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Willow candy delivery system?

 
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I've heard about "willow feeders" and "willow candy", but I haven't heard a single word about how this candy is to be delivered to the willows. To be sanitary, and to make people want to use such a system, It should require zero, that is zilch, that is absolutely no handling of raw humanure. Preferably, there would be no maintenance of any kind. Can anyone tell me how wheaton labs handles this? Can anyone explain at all how this is handled? What are the advantages over a composting toilet?

Also, willows are usually near water. How to we keep raw humanure out of the water table while feeding willows and cottonwoods?
 
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Those are excellent and important questions.

Personally, I recycle liquid gold only. I am happy to let solids moulder in an upland sawdust/char pit. The volumes aren't worth fussing over. The solids and their pathogens will not migrate far, and the surrounding forest will find them in its good time.

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Myron Platte wrote:I've heard about "willow feeders" and "willow candy", but I haven't heard a single word about how this candy is to be delivered to the willows. To be sanitary, and to make people want to use such a system, It should require zero, that is zilch, that is absolutely no handling of raw humanure. Preferably, there would be no maintenance of any kind. Can anyone tell me how wheaton labs handles this? Can anyone explain at all how this is handled? What are the advantages over a composting toilet?



The garbage cans are pulled out and set aside for two years.



https://permies.com/t/25481/permaculture-projects/willow-feeder-wheelie-bin-pooper#201843
 
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Anne Miller wrote:

Myron Platte wrote:I've heard about "willow feeders" and "willow candy", but I haven't heard a single word about how this candy is to be delivered to the willows. To be sanitary, and to make people want to use such a system, It should require zero, that is zilch, that is absolutely no handling of raw humanure. Preferably, there would be no maintenance of any kind. Can anyone tell me how wheaton labs handles this? Can anyone explain at all how this is handled? What are the advantages over a composting toilet?



The garbage cans are pulled out and set aside for two years.



https://permies.com/t/25481/permaculture-projects/willow-feeder-wheelie-bin-pooper#201843



So, the answer is that at Wheaton labs, they do handle raw sewage, and then let it age for a couple years. To me, that’s unacceptable. While I was searching for an answer, I found this: https://permaculture.fandom.com/wiki/Tree_bog
I like this solution a lot better. Basically, you transform the sewage directly into willow coppice/pollard (fuel, fodder, basketry, wattle and daub) and comfrey (biomass, biomass, fertilizer, mulch, fodder, biomass, bee fodder/attractor) without a bad smell, or view, or having to handle it at all. That’s the claim. If it works, it’s probably my choice.
 
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I'm unfamiliar with Wheaton Labs treatment system. Constructed Wetlands that have a barrier separating groundwater from the scavenging plants is an effective treatment system. It does show promise in the removal of pharmaceuticals where conventional systems do not.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28959339/
 
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