Porta Potties at the Garlic Festival

Organizers will be recycling the urine from those who entered specific “urine only” porta potties. It will then be used as compost.

A large-scale “urine diversion project” will be set up in collaboration with the Rich Earth Institute of Brattleboro, Vt. What’s expected to be 1,000 to 1,200 gallons of urine will go directly on Dorothy Forster’s hayfields, where the festival was held.

The weekend’s effort may have been “the largest known event to divert and collect urine from thousands of festival attendees through specially retrofitted port-a-potties,” according to festival originator Deborah Habib of Seeds of Solidarity Farm, who hopes it will be “a model of truly local, organic fertilizer and environmental sustainability.”