Aprovecho Research Center is a center for all sorts of sustainable activities in their own backyard
and across the globe. It is located on the western edge of the Willamette watershed in Oregon. (near Eugene) The 40-acre piece
of land is home to ethical agriculture--providing nutrition for the community. It is home to sustainable forestry management--providing
firewood, building materials, medicinals, mushrooms, habitat, and an economically viable path towards an old-growth forest.
Aprovecho is the home of the development
of various appropriate technologies including solar showers, insulated cookers, solar cooking, draft box, and much more...
ASAT--Advanced Studies in Appropriate Technology--is a part of
Aprovecho. ASAT works to test and to
design wood-burning cookstoves with local materials. These fuel-efficient cleaner burning stoves are used at Aprovecho and 100,000s of them have been built in the
resource robbed countries of the global south. Resource conservation and improving air quality for women and children globally
balance with developing autonomous networks of Permacultural spaces in rural America makes Aprovecho
a unique place.
Additionally, Aprovecho has 3 ten-week internships (spring, summer, and fall) to educate about sustainable living
and be a part of Aprovecho's work. Many
colleges give academic credit for this internship. Chris and Josh host a weekly radio show "Rhythms and Resistance" on KSOW
106.7 (Aprovecho's community radio station
that reaches the town of Cottage Grove, Oregon). The presentation / discussion will elaborate on Aprovecho, give details about appropriate technologies that are useful to
you, and try to learn how their work is related to your work, your experience, and your life.