Yes, you read that correctly. We have almost completed the newest addition to the homestead, our new outhouse. I'm sure your next question is why do we need an outhouse. A few weeks ago I shared with you that we will be opening the homestead to the public for the Statham Homestead Trail in April. When you invite people over, you have to have somewhere for them freshen up, if you know what I mean.
We have also wanted one for us to use when we are out there working and all muddy. Nothing makes me more insane than for my children to run through the house with their dirty shoes on. The outhouse is a logical solution to both problems.
I'm sure this leads to more quandaries. No, we did not dig a big hole in the ground. You actually have to get a permit if you are digging for an outhouse to make sure you are not near a drinking source. We are using a composting toilet mode from the bucket and toilet seat you see Brother sitting on. We will add wood mulch to the bucket as we use it and empty it into a larger barrel to finish decomposing. When it all broken down, it will be used to fertilize our non-edible plants on the farm.
Before you get all grossed out, I will remind you that the majority of my readers use municipal water sources that takes sewage and restores it to potable water in a facility which really is the ultimate in poo recycling. We are trying to be as sustainable as possible. We salvaged the wood wood and pallet boards from other projects, rinsed out one of the many buckets we have on the farm, and only purchased the roofing, screws, and a toilet seat. Pretty impressive, right?
Make plans to come for a visit soon and sit a spell.
Vasek and Brooke
We are thrilled to share our homesteading successes and struggles with you. There's a steep learning curve here and we are ready for the challenges.