This diagram suggests a plan to deal with our own
human excrement in a way that totally recycles the stuff that Nature intended for us to put
back into the LAND, not into the sewer systems and not
out into our waterways! The main reason we are losing our topsoil today, with our city-oriented
lifestyles, is that while we may well be
eating healthy, mineral-rich foods, much of the mineral content from these good foods we eat
ends up in our excrement, goes down the toilet, into the sewers and ultimately out into the oceans
instead of back unto the land where it originally came from. Thus we are losing our topsoil with
our city-oriented lifestyle, but this Garden of Eden plan solves this problem very well.
While the plan pictured above and outlined below is a good one, it probably cannot be used for maybe 10 to 15 years (within the SAMPLE PARCEL C1 design) due to the lack of space to bury excrement, because most of the land is being used to grow one-season crops. COMPOSTING TOILETS and/or some other altenative system of burying well-aged excrement will have to be used for the first few years after the fruit trees are planted. Excrement must be aged long enough for the bacteria to thoroughly break down before it can be buried into the soil so the bacteria will not be absorbed by the crops or the trees there. The well-aged excrement could be worked into the soil in an area where a plant was recently harvested.
The MANURE DROP-OFF container is shown as item in lower-center portion of PICTORIAL C1 as a dark brown box, and as a grey box in the same position in PICTORIAL C10, above. This container would be about 30 feet by 40 feet, or 1,200 square feet. This container can be used as a "staging area", if necessary, to place excrement that needs more time to completely break back down into rich, healthy soil. Perhaps it could be used in conjunction with composting toilets. There could be maybe eight compartments in the MANURE DROP-OFF bin, to allow for eight cycles of time to allow the manure to properly age.Then when it has aged there long enough, it can be buried into the soil.
After the trees have grown up and the people rely more on them for food and have scaled back the one-season crops, the community may be ready to implement the excrement burial plan pictured above. The description from this point forward is a method of dealing with excrement that can be used only if it is done in a way that has been found to be safe. Most likely it will be for people who have lived on the land for awhile and have been eating only organic foods from the land there for quite awhile. In other words, their own bodily system is relatively clean.
Comparing this PICTORIAL C10, above, to PICTORIAL C1 you can see that this is another representation of the same piece of land. The numbered trees in this PICTORIAL C10 can represent a sample diagram for people to keep track of where to bury his or her excrement. The idea is to divide up the number of trees relatively evenly among all the residents and to assign each person a proportionate amount of trees, around which their individual excrement is systematically buried.
The excrement could be buried in a circle around each tree. The actual distance from the tree trunk to the burial spot would be about ½ of the planting distance between trees, as shown in the Fruit & Nut Trees: 15 YEAR YIELD ESTIMATES link. The average planting distance for all the trees would be 24 feet and ½ of that is 12 feet.
According to this plan, a person buries their excrement at their first tree, (according to their pre-assigned group of trees), in position #1, the "12 o'clock" position. After burying their excrement, a bright-colored stake is placed next to this burial site, so no one steps in it, and so they can find it for their next excrement burial "outing".
For their next excrement burial, a dull-colored, but visible, stake is placed in the previous excrement burial site at the first tree, while the bright-colored stake is moved to the second tree in the same "12 o'clock" position, position #1. This process repeats itself for each of their trees, putting a total of maybe 25 dull-colored stakes, one at each tree, and one stake for each of whatever number of trees that person is assigned to (I'm using 25 as a sample number here).
After the person buries excrement in the "12 o'clock position in all 25 (sample number) of their trees, then the cycle starts over again at the first tree, but this time around, for each of the trees, position #2 (the "one o'clock" position) is used for excrement burial. This second cycle through the trees, the dull-colored stake in position #1 is moved to position #2, at each tree, as it is each tree's turn to be the excrement burial site. Therefore, there are still no more than a total of 25 dull-colored stakes (as in the case of this "SAMPLE PERSON") for the 25 trees during the 2nd cycle through the trees (and for all the succeeding cycles through the trees.) The same procedure of moving the bright-colored stake to the most recent burial site (position #2, for this second cycle through all 25 trees), and putting a dull-colored stake at the previous tree's site is repeated through all 25 trees again.
As the third cycle through all 25 trees is started, the position #3 (the "2 o'clock" position) is used for burial. Each time another cycle through the 25 trees is started, the next position is used. When all the positions have been used, the position #1 is used again, beginning the whole process all over again. By this time, the old excrement buried there has decomposed totally into rich, organic soil for the tree to use as fertilizer. (See also, COMPOST BINS and MANURE DROP-OFF, previously in this description.)