Our friends over at the Madison Area Permaculture Guild are offering a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course, starting in June. If you read our blog and haven’t heard of permaculture, you should definitely have a look at this wide-ranging discipline that integrates agriculture, land management, animal husbandry, and other allied fields with an eye to … More Interested in Landscaping, Food Systems, and Land Management that Mimics Natural Systems? — Sign up for a Permaculture Design Certificate Course from Madison Area Permaculture Guild
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. 18, 1–4 p.m., Free (Space is Limited)
This is part of an ongoing series of #LowTechResilience to COVID-19. We’re concerned enough about the pandemic and economic effects to encourage you, and anyone who will listen, to start thinking ahead — months ahead. We’re pushing people to plant #ResilienceGardens (see our posts here). We want to help out while maintaining social distance. Maybe … More Low-Tech COVID 19: Borrow Gardening Tools from Us for Free
Now is the time to start gardening, not just the time, but the perfect time.
By the time the grasshoppers begin to worry about the stability of the food system, ants will have to have been storing food all summer. Don’t be a grasshopper. #BeAnAnt … More Low-Tech COVID-19: Gather Gardening Supplies Now
The third episode of our webseries, Foodmageddon, is out this morning. Have a watch. Comment, share, and let others know about the project. In this episode, we tour the village of Cooksville, Wisconsin, founded in the 1840s. It has lots of infrastructure that was here before (and will still be here after) fossil fuels and … More Foodmageddon, Episode 3: Village Tour
Most English speakers know the terms kibbutz (Israeli communal agricultural communities) and commune (now called intentional communities) as groups of people living together and sharing their property, work, land, and buildings to greater or lessor extents. One reason that I think these communities didn’t catch on in the US is the strong ethos of individual … More Moshav: A Cooperative Agricultural Community
This article on the Restoring Mayberry blog, by regular contributor Brian Kaller. If you ever wanted to see what the world might look like after the Tribulation, you could do worse than visit the Burren land on the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Most of my adopted country still looks as lush and green as in … More A Different Kind of Childhood — Contribution from Brian Kaller
This is a repost from Hawthorn’s site, the Hedgerow. Hawthorn is teaching two classes at this year’s Sustainability Skill Share, as you’ll read below. You can hear Hawthorn talk about this course on an upcoming podcast episode. Register Now! The lovely Low Technology Institute in Cooksville, WI, is hosting a sustainability- and permaculture-focused weekend of … More Skill Share Workshops: Backyard Permaculture and Creating Sacred Space
It is springtime and I see gardens being put in around the village. Did you go out to your garden shed and find that a tool you need broke? Are you looking for a quicker way to plant even rows of seeds? Do you want to try a new tool before buying it? Check out … More Borrow Garden Tools from the Tool Library
Friend of the institute, Lynn L., recently donated two decades–worth of Small Farmer’s Journal to our lending library. Thanks to Lynn for her generosity and thanks also for reminding me to promote these community resources! Resource Library Our resource library can be accessed from any page on our website by going to the “Libraries” in … More Visit our Libraries, Both Tool and Book Varieties!