Joseph Jenkins began composting in 1975, and started his first humanure compost pile in 1976. He has had at least one humanure compost pile brewing continuously for the past 40 years. The Humanure Handbook began as a graduate thesis in 1994 and was self-published as an amateur book in 1995. Since then, Jenkins has published nine print titles, including four editions of The Humanure Handbook. Jenkins has traveled the world teaching people how to make compost, like a latter-day Johnny Compost Seed. Sometimes referred to as "The Pope of Poop," Jenkins prefers the more formal title of "Ambassador of Crap."
Jenkins never wants to live without a garden - that's why he learned how to turn shit into food. Humans produce their own soil fertility, usually on a daily basis, but most people don't have a clue. The Humanure Handbook offers a glimpse into that hidden world.
"This is a cult classic which might strike those without an outhouse as disgusting. But the methods outlined within have the potential to change the ecological fate of the world."-New Yorker Magazine
"Despite all the books on manure and how to use it, human manure composting is not covered elsewhere, making the Humanure Handbook a fine reference for any who would learn these basics. If you're an avid composter, there's nothing like this on the market."-Midwest Book Review
"Finally we have a comprehensive book on recycling human excrement without chemicals, high technology, or pollution. Well written, practical, and thoroughly researched . . ."-Whole Earth Review
"Almost certain to become a classic in its field. This book should be required reading. . . ."-Countryside Journal
"We think The Humanure Handbook ranks right up there with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring . . ."-HortIdeas