Worms for human manure

by Walt
(Colorado)

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I need to make positive impression on new woman in my life. I'd like to upgrade my sawdust toilet that goes in woodstove (nine month winter here) and convert to worms for summer and hopefully full time through winter. How much volume and worms would I need to keep up with two adults. Coolish temperatures between 45 in winter and 65 in summer. Thanks

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Re: Worms for human manure
by: Stephan

Hello Walt

The winter temperatures you mentioned are just above the temperatures that the most popular compost worms (Eisenia fetida) known as red wigglers tolerate but at those lower temperatures they will become a little sluggish so you might want to make sure their bin is a little insulated to keep them very active.

2 adults will probably produce close to t0 2 pounds / 1 kg of humanure (poop) per day plus the paper. You would need about 10000 compost worms to take care of this amount of waste and should have a worm farm that has a surface area of at least 1 meter square / 10.76 square feet.

In addition you should separate most of the urine and use it rather as natural fertilizer or for a compost heap.

Once your worms have converted all the humanure into worm castings it is advisable to store the worm castings for at least one year but preferably 2 years before you use them to make sure that all the potential pathogens they might carry are completely destroyed. Alternatively you can recycle your human waste poop and urine in a thermophilic compost heap and feed the finished compost to the worms.

Kind regards

Stephan Kloppert

Author of "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

Editor of www.worm-composting-help.com

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