Living Sustainably

Aquaponics | Rain Harvesting | Composting | Other Green Products

Composting Humanure with Worms

A few years ago we were composting our food scraps in plastic tubs indoors, as winter in Upstate NY can get as low as -40 degrees. We eventually had eight 52 quart tubs going, and started feeding the worms the output of our Jenkin’s Bucket Toilet. We used coconut coir as our cover material. The worm compost was used in our Square Foot Garden beds, and grew some wonderful crops. We made a video describing the bucket toilet on Youtube. I recently found others who do a similar process as we did. It’s a good read, and an important part of closing the nutrient cycle and eliminating pollution, as well as reducing your water usage. It’s a great complement to rainwater harvesting.


Vermiposting (Worm Compost) Project Underway

A Coleman Cooler with a drain at the bottom, a bale of Coconut Coir, kitchen scraps, and a quart of fishing worms, and the project is under way. The indoor garden beds still need to be constructed, and the fluorescent grow lights installed, but we expect to have those done mid January. To participate in this project, please visit If you would like to order a kit, drop us a line at All the worm bed materials will come packaged in the cooler, just add kitchen scraps. Worm Compost makes the best fertilizer and potting soil.


Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Recently I picked up a new Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven. I bought the 6 quart unit, with the flanged lid and integral legs for campfire cooking. The lid holds coals so that you can cook from all sides, but flip it over and it’s a griddle for doing eggs or pancakes. I expect to do quite a bit of cooking with this, so I needed to know how to season it, and care for it afterwards. I found an excellent resource for the care of Cast Iron at Kitchen Emporium, and another at Lodge’s website. The Dutch oven is baking right now after coating it with lard for it’s first pass of seasoning.

08-27-05 UPDATE:
We took this camping this week. Made pineapple upside down cake, chili, spaghetti, and other meals in it over an open fire. It was a success!