George Washington's "dung repository," upon which was tossed animal excrement and refuse from Mount Vernon's kitchens.
In other words, our first president had a very nice compost pile.
The more we go "green," the more we will realize that what we are actually doing is adopting the everyday experiences of those who came before us. Many of us understand this already, but more awareness might be useful lest we become too subsumed in the progress-as-panacea principle of assuming all that is good will be found in the future. Much of it will; other things -- like compost -- we figured out a loooong time ago. The best information about environmental practices is often going to come from the oldest person you know!