Building a Technologically Enhanced 19th Century Campus

The process of building a technologically enhanced 19th century campus is not an easy task. The first thing you have to do is figure out the differences between the 21st century and 19th century, then stop most 20th and 21st century practices and learn how to and beginning using 19th century practices.

For example, the greatest impact on life during the 20th and now 21st centuries is without a doubt, the advent of widespread use of electricity. So while we do generate our own electricity for minimal campus use, we are learning how to preserve and store food without electricity.

Here is a partial list of things we are learning and implementing on campus:

  • Full breeding and harvesting cycle of animals
  • Growing food year round without the use of any heat except solar
  • Creating and amending the soil with campus-produced biochar
  • Curing meat with only salt (no refrigeration)
  • Erecting buildings with ancient, technology-enhanced methods using only manually operated machines
  • Learning to forage and identify wild edibles
  • Learning to use firearms and hunt
  • Gravity flow water systems
  • Using and managing composting toilets
  • Grey water and constructed wetlands use
  • Developing food forests

This list could go on, but you get the idea. We will be in the discovery and implementation phase for at least the next 5 years.