We have been derelict in our blog, video, and podcast posting. It has been a busy July, but we are back to sharing our work now, and you can expect to see regular posts and videos coming out now into the fall. Here is a brief recap of what we have been up to in … More Back to Work! Where Have We Been?
Scott and Paul Z. will be on the Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio at 11 a.m. today talking about our bee research. You can listen over the air in the Madison area on the Ideas Network (90.9 FM) or from anywhere online right here.
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