The Appropriate Technology course takes the permaculture principles to the next level by applying some crafty science and engineering to basic life essentials like hot water and water catchment. With this course, you'll cover a wide range of topics and get real life experience building the systems you'll need to live comfortably and sustainably.
This year's instructor is Chris 'Uncle Mud' McClellan.
Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) was one of the innovators at last years Rocket Mass HeaterWorkshop Jamboree.. Uncle Mud raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. In his spare time he tinkers with, teaches, and publish books about cob building and Rocket Heaters.
To give you ideas of the things we do at an ATC, here is a sample trailer.
We are still arguing about exactly what projects we should do for the ATC. This is where you can chip in with your ideas!
We need your help!
Please let us know what you are most passionate about learning, and we'll use that to inform our course outline.
I'm interested in all things rockety; heaters, ovens, etc. I'd really like to make one, learn to weld, talk about shippable cores. Water systems would be my next biggest interest; catchment, ponds/dams, greywater. Natural building including heating and cooling would be after that. A talk about dealing with government bureaucracy, zoning, codes, permits and the like would be nice.
We have a "Cottage Rocket" design that has the benefit of being able to build it somewhere convenient (like an ATC) and taking it home. We are also planning on building a "skiddable" natural cottage for Wheaton labs. Zoning and code issues is usually a "story time" conversation/lecture at my workshops because while it isn't "hands on" like most of the workshop it is still important to know what you are dealing with. We think "shop skills" are an important part of the ATC so we are looking for projects that 1) give opportunity for instruction and practice with tools you might not normally get to work with and 2) create an artifact that long after we leave is something Paul can use to demonstrate permaculture principles. It would be a little easy to leave Paul with dozens of half useful rocket heater cores in the process of teaching welding and rocket heater principles so instead we are trying hard to come up with good useful unique projects.
If I'd had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. -T.S. Eliot such a short, tiny ad:
It's like binging on 7 seasons of your favorite netflix permaculture show