Low Technology Institute

postindustrial | subsistence | technology

How do you plan to thrive after fossil fuels?

Starting in 2017, the Low Technology Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has sought to answer that question by identifying household- and community-scale solutions for subsistence in the post-fossil-fuel world.

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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 transition rubric. 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 blog, podcast, and videos 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 technical bulletins, but we are currently looking for submissions and volunteers.

Please read, listen, enjoy, and share.

Workshops are back! Check the events page for a list of our upcoming classes. Sign up soon, as space is usually limited. This summer we’re harvesting wheat and rye, processing and spinning flax into linen, and timber framing and thatching a small building.

We’ve started a new, on-going series where we test out various low-tech ideas for housing, clothing, and feeding ourselves with less reliance on fossil fuels.
Find the data on our Low Tech R & D Wiki.
See all the videos on the YouTube playlist.
Send us a message to suggest a trial.

We spent a year growing our own food, to see what would happen if fossil fuel supplies collapsed. You can read all about it in blog posts or watch a series of videos dramatizing the work on the Foodmageddon playlist.

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. Read more here about breeding Varroa-tolerant bees and self-sustaining beeyards. Subscribe to our blog at the bottom of this page to make sure you never miss a post.

Support Our Research

We offer all our work freely, but it takes resources to put everything together here for you. If you’re in a place to help us out, please consider supporting our research — and thanks!

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We upload new videos about work going on around the institute. Please subscribe to our YouTube cnannel (and tell a friend).