One of my most favorite additions to the farm has been our outhouse by the barn that was built with a composting toilet.
And though I realize that there is little or no way that most of us can change the way we deal with our human waste... I am going to tell you about our lovely outhouse on the off chance that perhaps you might be considering farm life, or country life, or even off-grid living.
Because our barn is a quarter mile from our house, it is inconvenient to have to run back to the house when "nature calls". Those of you who have a farm, or a stable, will understand just how inconvenient this can be. And many of you will agree that you can find creative ways of relieving oneself in the privacy of your own barn. I am sure I am not the only one who has used a muck bucket for this purpose. Dr. Becky and I had, at one point, considered inventing a device, a toilet seat, that would sit atop one's muck bucket. Instead, I decided that what we really needed was an outhouse with a composting toilet.
Now, for you city folk - the thought of not using modern flush toilets and the idea of composting or "compoosting" one's own waste might seem a horrible idea. But let's examine...