August 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008 

 

 

In Attendance: Vlada, Lorne, David, Kriko, Alice, Deema, Rachel, Stephanie, Emerson, Charlie, Cara, Mark, Gabe, Sarah, Mike, Judy, Michael

 

Updates

– The Pirate Andy’s Treasurer Report says we’ve got $4992.46 in our account, including $2,229 that we have raised though grants and donations for our compost consolidation project.

– Cara survived a Raccoon attack on Long Island!

– Those who took part had a great time at the annual Green with Envy Bike Tour organized by Jon Crow of the Pacific Bears Garden!  Its always great to meet other gardens and talk about similar struggles, look at how each of us has dealt with those struggles, and to be inspired by the breadth of experience, dedication, and passion we all share.  Thanks, Jon!

 

New Business

 

 

The Third Annual Triple Threat is on for Saturday, Sept 6th, noon until… (Sunday, Sept. 7th raindate)

– we voted on a $200 budget for this event, primarily to be used by whoever volunteers to be the BBQ coordinator from grillings.

– the call was put out for volunteers to step up into event coordinator positions

     Thank you to Emerson, for volunteering to coordinate the movie!

     Thank you to Stephanie for volunteering to coordinate the tasty bake sale!

     Thank you to Deema for volunteering to coordinate outreach!

– No one volunteered at the meeting to coordinate the Sidewalk sale or the BBQ.  The word was spread to the membership through e-mails and phone calls.  Thank you to Kriko for volunteering to be the sidewalk sale coordinator!  After no one was able to coordinate the BBQ… Double thank you to Cara for performing double duties, coordinating the coordinators and coordinating the BBQ!

 

Attendance for Meeting and Workdays

In the RSVP request before the meeting, we said that we were going to discuss the attendance for meetings and workdays, as well as the possibilities for make-ups.  (As you all should know by now, the garden voted this year to require everyone to attend 4 workdays/events and 4 meetings to either keep their plot for next year or get on the wait list for a plot for next year.) 

 

The discussion of make-ups was on the agenda to talk about our new by-laws and membership commitment, especially in light of the fact that as of last Thursday’s meeting, 3 plots are mathematically unable to fulfill their membership requirements. We thought that we should all start to talk about this issue now.  The attendance list for workdays and meetings was passed around the meeting and e-mailed/mailed out to the members not in attendance. 

 

Workdays:Make-up workdays are not really an issue, since there are many opportunities between now and the end of our season to fulfill our membership commitment of four.  We still have 1) our final workday, 2) a workday(s) that our workday coordinators are organizing, 3) a workday to paint the rainwater harvester to look like a caterpillar, and 4) helping with a 3-hour shift at the Triple Threat.  There is also always the option of doing a three hour shift with Charlie to help with the compost.  

 

Meetings:In terms of making up meetings, things were a little more complicated.  There was some discussion, and several proposals.   

 

– Mark initially proposed to allow gardeners to attend either a BQLT Board meeting, a BQLT Operations meeting, or a BQLT Communications meeting.  In order to get credit for attending a BQLT meeting, the gardener would then have to come to the next Hollenback monthly meeting and report on the BQLT meeting.  That proposal was initially passed unanimously.   

 

– Rachel then made a second proposal to count workdays as make-ups for meetings. Several members present felt that meetings and workdays were different commitments to the garden, and that 1) meetings were more about face to face discussions about the direction of our garden, and that 2)attendance at meetings is important and distinct from workdays because without active attendance at meetings, an undue amount of volunteering falls upon the people who attend meetings.  

 

– Then Gabe and Emerson proposed that we hold off on any amendments to our membership commitment and see how things stand in October at our last meeting. In the ensuing discussion, several gardeners said they felt that the membership commitment was very fair.  It was said that we all voted on the commitment and it passed by an overwhelming margin and we should stand by it and see what, if anything, we want to address at the end of this first season.  This proposal passed by a vote of 14 to 2 and the first two proposals were withdrawn (though saved for possible measures in our October discussion). 

 

In terms of our October discussion of the by-laws and membership commitment, there were a few other points brought up.  For one, there is the consideration that there are some gardeners who cannot attend one of our two meeting days(Thursdays or Saturdays).  For those gardeners, they only have four possible meetings they can attend.   

 

New Final Meeting Date

– It was proposed and passed to change our last meeting from Thursday, October 16th to Saturday, October 18th. 

 

New Workday

– For anyone needing a workday, Kate volunteered to run a make-up workday on Saturday August 30th.

 

 

 

 

Respectfully recorded and submitted by Mark

 

 

2008 Calendar

2008 Hollenback Community Garden Calendar Sat March 22 Meeting 11:00-1:30 at 459 Vanderbilt Ave Sat March 29 BQLT Annual Meeting 10 am -2 pm, 520 Prospect Pl., entrance on Classon Ave. Sat April 5 Brooklyn Community Gardeners Meeting 11-1:00, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sat April 12 First Workday 11:00 start time, in the garden Thurs April 17 Meeting 7:00-9:00 at 459 Vanderbilt Ave Sat April 26th Just Foods’ Train the Trainers workshop on Compost and Soils 11-1:00 PM, in the garden Sat May 10 UN Delegate Tour of Brooklyn Gardens/Urban Farms & the Composting Toilet Unveiling and Season Opening Kick Off Event, in the garden Sat May 17 Greenthumb Seedling Pick Up 10:00-12:00 Also on Saturday May 17 – The Workday with P.S. 11 from 10:00am to 2pm Thurs May 22 Meeting 7:00-9:00 pm, 459 Vanderbilt btwn Gates and Greene Aves. Thurs June 19 Meeting 7:00-9:00 Sat June 21 Summer Solstice and Make Music New York, in the garden Sat June 28 Workday 11:00 start time, in the garden Sat July 19 11:00-1:00 Meeting and Workday 1:00-5:00, in the garden Thurs Aug 21 Meeting 7:00-9:00 Sat Sept 6 Triple Threat Yard Sale/BBQ/Movie Night, in the garden Sat Sept 20 Meeting 11:00-1:00, in the garden Sat Oct 18 Meeting 11:00-1:00pm, 459 Vanderbilt Ave. Sat Oct 18 Final Workday 1:00 start time, in the garden

July 2008 Meeting Minutes

Monthly Garden Meeting Minutes July 19, 2008 In attendance: (1) Carmen, (2) Ms. Covington, (3) Rachel, (4) Peter, (5) Hannah, (6) Judy, (7) Mark, (8) Cara, (9), Kirk, (10) Charlie, (11) Michael M., (12) Sarah, (13) Pirate Andy, (14) Roma, (15) Kate, (16) Maggie, (17) Marissa, (18), Mohammed The ice breaker question for the meeting was What fictional character would you most like to meet? The responses were: Mickey Mouse (twice), Obi Wan Kenobi (twice), Mr. Darcy, Gandolf, Jane Eyre, Calvin (as in the friend of Hobbes), Rumplestiltskin, Kermit the Frog, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack Webb (“Just the facts,ma’am” guy from Dragnet) Hermione, Superman, Albus Bumbledore, Lara Croft (as portrayed by Angelina Jolie), any Bruce Lee role, James Bond, Liz Lemon As a fun game, how many gardeners can you match with their responses? **Updates** Nicole, who is taking a sabbatical year this year, has returned her plot to the garden this year. Following our by laws, with no interest expressed by gardeners with plots, the plot has gone to Dara and Jacoby, who were at the top of the waitlist as garden members without plots. They will be working the plot for the 2008 season. Keeping the Momentum at P.S. 11 The garden beds over at the school are doing well, and we are going to try to keep them that way through the summer, so that the teachers will have an easier time developing parental involvment in September. The school is going to be showing their gardens at the meet-and-greet for incoming students with parents and kids. There was a need to water the beds in the middle of the week – and Ms. Covington and Carmen volunteered. Checking-In: Passing the Conch – Ms. Covington gets her oft admired okra at Midtown Flowers – Cara is loving the calaloo we tried in our plot this summer – Sarah is excited about her more than welcome, volunteer, tomatoes and sunflowers – A writer from San Francisco named Susan Finlasen was told by Lenny Labrizzi (of Council for the Environment) that she had to see our garden in her researching for her book – A garden activist from Israel, named Oded, who is attempting to create a coalition of the community gardens in Jerusalem, was sent to check out our garden by Edie Stone, the head of GreenThumb – In the ungoing evolution of soil testing in our gardens, Cornell has a new program to assist urban gardens with soil testing (simplier tests and more support in understanding the results), in large part due to the efforts of the BQLT soil committee (lead by our very own Charlie Bayrer) – There is a Community Garden Alliance at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden helping gardens to work together – John Pope at the Prospect Heights Farm is working on expanding the scope of their composting system **New Business** Raccoons: God’s Misunderstood Waste Managers Residents on the block have seen raccoons in their backyards and we were approached by the Washington Avenue Block Association. We discussed it, and no gardeners have seen raccoons in the garden The Path to Enlightenment Planting the seed for a future, longer discussion, we began brainstorming some solutions to the yearly shifting of the center path. Some ideas: (1) pick it up, lay concrete (or not), regrade it, repave it and re-level it, (2) curve the path (which would require massive space reallocation within the garden), (3) off set the path, (4) loose the bricks and put down a path of crushed pea-sized stones. It was pointed out that the square pavers shift more, and if we repave the path, we should consider taking them out. Garden Learning Day We discussed if we wanted an August event. Cara suggested a movie night. Sarah suggested trying to bring in Classie Parker to do a canning workshop. Maggie suggested that perhaps Jacoby would be interested in giving an herb talk. A tentative date was set for August 2nd. (after the meeting, the event lost steam when we got no responses from Just Foods or Classie. The movie night could not happen because we were unable to find speakers.) There was a lot of interest in having some kind of day of learning and hopefully it is an idea we can return to. Community Garden Adult Literacy Curriculum Mark, who is an adult literacy teacher, is planning on applying for some grants to write a curriculum for adult basic education/ GED students around the theme of community gardens. Hannah, Carmen, Rachel (and later Jacoby) expressed an interest in being involved. Miscellaneous – Charlie is going on vacation and we need someone to pick up the coffee grounds from Tillie’s on Wednesday. Sarah volunteered. We also need someone to change out the food waste drop off bin by the front gate (if it needs to be switched). – The Green with Envy Walking/Bike Tour is on Saturday 26th. The tour starts at the Brooklyn Bears Garden (next to Modell’s on Flatbush Ave.) at 10am. Hollenback is a stop on the tour. respectfully submitted by Mark

June 2008

 Minutes for the June 19th Meeting

 

In Attendance: Lon, John Spinks, Penny, John Ryan, Jennifer, Ingrid, Kate, Sarah, Charlie, Marisa, Pat Gatherer, Gabe, Roma, Kirk, Mark, Cara, Frank, Michael, Hannah and a special guest apperance for BQLT board member and Operations Committee Chair, Pat McCarty

 

 

Ice Breaker : What was your worst hairstyle or fashion mistake?

Let’s just say, we all feel infinitely closer to each other.  Triangular curly mullets, tight suits, white socks, jeans with zippers, princess prom dresses, looking good on the outside while sweating on the inside, Dorothy Hammel haircuts, impersonating Hulk Hogan – we’ve all come a long way.

 

Updates

Food Donation: 

Deema continues to organize this new program for Hollenback! 

There are flags with instructions in the shed to put in your plot and indicate which extra vegetables you would like to have donated.  Especially if you are going out of town, put a flag in your plot so that no food will go to waste this summer.

Upcoming collection days are

Tues June 24th  at 3pm (to be donated to the soup kitchen at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church on Quincy and Franklin) and

July 8th (to be donated to the summer camp for children at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church)

At the meeting seemed to indicate that there would be little to donate next week, but that people were very supportive and excited for the new program, especially come July and Aug.  Deema is working on making contacts with the food pantry programs that run in July and August at the Faith Assemblies of God Church in Gates and at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church on Washington.

If you are interested in helping Deema with picking or dropping off, please contact her at dmabay@yahoo.com or 917-547-8411.

 

BQLT Communications Committee

The BQLT Communications committee is charged with the responsiblity for facilitating communication both between the 34 BQLT gardens and between the gardens and the rest of the world.  Sarah Pokora, our representative to this committee, reports back that the 2nd BQLT newsletter has gone out.  This is great progress for the BQLT and Sarah put a lot of work into it.  This committee meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

If you would like to get involved with Communications, contact Sarah at sarahpokora@yahoo.com.

 

Hollenback Soil Testing Update: 

Charlie Bayrer got back soil results from our second round of soil testing in the garden. 

The first was from a combined sample of all 21 raised beds taken at a 10” soil depth.  Lead levels came back at 154 ppm (parts per million).  This was well below the EPA designated hazardous levels of bare soil for kids at 400 ppm and adults at 1200 ppm.  

The second sample was from areas where gardeners plant directly into the soil and there has been significant amendment with compost.  Those plots were Margaret’s, Carmen’s, Frank’s and Pat’s.  Lead levels were around 200 ppm. 

The third sample came from Laurena Covington’s plot, where she plants directly into the soil and there was little compost amendment at the time of the sample (though there has been significant amendment since the sample was taken).  Lead levels were around 400 ppm. 

In all 3 soil samples, ph came back neutral at 7, and the only nutrient that seemed to be low was nitrogen.  To add nitrogen to the soil, Charlie recommends amending the soil 3 times a year (in April, June and Aug) with dried blood, alfalfa meal or cottonseed meal.  Rate of application is 3 cups for a 4 x 8 ft bed.  You can also plant a winter cover crop of nitrogen fixing clover.

 

Compost Donations:Charlie reported on the organizations/areas the garden has given compost to this spring:  PS 11,  Brooklyn Society of Friends, St. James Block Association, Washington Ave tree pits Block Association, Green Fort Greene, Clinton Hill branh of the Brooklyn Public Library, Myrtle Ave Revitalization Merchants Development Association (for their Greenest Block in Brooklyn planters), and the Cedar Tree Community Garden on Gates.  We received money, a total of $90 from the last two organizations.  The garden is planning a one day compost sale at the Fort Greene Farmers market in the fall.

 

PS 11 School GardensOur education committee, Dave and Steffanie, along with a tremendous amount of work from Charlie, John and Mark, and the children and science teachers of PS 11, have weeded, mulched, amended and planted 3 large beds for the children’s gardens.  Two of the beds contain annual flowers and one contains vegetables.  It is a beautiful garden, and the children and teachers of PS 11 are grateful for our help.  Also, the two science teachers involved in developing the school gardens brought their science classes into our garden, and used it as a green classroom.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

 

PS 11 School Gardens: Keeping the momentum over the summer

Teachers at the school have asked for help maintaining the garden over the summer when students are gone.  This mostly consists of  watering, weeding and harvesting.  Dave, Charlie and Mark will confirm with PS 11 how we will get access to the space and to their water spigot.  We may have to bring our own hose over to use in their beds.  It was suggested that apprentice gardeners might be interested in helping as it would give them a plot to take care of and enjoy the vegetables from.  Gardeners who volunteered to help were: Penny, Christine, Gabe, Lon and Hannah.

 

Nicole Cordier’s Sabbatical Year: 

Nicole is going to be giving up her plot for a year.  We asked current members with plots if they were interested in moving or taking over the plot.  John Brooks suggested that he or Maggie might be interested, but did not commit.  If a member with a plot is not interested, then we will offer it to any members without plots and then to our apprentice members.  Anyone who takes the plot over for this season would do so with the understanding that Nicole will have the option of returning to her plot in March 2009.  If she does not want it, then the person who maintains it this summer will get to keep it.

 

Mohammed and Youth in the garden:We discussed a way to continue to cultivate our relationship with Mohammed, given that he is only 13 and it not an official member and does not have a key.  He is a very responsible and respectful kid, who often comes into the garden with his brother Adam and his cousin Abraham.  He has a few planters near Kriko’s plot and Kriko generously gave him a corner of his plot to grow in as well.  We decided that our policy will be that when Mohammed comes to the garden, he will check in with whatever gardener is present to see if it is ok for him to come in the garden.  Cara and Mark will be contacting Mohammed’s parents to sign a release form to make sure that the garden is not held responsible if something happens while he is in the garden. 

 

As a general (though flexible) rule, other children who come in must be accompanied by an adult, unless the gardener who is there wants to help the kids engage with the garden.  We decided to go ahead with this rule because of some recent concerns with a group of kids who are aware of the rules, but have been coming into the garden to pick fruit anyway. 

 

Waitlist Drawing for Apprentice Members:

The garden had a random drawing of apprentice members who are interested in getting plots next summer.  If these gardeners fulfill their membership duties for this summer, they will be eligible for a plot next year in the following order (but after current members): Jennifer, Penny, Judy, Tree, Leslie, Christine, Cambra, & Heather

 

On the Horizon

Garden event on Sat Aug 2nd

 

Start thinking about what kind of even you’d like to see in the garden.  Movie night?  BBQ?  Games night?  Live Music?  We’ll brainstorm and decide what kind of event to have at our July meeting.

 

Workday June 28th, 11:00 am

 

Workday for water tank beautification Wed July 16th

Marisa and Ingrid lead an effort to put a primer the rainwater tank so that it will be ready to be painted on our July 19th  workday.

 

 

*Our Next Meeting is Saturday July 19th in the garden from 11 to 1:00 followed by a Workday from 1:00 until 6:00pm*

 

 

 

 These minutes were respectfully submitted by Mark and Cara

 

Compost Donations

The Hollenback Community Garden has been proud to offer our “Hollenback Gold” to the following community projects.

 

– Earlier in the 2007 season, through the coordination of the Trust for Public Land, we were able to bag and donate over 40 large sacks of compost to P.S. 130 in the Bronx for their community playground.

– We provided about a dozen wheel barrows full of our compost to replenish the soil in the ornamental beds in front of the library to The Friends of the Clinton Hill Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

– We provided compost to amend the soil for the PS 11 School Garden project

– We provided our homegrown compost to the Green Ft. Greene Ft Greene/Clinton Hill Tree Planting Project

– We gave compost to the St. James Block Association for their block clean up

– We replenished the soil in the tree pits on Washington Avenue between Gates and Greene

– We sold 2/3 of a cubic yard to the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Merchant’s Development Association for use in their Greenest Block in Brooklyn planters

– We sold compost to the Cedar Tree Garden on Greene Avenue

May 2008

Hollenback Community Garden

Meeting Notes from May 22nd Meeting

Pirate Andy’s Treasurer Report

Began year with $2537.46

$2434.46 in bank

$103 petty cash

Expenses thus far: $396

$75 Soil testing  (PS 11 and hollenback compost)

$50 Composting toilet solar panel consultation fee

$100 food for BBQ

$171 Composting toilet supplies

Money Received: $2227.00

$227 Dues

$2000 CCNYC Grant for new compost system

Current balance:  $4368.46

  -600.00 designated for future t-shirts

                 -2000.00  designated for new compost

                __________

          $1768.46

Available money: $1768.46

Composting Consolidation Project

Charlie reported.  We’re moving forward with our plans to consolidate the compost between the toilet and rain-water harvester.  Charlie is currently explorer the costs of materials.  Strong candidates are cedar, plastic lumber, or some sort of common lumber. 

For the workday on June 28th, we will be clearing and re-grading the area in preparation of building the new bins.  6 bins will be put in on top of a new base of gravel w/ cement pavers.  In the interim, the cyclones will remain where they are until the new location is cleared and leveled. 

It was suggested that we contact I.C.E to see if we can get student volunteers to come share in some of the exciting labor involved in the project. 

Education Committee

The P.S.11 project is moving forward, if slowly.  We’re seeking more parent support to make sure the workdays are better attended.   Charlie has been working with the kids and the beds over at the school.  There is a LOT of enthusiasm from them.   Thus far, they’ve cleaned up the planting area and have 8 half-barrel planters in addition to two 8’x12’ beds. 

T-Shirt

Designs (by Sarah and John Spinks) and pricing (by Nicole) continues.  Presentation to come!

Food Donation Coordination

Deema has been speaking with Dorothea at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church soup kitchen.  As per the most recent email to the group, we’re underway with a food donation system.  Fresh greens are a popular item for donation! 

Bike/Walking Tours

Jon Crow is arranging a Green With Envy Walking Tour for Saturday, July 26th.  We’ll be on the tour!

BQLT Updates

BQLT desperately needs our support.  As an organization, they are trying to become a fully independent and well funded non-profit.  This is difficult work and if not done properly, the sanctuary that we have at Hollenback could well become threatened.  If you have the time and are interested in urban green space, you should consider stepping up and working more directly with BQLT as they make this transition.

BQLT Communications Committee Report 

Sarah P. reports that the first newsletter for BQLT has been produced.  Hooray!  It was part of the bylaws, the first-ever, and a very important step for BQLT.  They need stories (talk to Sarah) for upcoming issues and Nicole will be coordinating a website situation. 

Operations Committee Report –

Soil testing is going on across BQLT.  Wood chips are also being distributed to all of the gardens. 

Water Tank Beautification

We’re painting the water tank to look like… a caterpillar!  Ingrid, Vlada and Maria will be arranging a painting party in July.  Green Thumb will be donation the supplies.

Front South Common Area Clean Up

Judy Poehler is moving full speed ahead with a lovely project to beautify our shady seating area in the front of the garden to the left of the path.  Go Judy! 

The Gertrude Jefferson Memorial Herb Garden

We discussed the memorial herb garden.  Some planning is underway, but we are exploring how to make this a meaningful and long-lasting community and garden resource.  Suggestions have been made for putting in both medicinal and edible herbs and we’re likely not going to be building it in a raised bed, opting for a more natural mounded soil area.  Long term perennials will be planted and we’re going to be getting educational material to explain the various plantings.  Also, we’ll be pricing and possibly purchasing permanent signage (like the kind you’d see at a botanical garden).  In anticipation of cleaning the area up, we’re getting the soil tested. 

Membership Rules Document

All gardeners need to sign the new membership rules document and sign up for open hours.  Both are in the back in the green shed. 

Garden Duties That Allow You to Choose to be Exempt From Open Hours:

Water Barrel fillers

BQLT Committee members

And here ends my note-taking! 

 

Submitted by Secretary Mike Dimpfl

Toilet PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MIKE DIMPFL

PHONE: 718 288 3509

 

 

HOLLENBACK COMMUNITY GARDEN HOSTS UNITED NATIONS VISITORS AND UNVEILS COMPOSTING TOILET

May 1, 2008 – On Saturday, May 10th, Hollenback Community Garden in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.  Adding to the excitement, the garden will unveil a new composting toilet, adding to the significant “green” activities already underway at the Clinton Hill oasis. 

Standing on the sight of the old Hollenback Family Mansion, the Hollenback Community Garden has been a green oasis in the city for more than 25 years.  Currently, 40 active garden members work the land, growing vegetables, recycling tons (literally) of community food and garden waste into compost, harvesting rain-water from the rooftop next door, working with P.S.11 students to teach them about growing food, and being an active part of the Clinton Hill and urban gardening communities. 

Last year, the garden installed a composting toilet, the first of its kind in a community garden in Brooklyn.  Won via eBay auction from the Battery Park Conservancy, it took an almost insurmountable effort by garden volunteers to then get it delivered, installed, and ready to turn the community’s collective poop into brown gold!  This year, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UN CSD) is taking delegates around the state to visit urban gardens, farms, and other green spaces being used to sustain and build local community. 

On Saturday, May 10th, to mark the occasion, and to share our experience as an urban garden with some of our international friends, Hollenback is hosting one part of a larger tour sponsored by WHY (World Hunger Year) for the attendees of the conference held by the UN CSD.  60 international visitors will be touring the garden from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to see our space and talk about our efforts to be not only a good neighbor, but to actively improve the community in which we live.  

That same day at 3p.m., we will be hosting the Ceremonial First Flush of the composting toilet followed by a free community barbeque. 

 

Please join us as we mark not only a notable visit from international guests seeking to engage communities in questions of green urbanism, environmental remediation, and ongoing sustainability, but also the equally momentous opening of the first composting toilet in a community garden in Brooklyn.

Contact Mike Dimpfl at 718 288 3509 for more details or with questions. 

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Video

 

 

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Click Here, For More Details On How It Works

  Basics of the Composting Toilet Underneath our toilet is a large tub (a.k.a. the composting chamber), which contains wood shavings and compost produced from community food waste. A solar-powered fan draws air into the toilet, which flows through the compost in the tub and back up a pipe through the roof of the unit. This steady flow of air dries the solid human waste, aerates the microbes that break down the waste into its essential nutrients with necessary oxygen, and carries any odors out through the roof. Solid human waste will accumulate in a cone/pyramid underneath the toilet. This cone/pyramid will be rotated and mixed with existing compost in the tub. Liquid human waste seeps down through the composting chamber, through the pre-existing compost, and soak material (the wood shavings). Once the liquid waste gets to the bottom of the tub, it passes through several sieves into a secondary level in the composter base. From here the liquid waste can be accessed from the removal port, under the trapdoor in front of the unit.  This processed liquid waste can then be used as a liquid fertilizer.                Environmental Advantages of a Composting Toilet Our composting toilet is a non-flushing toilet, saving the gallons upon gallons of potable water required to flush standard toilets.  So, basically, a composting toilet does not waste drinking water, does not tax or contribute to overworked sewer lines, and produces nutrient rich soil amendment. And it has got to be one of the easiest ways to contribute to the city’s blossoming green movement.

 

 

 

 

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