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Low Technology Institute
Housing, Clothing, and Feeding Ourselves in a World After Fossil Fuels
We study and adapt pre- and nonindustrial construction techniques for sustainable buildings today and in the future.
Forget about today’s unsustainable clothing industry and learn to create clothing (and other personal items) locally and from scratch.
Without local, sustainable food, the future is bleak. We spend most of our time researching new and old ways to feed ourselves.
We carry out larger-scale research projects including solar hot water, beekeeping, and composting.
We carry out trials and experiments in our Low Tech R & D series.
We grew all our own food for a year — we called it Foodmageddon.
We’re a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We’re always looking for volunteers, donations, and underwriting partners.
We offer classes and events that highlight our research and focus on skills needed in a locally resourced future.
In this two-part workshop, participants will learn to clean, card, and spin wool from a raw fleece, suitable for crochet, knitting, or weaving. We will use fleeces sourced from the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Fleece Show for this class, which will be processed from raw wool into roving by washing and carding in Class … More Learn to Spin: Fleece to Yarn — Upcoming Workshop, Oct. 17, 24 | $75/class or $130/both
Just down the road from the institute is the Danky-Schelshorn Prairie. Until 2003, this land was under agricultural cultivation, but Jim and Christine decided to turn it back into a prairie habitat. The Danky-Schelshorn Prairie was established when Christine took a workshop at the UW Arboretum. Through their friendship with Steve Glass, they accelerated the … More Upcoming Workshop — Gathering Prairie Seeds, Oct. 16, 1–3 p.m., Free (Space is Limited)
UPDATE: The Permaculture Convergence has been cancelled for 2021. Check back next year. It is fall and that means it is time for the Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence, a weekend of classes and socializing with folks from across the Midwest — September 24–26. We’ll be there to facilitate a workshop on thatching and also to attend … More CANCELLED: Join us at the Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence this September — Sign Up Now!
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