Saturday, November 21, 2009

Broomfield Permaculture Garden Update

The Broomfield Community Garden, which I mentioned previously here, had a successful season.

Here's a picture of some of the bounty they harvested.

This thread discusses some of the issues they want to address going forward, including how to best use the garden to promote permaculture and community.

The "money quote" for me:
The goal for the garden is to produce a steady stream of produce from early through late - maximize what the gardeners eat fresh and what the gardeners preserve.

Apparently, there is a garden coordinators' potluck on happening on December 3rd (I'd post to the above thread, or contact David Braden if you're interested in attending).

Friday, November 20, 2009

Cornucopia of Local this weekend in Boulder

All kinds of interesting panel discussions at the Cornucopia of Local event (PDF), run by the Boulder Farmer's Market.

Elephant Journal has a review, including a list of panelists, and of particular interest is Barbara Mueser's discussion about "Permaculture at Home."

All this fun is happening at Boulder's first Zero Waste Hotel, the Boulder Outlook, this Saturday.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pizza Farm in Wellington CO

Via Daniel Halsey and Halsey Creative Services, Inc, I found the Pizza Farm in Wellington, Colorado. It's part of Harvest Farm, "a 209-acre farm and rehabilitation center for men", and runs through the summer. Definitely take a look at the pictures.

The pizza farm looks like a pizza! From their site:
The Pizza Farm is a circular garden that is divided into eight pie-shaped "slices" (like a giant pizza) and grows or grazes all the ingredients needed to make a farm fresh pizza! Best of all, visitors are educated and interactive with how the farm grows wheat for the crust, tomatoes for the sauce, dairy cows that give milk to make cheese, pigs for pepperoni, and much more.
What a cool design!

Friday, November 6, 2009

DU putting in Permaculture Gardens

From a blog post, I found this: "Permaculture gardens are being put in around the DU campus as it is a dry environment. This is a long term plan."

He has posted a picture of the garden spot.

No mention of the garden being planted on the official DU website that I could find, but some minutes from spring 2009 showed that it was being discussed.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Photos from a 2008 Design Course

Here's photos from a Boulder, CO, 2008 design course, presented by The Permaculture Project. It's a nice set of photos to give you an idea of some of the activities that take place during a permaculture class.

Looks like the person behind that is Wayne Weismean, a teacher out of Illinois. He also has a nice permaculture blog.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

CU Professor Talks About Limits

Permaculture is, in my mind, truly about acknowledging limits. Limits of energy, limits of ecosystems, and limits of technology. We can use design to increase food production, decrease work and energy, but fundamentally, we're accepting that we need to use less than what the sun provides and work around that.

The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia has a nice post on 'The Mathematics that Contemporary Economics Ignores' which is worth reading.

I'm posting it on this blog because it also features 8 10 minute embedded videos featuring CU Professor Dr. Albert Bartlett on the limits of growth in a finite system. Well worth the watch.