Contributor Brian Kaller, who lives and blogs from his home in Ireland, is looking forward to spring as much as we are. Please enjoy his post. You can read this one, and others at his blog, Restoring Mayberry. Cover photo from author. Today I had a chance to step out in the garden and get … More Garden in Winter — From Contributor Brian Kaller
We’re poised for winter weather to break here in the next few days. Maple sugaring will start and the busy spring season will be here. In the meantime, we’ve been busy here working around the grounds and organizing upcoming workshops. Limited Projects We’ll be building a timber-frame chicken coop in the rear of the … More Last (Two) Week(s) at the Institute — Feb. 4–17, 2018
We’ve posted a new video showing the baking of two sourdough loaves: one multigrain and the other potato. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Recipes Multigrain Sourdough 12 oz. white/clear flour 8 oz. wheat flour 8 oz. oats 1 T salt 8 oz. water (plus enough to bind the dough) 4 oz. sourdough starter Mix … More New Video — Baking Bread (No. 9)
We’re starting to prepare for this growing season. Last year we published a calculator to help determine how many plants to grow and how much space they’d need. We also published a week-by-week calendar of starting, planting, and harvesting for US Hardiness Zone 5a. This last week I sat down and organized my seeds, throwing … More Gardening — 2018 Plants
It’s that time of year: freezing nights and warmer days. This is when the maple sap starts to flow and a young person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of syrup. Come join us for a maple syruping workshop on March 3 in Cooksville, Wisconsin. We’ll be tapping the maple trees on the commons of this … More Workshop: Maple Sugaring, Mar. 3, $30/20/10
Low Tech Podcast, No. 34 – 9 Feb 2018
The concept of “Energy Slaves” and our future.
Music from Visager, “Airship,” off the album Songs From an Unmade World (CC-BY-NC-SA).
“Thomas Jefferson and I,” in Solutions, by Jean-François Mouhot.
“World Energy” Cover in Fortune, by R. Buckminster Fuller
“Energy Slaves” by Stuart McMillan.
“How Much of a Slave Master am I?” by Jean-Marc Jancovici
“Energy Slaves” by Energy Skeptic
The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude by Andrew Nikiforuk
“Energy Slaves” by Extraenvironmentalist Podcast
Devil’s Bargain – Grist
What your trash reveals about your spending habits – TreeHugger
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The Low Technology Institute is located in the historic village of Cooksville, Wisconsin. Our village was recently the topic of the Wisconsin Life radio series on our local NPR station. You can read the article, by Norman Gilliland, on the website, or click the link below to hear the produced audio segment. https://wpr-podcast.streamguys1.com/wlf/wlf180207_Cooksville_Glliland.mp3 The Low-Tech … More The Village of Cooksville: “A Little Slice of New England” — Wisconsin Life
Matt Miles is a writer, poet, maker, permaculturist, and ambivalent web developer. His writings have appeared both in print and on the weekly blog of The Dark Mountain Project. Among other topics, Matt is interested in the breakdown of complex societies and their relationships with technology. He currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of … More Slaughter Day: Part 2, Eviscerating and Splitting Pigs — From Contributor Matt Miles
Stone tools have been made by humans and their ancestors for over 2 million years. It is the oldest technology we know of, probably because all the other early tools were made of organic material, which decomposed. You can learn these skills first-hand at our upcoming workshop on Feb. 24. In this afternoon class, we’ll … More Workshop: Flintknapping, Feb. 24, $30/20