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The Missoula Urban Demonstration (MUD) Project is a tool library, demonstration site, and skill-sharing hub rolled into one. Since 1981, MUD has worked toward the vision of a world in which tools and skills are shared for the betterment of our community and planet.

MUD would like to acknowledge, recognize, and offer respect to Indigenous people and specifically to those whose land we occupy. We live, work, and recreate on the unceded territory of the Séliš, Ksanka, Ql̓ispé, Niitsitapi, and Tukkutikka.



The seeds of MUD were planted in 1981 by the Down Home Project, a group passionate about urban sustainability. The project was based out of two northside homes where sustainable practices were woven into the fabric of daily life. The public was invited to learn how to integrate these practices into their own lives through workshops, site tours, and regular community gatherings. As its focus expanded to include tool sharing, the Down Home Project evolved into MUD.

MUD officially sprouted as an offshoot of the Down Home Project in 1989, and continued to operate out of the northside homes for two decades. By 2011, the tool library had become a staple of the organization, and MUD relocated to an empty lot on Wyoming St. There, MUD created more expansive tool storage space and continues to build upon the sustainability projects that have been fundamental to the organization since the very beginning.

MUD empowers people to build a more sustainable community. Here's how.

Tool Library
We have a lot of tools. 2,700 and counting, in fact. With an annual MUD membership, you have access to them all so you can tackle that next project without the need to consume more stuff.

 
Workshops
Become an amateur blacksmith. Create the urban garden of your dreams. Build your own furniture. Our sustainability oriented workshops will leave you inspired and empowered.

 
Demonstration
The MUD site demonstrates several earth-friendly projects that you can replicate at home. Swing by MUD to learn more or check out our online resource library.



Paul Wheaton and MUD go 'way back:

My lawn care article started off as a how to I wrote for the MUD Project back in 1994 or so.  When the web came along I pushed it out to the web.  Since there wasn't much stuff on the web back then, it got a lot of traffic. 



All of their stuff is at https://mudproject.org/

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We have learned a lot from MUD & the tool library is such a wonderful idea!
 
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I just heard that nobody is allowed to work at mud for more than a year.  That seems odd. 

Can anybody confirm that?
 
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I took a great workshop at MUD at the beginning of the season on starting a garden. One thing we touched on that I was a little confused about was exactly what the "lasagna" method of creating a bed entails. I know you use cardboard and compost and layer them directly over the weeds and soil. Do you plant above the cardboard? How long must you wait for it to deteriorate? If someone could explain in a bit more detail I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
 
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Effective September 2010, MUD's sustainable living newsletter Backyard Culture, will be published as a monthly e-newsletter.  Replacing the MUD monthly email updates will be a newsletter full of info about MUD (as usual), along with expanded sections regarding featured tools, sustainable living tips, recipes, and more!

Contact MUD to subscribe! To view this month's newsletters, go here: http://api.ning.com/files/ZriXcBLqIx9L1nVwYylJEFaLGSJcCDCc3TWe69EPqNUlJXCnhrT4jYrXOXspWeYGLPK3qw-lK71LZjOErp1ocwymJkuEosLI/MUDSeptember2010newsletter.pdf.
Feel free to share with folks who might like to know more about MUD, or just how to make fantastic tarragon chicken salad (see recipe in Sept. newsletter)! 
 
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This topic is covered a bit in podcast 017

This podcast covers a LOT of different topics!

As mentioned at the beginning of the podcast: email signup.

We start off reviewing the movie "Food Matters".  The premise is that many diseases can be resolved by food choices.  And this has been discussed several times at the forums.  A good start is my thread on eliminating medication with polyculture; and the thread about beating  cancer

We talk about raw food; local food; the missoula urban demonstration project; composting toilets; outhouse; urine diversion; women peeing outdoors; hugelkultur; rain barrels; greywater; commercial compost; art ludwig; pee powered cars; jean pain technique; poop beasts.
 
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I think it's great that they have a truck up for use when people need it.
 
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With the new bike path going in Missoula, MT by MUD. if your tires need love they have you covered. Check it out!!!





 
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MUD has a Tool Library!

Both MUD members and non-members can browse the online tool inventory by going here.

They have tools for all sorts of things from gardening and other yardwork around your place, to automotive, plumbing and carpentry!

Please remember that tools can only be checked out and returned during Tool Library hours.

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MUD has a section for events. Please go here to learn about things like the llama poo sale.

At the bottom of that page you can sign up for their newsletter and stay 'in the know.'
 
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