Unless you’re one of few people who didn’t recoil in horror at Two Girls, One Cup, it’s likely you don’t find poop particularly sexy.
But the folks at Miami’s Fertile Earth Foundation are working to show the public that “waste” has a purpose, and embracing its awesomeness can help save the planet.
Starring 12 super-sexy, eco-conscious ladies slathered in South Floridian shit, the 2015 Ladies of Manure calendar is coming soon — assuming they can raise $10K by Halloween.
The group did a similar calendar in 2013 that garnered major buzz. So they’re back at it again to raise funds for their mission: to encourage people to live more sustainable lives, primarily through composting education.
But why, exactly, is poop something to celebrate?
“Poop is awesome because it can be used as resource for many reasons — to provide energy for your stove or light up your light bulb to fertilizing your garden,” says Project Manager Julia Poliadis. “It’s a resource, not waste!”
Manure comes in many incarnations, and they all have their assets. Cow poop is particularly great, says Poliadis.
“Cows are not just adorable, but their poop is pretty darn amazing, too. Cow manure is thankfully pretty abundant, especially in areas that abound with dairy farms,” Poliadis explains. “It allows the soil to hold more water, provides aeration so roots can breathe and slowly releases nutrients back into the ground. Millions of beneficial bacteria make nutrients like nitrogen, which plants cannot directly use, readily available to plants.”
Of course, it has to be properly composted before it’s used in a garden, but there are companies (like Black Kow) that’ll do that for you.
The 2015 features 12 lovely ladies, all volunteers, posing pin-up style with various types of manure — from the aforementioned cow poop, to fish poop, worm poop and more.
“Whether it’s starting their own permaculture business or simply volunteering for composting workshops, all the ladies do their part in spreading the message about composting,” Poliadis says. “Leslie, the wife’s owner of the Earth N Us Farm where the shoot was located, will be featured in this calendar. Also, lead singer Cuci Amador from local band Afrobeta will also be featured in the most revealing shot of the year.”
The calendars will be $25 apiece, but they have to meet their Kickstarter fundraising goal by Halloween in order to have them printed. So, if you want to see some ladies make worm droppings look good, donate to their Kickstarter now.