Installing HH-2 at Plum Village south west France

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April 2014 The Bergerac region of south west France saw the first installation of HH-2Plum Village 202 The Plum Village Buddhist community are located here with 3 farms.  The Good Gardeners HH-2 system of fertility making  had been spotted on the internet by the funders of the Plum Village community; the wealthy Astor family. Under their instruction the first HH-2 system was ordered and shipped to France.Plum Village 076 Plum Village 043 Plum Village 124

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This hugely successful community are Vegans and thus respect all animal life. They grow a lot of their own food and want to grow more. Previously they had been buying commercially produced compost for their poly tunnelsPlum Village 029 but this had not stopped the onslaught of pests and diseases.  A meeting was called for members of their three farms to attend. The aim being to generate an optimum fertiliser/soil conditioner from their own waste know as HH-4

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On arrival we found hey had built a number of beautiful compost toilet housings which were pre-fitted to accomodate the HH-3 DRY toilet system for fast removal to the HH-2 Hot Boxes located on the farm

With their large number of visitors each summer (500) they were easily able to sanitize the entire site with no expensive infrastructure and return the waste (organic matter) to the soil with TNR total nutrient recovery in the most efficient way via the HH-2 technology.

The operators course was given over a few days and the staff soon mastered the ancient science of organic waste management as practised by the Chinese 5,000 years ago.

They were able to add more toilet housings quickly that housed the same HH-3 equipment. This is all above ground so poses no risk to contaminating the water table.

In conjunction with all their kitchen waste and crop waste, grass cutting etc., they soon had a closed loop system of fertilising their crops and maintaining a permanent sustainable solution to building their soil and protecting their environment.

This is a living example of how to manage a communities waste responsibly without using up valuable water resources that are becoming increasingly rare today and without leaving the fateful job of emptying pit latrines or septic tanks to someone else.

Thus there is no storage of human effluent left to fester, breed rats and flies and pollute water tables. This is one of the surest ways to improve the health of any community and prevent the spread of deadly diseases which come from unattended sanitation waste.   see full article in ON LOCATION

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