Basement Biodigester at Mud Creek Farm, Hudson NY - 2014

On June 17th, Joseph Grimaldi and Christopher Lindstrom and T.H. Culhane finished the second Solar CITIES Basement Biodigester in the cellar of Chris' mother's restoration house on the Mud Creek Farm near Hudson NY.  Chris' mom, Abby Rockefeller, has been a champion of composting toilets for 4 decades (she was the person who brought the first Clivus Multrum systems to the US and made a campaign against septic systems and sewers, and was ahead of her time, arguing that natural microbial processes were the best way to turn human "wastes" into assets to return fertility to the earth and build soil.)

The Rockefeller/Lindstrom's have been active in compost latrines outside of the US too, running a project in Jamaica, for example.  And they have been curious about the application of home and community scale biodigestion for development.  With this basement build, which accompanies a basement composting Clivus Multrum, they are now exploring the synergies between anaerobic and aerobic microbial processes for all household wastes in an intergated suite of solutions. 

 

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