Humanure for the City Dweller

Embrace your body as a soil-maker.

BY NANCE KLEHM

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As an urban gardener and forager living in Chicago, I am obsessed with improving soils. Composting is one major method of doing this (along with mulching and growing cover crops and mushrooms). Compost helps soil absorb and retain moisture and helps plants build nice, strong, and nutritious bodies upon which we may feed.

A few years ago, I started tentatively composting my body’s own waste. It worked beautifully, and I have since completely abandoned my “flushie” and fully embraced my body as soil-maker (my toilet now serves as a bookshelf and plant stand).

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