A few weeks ago, Scott Johnson, director of the institute, chatted with Gena Kittner with the Wisconsin State Journal. The result was a Sunday feature article that you can read on the WSJ website: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/low-technology-institute-works-to-solve-problems-without-chemicals/article_b80d64dd-e186-58b8-bcfd-daa9c5ae26a1.html Both the cover photo and the above photo are copyrighted material from the Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart, photographer.
In this episode, we deal with Colorado potato beetles, biking to the store, and the begin of raspberry season.
#ResilienceGarden … More Foodmageddon, Episode 18: Bugs, Bikes, and Berries
We are carrying out a multiyear bee-breeding project as part of an effort to reduce the need for mite treatments in honeybee colonies. This short post is specifically directed towards our fellow beekeepers. We hope to 1) give you a summary of the study we’re carrying out and 2) tell you about the precautions we’re … More Bee-Breeding Project: Information for our Fellow Beekeepers
In this episode, we clear brush, plant sweet potatoes, cut and pickle garlic scapes, prune tomato plants, and create homemade fertilizer.
#ResilienceGarden … More Foodmageddon, Episode 17: Homemade Fertilizer
Nitrogen is the biggest bottleneck in post-fossil-fuel food production. Before the advent of the Haber-Bosch process, which compresses atmospheric nitrogen (N2) and hydrogen (H2) into ammonia fertilizer (NH3), nitrogen was harvested everywhere it could be found, from remote islands covered in bird droppings (even leading to a war) to domestic dung heaps. Surprisingly enough, the … More Homemade Plant Fertilizer: Urine + Ashes
We’re starting up the full-scale test of our bee breeding project. You can read a project description here. Lab notes are just that: a record of our work and data. The bees were installed at their Agrecol locations on April 19, 2020. We have five clusters around the periphery of the property. Each cluster got … More Hive Buildup and Splitting — Lab Note 3.01
We live out in the country, in a little village six miles from the nearest town. We also run experiments that need good weather and climate data. When we grew potatoes with market gardeners to study most effective planting methods, we needed precipitation, sun, temperature, and other data for our analysis. We designed and built … More Low Technology Institute Weather Station
In this episode, we work on greenhouse irrigation, solarize beds, plant out beans and squash, process venison, and move the chicks to their forever home.
#ResilienceGarden … More Foodmageddon, Episode 16: Chickens and Canal Building
We’re trying to grow and harvest all of our food this year to simulate the collapse of fossil fuels. As part of that, we’ve purchased a tenth of an acre of organic wheat from a neighbor. In late July, we will harvest it using scythes and sickles. Then it has to get tied into sheaves … More Upcoming Workshop — Hand-Harvesting Wheat, Jul. 25, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $20 (Space is Limited)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 10 Jun 2020 The Low Technology Institute 608-886-9584 email@example.com Bee-Breeding Research against Colony Collapse Disorder Funded by Blooming Prairie Foundation, Hosted by Agrecol A method that has succeeded in breeding mite-tolerant bees in Sweden, Wales, and Africa will be tested in southern Wisconsin; mites are the leading cause of colony collapse … More PRESS RELEASE: Bee-Breeding Research against Colony Collapse Disorder Funded by Blooming Prairie Foundation, Hosted by Agrecol