Low Technology Institute

nonindustrial | subsistence | technology

Housing, clothing, and feeding ourselves without fossil fuels.

Starting in 2017, the Low Technology Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has sought to revive and adapt nonindustrial technology to solve problems today.

Specifically, we hope to identify human-scale solutions for subsistence in the post-fossil-fuel world.

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Bee Research

The Low Technology Institute is expanding its focus on honeybee research. In the next months, you’ll see blog posts describing the on-going and upcoming projects we are carrying out. Subscribe to our blog below to make sure you never miss a post.

Varroa-Mite Tolerant Bee Breeding

We’re selectively breeding isolated bee colonies in order to live with mites without using chemical treatments. Find out about our study hives, read a grant proposal for the pilot project, and stay tuned for more announcements and information about this project in the coming year.

Self-Sustaining Bee Yards

The biggest problem beekeepers have is keeping up their bee populations in the face of disease, pesticide use, and other challenges. The usual answer is to buy new bees each spring to replace the hives that died over the winter, but it is possible to make one’s own self-sustaining bee yard. Over the next months, we’ll be putting together a short manual to walk even beginning beekeepers through the process, step by step (see last year’s guide to worm composting). It will come out in serial fashion on the blog first, so subscribe below.

More Bee Research

We’ll be working to test out other solutions for difficulties facing beekeepers and bees alike. If you have a suggestion or problem, let us know by sending us an email. We’re always interested in working with citizen scientists, too.

Support Bee Research

We use grant funds and volunteer time to run our research program, but you can help us spend less time searching for support by donating directly! Simply follow the link below and add a note at checkout that your tax-deductible donation is for bee research — and thanks!

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Thank you for visiting the website of the Low Technology Institute. We’re focused on identifying, researching, and adapting solutions to house, clothe, and feed ourselves when fossil fuels become a thing of the past. This may happen sooner or later, but when it does, you are welcome to use our free, publicly available plans and techniques. Until then, please help us refine our solutions by testing them out for yourself and becoming a research collaborator by providing feedback and improvements.

We’re currently putting out a (nearly) daily blog and weekly podcast or video to highlight the work of the institute and others. We offer regular workshops and memberships. We’re looking for citizen scientists to partner with us on developing and testing our solutions. In the future, we hope to put out an academic journal and technical bulletin, but we are currently looking for submissions and volunteers.

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