Regina G Beach

The only constant is change.


One of four Amish-built outhouses on the property.

One of four Amish-built outhouses on the property.

The bushcraft school is totally off the grid. The only electricity comes from solar panels and the only water is pumped up from two wells on the property. The dump is open three days a week and we take our non-returnable plastic and glass there in the back of a pick up truck. We burn paper and cardboard. All organic material, including human waste is composted. 

There are four Amish-built wooden outhouses on the property. They have corrugated plastic roofs that let the light in and ha does that close, but don't lock the doors. The policy is to knock before entering. Inside there are coffee cans filled with a role of toilet paper each to keep the mice at bay, a bucket full of wood shavings and a movable wooden box with a toilet seat on top. 

The box is just high enough that a 5 gallon bucket fits perfectly underneath it. Just do your business, then drop a handful of sawdust down the hole and close the lid. When the bucket is nearing full, simply take off the box, take out the bucket and haul it over to the compost pile. 

The compost is thermophillac. It never needs turning and is ready to grow food in 2-3 years. There are two compost piles in the property, each around 6 feet in diameter made of chicken wire. Put down a layer of hay, which combined with the sawdust provides the carbon necessary for composting to take place. Then slowly and gently dump out the bucket. Scrub and rice the bucket, pouring the water on the compost pile providing the necessary moisture then replace the bucket in the outhouse. 

Very rarely does the compost pile smell and then only faintly. The outhouses themselves are the most pleasant I've ever used. They are warm and inviting and  smell like saw dust. This system is so easy and fixes the broken human waste system modern humans have become accustomed to. Instead of dumping our waste into drinking water and sending it to a wastewater treatment facility, which generates pollution and requires tons of energy, this system turns waste into fertile soil for food.