship Island
COMPOST AND HUMAN WASTE :
On our first build hit on the island we noticed that there
were minimal flies on the island when sixty of us arrived.
At the end of a four week build there were literally carpets
of flies on the lunch tables and anywhere people were. We
had successfully increased the fly population by about
ten million. We were leaving compost uncovered
for too long and not covering human waste thoroughly
enough and quick enough. We literally saw maggots
climbing out of a compost pile. It became clear to all of us
that our inappropriate activities increased the fly population.
This time we are five days in and still only minimal flies.
We are burying compost immediately in soil pits lined
with tarps to harvest some moisture as the soil is made.
We have almost endless access to saw dust from the main land
so we have it delivered as often as necessary. We also use the
saw dust to bury the human waste in the toilet soil plugs.
The toilets themselves are made with a design where the lid
fully seals the saw dust covered waste in plastic buckets.
The buckets of saw dust and shit are emptied once a day into
tarp lined soil plugs that trap some rain water to keep the
composting soil moist through the dry season.
We are, therefore, using human waste and food compost to
create soil to enrich the plant production on the island. This
offers the possibility of human presence on this island being as
a positive thing rather than a negative thing as is usually the case.
Humans bring garbage… we are using it… every drop if it.
Humans bring food and shit… we are using it… every drop of it.
We are finding that, in groups of sixty, human activities can be
easily managed and rendered an asset to the earth rather than
a detriment. The EVE concept is using the idea that …
if problems are kept small then small solutions can be effective.
Organizing humanity into small groups of sixty or so people
is possibly a part of a greater formula for minimizing the technology
and money necessary for intergrating humanity into the existing
processes of the Earth. This is part of the EVE purpose…
to find the whole formula and use it for a better life on Earth.