Okay, I’ll level with you. My aquaponics system is not really low tech. This is my first foray into growing plants from fish excrement, and so I consider it a proof-of-concept project. In the future, I plan to build a large-scale, wind-powered aquaponics set-up (described in yesterday’s post), but for now, I am depending on … More DIY Project — Aquaponics Pump Filter
We articulated three central tenets of the Low Technology Institute. These are simple concepts but they have profound implications for our everyday lives. Naessi articulated a list of character traits (adapted below) that we hope to cultivate in our society. These are not meant to be rules, but examples of how one might live. The … More Basic Stances — Careful Consumption
Sourdough bread is tangy, chewy, and gone in a day or two in my house. Sourdough was probably the first type of bread ever made, and it is simplicity itself: flour, water, salt, and time. When flour and water are mixed, the protein gluten begins to form chains. Over time those chains get long and … More DIY Project — Sourdough Starter
In my spare time, I work at a local bistro (Grove East Provisions) where I bake bread in a wood-fired oven. This is a short promotional video I made. More posts on bread and brick ovens will follow! Baking Bread at Grove East Provisions from Low Technology Institute.
Don’t worry, I’m not composting my chickens, instead I’ve hired my chickens as sanitation workers. With a few minor modifications of your compost stall and composting habits, you can give your chickens supplemental food as well as speed the decomposition of your inputs to complete compost. The Composter This takes a bit of planning and … More DIY Project — Chicken Composter
Before prohibition, cider was the most popular drink in America. Cider ferments when yeast eats sugar in the apple juice and excretes carbon dioxide and alcohol. Ingredients and Materials 1-gal. glass bottle*/† Airlock and one-hole stopper — either three piece or bubbler* Potassium metabisulfite* (optional sterilizer) Autosiphon* (optional) Four wine (700-ml) or eight pint-sized fliptop … More DIY Project — Apple Cider Fermentation