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It's that time again! Time to gear up for the Appropriate Technology Course near Missoula, Montana. It follows right after the PDC for Scientists, Engineers, and Educators.

The Appropriate Technology Course is about getting hands on experience building solutions with safer and more sustainable materials. This course will also experiment with new ideas in appropriate technology.

This year's ATC will take place  Sunday July 1st Through  Saturday July 12th, 2019.

Get experience building amazing structures.Learn about off-grid water systems.Get hands on experience with practical welding and woodworking skills.


ATC Instructor: Chris McClellan

Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

ATC Instructor: James Juczak  

James is an author and lecturer on topics such as self-reliance, true sustainability, building off-grid energy systems and mortgage-free housing. He has had numerous articles published, been a contributing author to several books and is presently working on a much expanded second edition of his book "The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging". He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge". Jim spent much if his career as a high school and middle school shop teacher. He has also worked as a Community Energy Educator in 10 northern New York counties. He also brought skills to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he worked as a civilian contractor with the US Army's 10th Mountain Brigade teaching appropriate technologies to the US and Afghan armies as well as the local civilian population. Jim lives with his wife, Krista, in their round, cordwood and papercrete home on the property where they have established an off-grid intentional community. He is an EMT and an adjunct professor at SUNY Jefferson where he teachs the NABCEP Solar Installers course.

Go to the registration page to buy your ticket now!


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Sweet! Trying to coordinate between time off at work and getting a dog sitter for 2 weeks, and if those line up I'll be sending in the cash and looking at plane tickets! Several items on the planned list are exactly what I'm wanting to learn for my own property, so I'm hoping to make it to these each year now and learn by doing!
 
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just for giggles ....  for the stuff the students vote on, which stuff will you be voting on?
 
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In no particular order:

Rain catchment (planning a wofati/Oehler setup, but will likely have a "shop/garage" or possibly smaller structures like wood shed and storage sheds, that feed into cisterns)

Gray water system (I'm looking at this for year-round use in USDA zone 6, combined with composting toilet, instead of a septic tank)

Earth bermed shelter (is this like a livestock shelter, more like the berm shed, or livable structure? I think all 3 would be good experiences)

Deep well hand pump (I'm all for helping build this, assuming it's for the lab? How deep is deep? My own site has water at 60-80 feet all around so I expect a 125 foot well and having a hand pump backup would be smart)
 
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Hi. Just wondering how much of the time is spent on "this year's projects" as opposed to student choice projects/experiences? I'm only asking because I'm not very interested in the 3 glass-related projects; I'm just barely at the beginning of learning AT skills and right now it's much more valuable for me to learn the skills on the student choice list rather than what seems to be designated as the year's main events. Would I have the ability to not work on the glass ones in favor of more time on other projects?

Thanks for your input.

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