Monday, November 29, 2010
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
At 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Deep Roots and Transition Steamboat team up to host an Intro to Permaculture evening with Steamboat resident Herald Stout, who will discuss permaculture, community-supported agriculture principles and gardening as local economy. Gain a local’s perspective from Stout, whose Steamboat home garden was based on permaculture principles.Full article here.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The entire event was held at the 63rd Street Farm, a working farm that highlights several principles of permaculture--obtain a yield, start small and slow, and accept feedback. (Incidentally, they have a CSA). After an opening ceremony led by Sandy Cruz with song and dance, some people headed off to yoga, and others, including myself, followed Brian on a tour around the grounds.
After that, we had a panel on the theme of the Convergence with Sandy Cruz, Marco Lam and Adam Brock, moderated by Becky Elder. It was impressive to see so many years of permaculture experience in one place, and I was also heartened by Adam's presence (he's in his 20s). Marco talked about his local currency project, Adam talked about Edo Japan and I can't for the life of me remember what Sandy talked about.
After each speaker talked for a while about what they saw as a way to get to a perennial culture, the floor opened for questions and comments, which varied widely. I enjoyed the range, from 'we're working on a permaculture eco-village' to 'while August has abundance, what about February'.
The panel was followed by songs and a potluck luncheon. As always at permaculture events, I ate well--lots of summer squash at this one.
After lunch, there was more networking and discussion. I talked to a fellow who was putting a number of fruit trees in in his property, and had a nice discussion around that. I also ran into a former classmate of mine who had some sage advice about keeping chickens--don't put them where they can see you. Otherwise, they'll clamor whenever they do, and that can cause noise for the neighbors. I also talked to a local winery who was there, and learned a bit about making wine (they make a vintage called 80304, which is from grapes grown in Boulder!).
We then went into a number of breakout sessions. I want to encourage anyone reading this to come to the next one, so I'm going to quote from the program to give you an idea of the vast range of talks today:
Forest Gardens: Take a virtual tour of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI), one of the most mature permaculture sites in the Americas. CRMPI demonstrates year-round solar greenhouses and the abundance of perennial gardens in arid, high altitude terrain. Jerome Osentowski founded CRMPI in the 1980’s, and is sponsoring CRMPI’s 24th Annual Permaculture Design Course next month.
Permaculture Fuel — Overcoming Oil Addiction, Creating Clean Renewable Fuels, and Reversing Global Warming: Learn how to use permaculture principles to produce inexpensive, clean, renewable alcohol fuel that you can run in your car right now. Learn how to synergize growing organic food and producing plant-based fuel to reduce dependence on poisonous petroleum products and raise awareness of the ecological, ethical, and sustainable alcohol fuel alternative. Todd W. Jones teaches mycology, mushroom cultivation, and myco-restoration as part of Permaculture Design Courses along the Colorado Front Range, as well as working to raise awareness of the emerging Alcohol Fuel Revolution.
Joyful Resiliency: Building Your Inner Sustainability: Do you feel like you’re killing yourself trying to save the world? In this session, we will learn how to use the principles and tools of permaculture to build resiliency and inner sustainability into our daily lives. A certified permaculture teacher, Kay Campbell brings her years of experience as an instructional designer and college faculty member to her current teaching practice.
Permaculture in Other Cultures: A brief overview of some of the issues involved in teaching and working on permaculture projects in other cultures. Kelly Simmons is a permaculture teacher who recently returned from a year of teaching in Bali, Indonesia, and is headed to Nicaragua in a few weeks to help bring a permaculture focus to sustainable development projects in the highlands of Jalapa.
Learn to Build & Use Solar Ovens & Cook with Sunlight!: A condensed workshop on the different types of solar ovens, how to build them and how to cook with them. Bring a 3 ft x 4 ft piece of corrugated cardboard to trace an easy-to-build pattern to take home. Permaculture enthusiast Jeff Graef is a certified Presentations: instructor and has over 20 years of experience in renewable energy, energy efficient building, and gardening in both rural and urban environments.
Harvesting the Abundant Edge between Permaculture & Healing Arts: There are many junctures where the healing arts and permaculture inherently “stack functions” and overlap in common purpose. We will explore these connections and work with some tools for connecting with the intelligence, compassion & wisdom in Nature. Leading a homesteading lifestyle in the 70s, working with permaculture in indigenous cultures, as well as 30 years as a bodywork and wellness practitioner in Boulder, have helped prepare Zia Parker for her current passion — developing Willow Way Wellness, a permaculture herb farm/teaching center/healing center.
Permaculture in Palestine: Come hear about the current status of perennial agriculture and perennial culture in the cradle of Western “civilization.” Tiffany Grell just returned from a middle eastern permaculture tour last week.
Boulder Currency: What if we could radically change how we interacted with our community to create a better quality of life, more local jobs, and to steward our local economy and environment in a sustainable way? Thousands of communities around the world are starting their own currencies, creating a flow that connects unused resources with unmet needs. Marco Chung-Shu Lam has been teaching permaculture for 18 years after training with Bill Mollison, and is passionate about creating a sustainable and regenerative economy with a local currency.
Worms: An in-depth could-be permaculturist’s discussion on how we can help worms help us in our actions of purposeful intent, while hopefully stimulating lots of Q&A. John Anderson is a radical 15-year CSU Master Gardener from Larimer County pushing the establishment for more reasoned answers about sustainable horticulture, as well as a practitioner of vermiculture/vermicomposting who answers to Worm Man/Guy/Dude.
Creating Wildlife Habitats: Learn to landscape for local wildlife while creating lovely interactive spaces for people to step into nature - low maintenance, natural areas that pulse with life. Becky Elder of Manitou Springs is co-founder of Pikes Peak Permaculture and enjoys working for the future in her community with High Altitude Permaculture, Sustainable Ways and Transition Town Manitou.
Urban Permaculture: Is urban permaculture a contradiction? Or is it the key to transitioning to a regenerative society? Explore what it means to practice permaculture in the city in this interactive workshop. Adam Brock is a Denver native, urban agtivist, and founder of The Wild Green Yonder, a permaculture education and design group. Kenzie Davison, a Denver-based urban permaculture teacher with the Wild Green Yonder, sits on the initiating committee of Transition Denver.
Reading the Landscape: In this session we’ll practice listening to the land, the foundation of a successful permaculture. Alison Peck is a self-described ‘land nerd,’ and has been reading/listening to the land and practicing permaculture for 30 years. She founded Matrix Gardens, a local landscape design/build company, in 1984 and is a landscape designer.
I attended the "Joyful Resiliency" and "Urban Permaculture" breakout sessions. I quite enjoyed the first talk, where Kay Campbell talked from personal experience about applying some of the permaculture design principles to build your zone 0 resiliency. In particular, if you have weaknesses or strengths, you can design systems to mitigate or accentuate them.
I also enjoyed the second talk, where Adam Brock and Kenzie Davison talked about some of the urban patterns (hierarchy, grids instead of capillaries, monoculture) that are common in our urban landscapes. They both work in Denver and then discussed a large number of efforts that they are pursuing to increase awareness and knowledge of permaculture, as well as to make people's lives better. One that spoke to me was the Denver Fruit Tree map--I just opened up the Boulder Fruit Tree map in response and would appreciate any additions (the Denver icons are way cooler). Another cool idea was the "Utra Ninja Leaf Squad" which approaches households in the fall and rakes leaves for a nominal sum. Then they take the leaves back and have them for compost material. They also talked about the Denver Handmade Homemade Market also. I just covered a third of their efforts; it was quite humbling to learn all they are involved in.
After the two break outs I was pretty cooked, so I headed home and missed the closing ceremony.
My overall thoughts: it was a good time, and I learned a lot. I still feel a disconnect between my life and how I saw people living there, but I also learned some useful tools to shorten that disconnect. Well worth the $10 donation!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Here are the details from Elizabeth, one of the organizers:
CREATING PERENNIAL CULTURE!
• Permaculture Music and Arts
• Speakers and Workshops
• Kids’ Activities
• Farm Tour
• And more!
8:30 a.m. Registration, Farm Tour and Keynote Talk
12:30 p.m. Potluck Lunch and Permaculture Arts
2:30 p.m. Breakout Workshop Sessions and Closing Circle
5:30 p.m. Dancing and Celebration!
Suggested donation $10. Kids under 12 free. Please bring a potluck dish and your own place setting.
Sponsored by High Altitude Permaculture and Friends
For more information, email email@example.com or call 517-974-8883
Here's a map to the farm. I'm going to be there and hope you'll make it too!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The course starts July 16, so if you want to attend this year, you should call the organizers at 970 369 5255 asap.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
So here it is: Permaculture strives to apply the intelligence and long-term self sustained productivity of nature to human systems, creating abundance, zero waste and fundamental sustainability.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
We will cover simple: effective Permaculture soil building techniques, how to hide composting from your landlord and neighbors, indoor and outdoor container planting, sprouts and microgreens, how to plan an efficient low-work garden, creating the suburban food forest, the urban/suburban chicken, the urban worm (vermiculture composting), hands-on planting, and related topics specific to suburban and urban areas.Cost is $45. For more info, see here or here.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
- Biosystems - Animals in the Gardens
- Integrated Pest Management
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
When: Saturday, June 5, 2010 8:30 AM
CSU Extension Office @ the Jeffco Fairgrounds
15200 West Sixth Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
Colorado State University and Natural Resources Conservation Services are offering a Small Acreage Seminar at the Jeffco fairgrounds June 5, 2010 from 8:30 to Noon. Admission is free. Among the subjects being discussed will be Beekeeping, Sustainable Landscapes, Alternative Energy Resources, and Homestead Planning. The location is CSU Extension office located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 West Sixth Avenue, Golden, CO (near intersection of I-70 and W. 6th Avenue). A minimum of 20 people is required to host this workshop. Preregistration is appreciated.
Please RSVP to: Jennifer Cook
303-659-7004 ext.3 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 21, 2010
This is the second of a series that will take place on May 25th from 6-8pm at the Boulder Meadows Community Room. You do not need to have attended the first session to gain benefit from this one! Each session will be different but both will share a common introduction to our core concepts. This session focuses on complimentary currencies. A $10 suggested donation.
The following tells about the introduction to the first Liberation Economics event for Transition Colorado:
We share a common purpose in knowing we have the potential to live in a ecologically beneficial society. We feel the possibility and share the inspiration to create deep sustainability in our ecosystems and to live our lives in balance with both our watershed and community.
While we hold the intention for this more harmonious way of living in our communities to emerge, we become aware that there are several crucial misalignments.
What are these? If we really feel into the needs of our community right now, they become quite obvious. While many of us are inspired to share our gifts and passion around living in sustainable community, there is also a large problem around the financial sustainability that is needed to make the changes we know are needed.
Many of us have also awakened to a broader sense of awareness and see a deeper meaning for our lives. From this place, we want the opportunity to create abundance for ourselves from offering our unique gifts to positively impact the world. Yet for most of us this is still an aspect of our lives that we still feel constrained by, and perhaps even an ongoing pain around. This pain comes from the deep longing to express all of who we are in our lives and through our work to benefit others, but not knowing how. That’s because we can’t do it alone.
The good news is that we are not alone. The intention of Liberation Economics is to invite you into an emerging practice community that collaborates, supports, and even relies on each other to co-create opportunities for all members of the community to make a living through living our purpose.
Whether it is the financing of the Transition Movement or the support needed to pursue right livelihood, working together it becomes possible for us to have both the means and the meaning.
In the Permaculture movement, we have this saying, "The Problem is the Solution" The widespread economic challenges we face are an incredible opportunity to actualize our potential in the Transition Movement. The opportunity to use these challenges to create new economic structures and livelihoods around the abundance in our local community.
We invite you to share in a common inquiry that is taking place in our community where we become catalysts for moving us from the potential of a sustainable economy to its manifestation. We are working on updating the financial permaculture curriculum to meet the needs of our particular community in Boulder and we need your help and feedback to help us match our curriculum to your needs.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
A community garden can be a great way to build community--even people who didn't really want to garden appreciated seeing the veggies grow.
I didn't find a lot of good resources about this particular problem of starting a community garden within the confines of an HOA (though this page is full of information about starting a community garden, and this page is a great example of documenting support for a garden to an HOA), so I decided to post some of my observations.
- Define the type of garden you want--it can either be shared entirely, or divided into plots for each interested resident.
- Gauge the interest of residents as best as you can, but realize you can have a successful garden with just 2-3 gardeners.
- Gain the support of at least 2 owners. Yes, renters do have a voice with the board, but owners have a louder voice.
- Ask the board for permission. As in the link above, make sure you know what you're asking the board for: tool storage, water, money, gardening space, access to the space, etc, etc.
- Aesthetics are key for many board members, so address this up front, and make sure you keep the garden looking neat.
- Siting of the garden is crucial as well. Because of the aesthetics concerns, it's useful to find a place that is out of the way for at least the first year. But also find someplace that you won't ignore or have too hard a time getting access to.
- Put the garden to bed every year with a nice layer of mulch--that leaves it looking clean for the winter.
- Start small--it's better to have a few people interested in a small space that is kept clean and neat than to have an acre that is ignored and unkempt.
- Report back to the board a few times a year. Remember that the garden reflects on them, since they gave permission.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Lakewood is hosting an event to explore the topic of urban agriculture. The event will allow residents and business owners to hear from experts on the topic and to share their comments and ideas as a part of the Lakewood! Zoning Improvement Process. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an open house in the Civic Center South Building and a formal presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Both sessions will be at 480 S. Allison Parkway.
Urban agriculture is gaining momentum in metropolitan areas around the country. While Lakewood allows the keeping of food producing animals in some residential districts, the areas that allow for this type of use are limited. The City is hosting the event to provide education on urban agriculture topics such as keeping chickens for personal egg production and harvesting bees for honey. There will also be an opportunity for Lakewood residents and business owners to voice their views on how to address this emerging topic as the City updates the Zoning Ordinance.
More information here
Via the Greater Denver Urban Homesteading Group
The Salon of Urban Permaculture SoUP) is a new monthly potluck focused on building skills and community around permaculture in the city. Each SoUP gathering showcases a different urban permaculture site, and includes an informal talk, activity or workshop based around that month's theme. People of all levels of familiarity with Permaculture are encouraged to attend.
The first Salon is happening on Saturday, May 15th at 5:30 PM, at the Orbis House on 1818 Gaylord. The theme for the month is "Becoming Native to this Place", and we'll be exploring what it means to be an inhabitant of the South Platte watershed on the Shortgrass Steppe. You're encouraged to bring a dish featuring native or wild-harvested ingredients - although of course every dish is welcome!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Saturday April 17th and Sunday April 18th, 10am-4pm, Boulder, Colorado with Jason Gerhardt and Steve Morgan
Explore the soggy, spongy oasis of rainwater harvesting -- for the home landscape, urban areas and beyond. Water harvesting earthworks, cistern systems, plant ecologies, Colorado legalities, hands-on work, and more. Directly applicable to any landscape, no matter the size. Attend one or both days.
Questions? Jason, 303-258-7982, email@example.com
For all the issues with suburbia, including sprawl, car dependence and resource inefficiencies, the fact is suburbia has some strengths. Here's a video to that effect:
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Incidentally, I've written about meetups before--they're a great resource.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Study your yard for a year, noting sunlight, shade, wind and animals. Then put your garden in full sun and start building soil through sheet composting. "The hallmark of modern gardening is the rototiller, but digging causes weeds so we avoid that."
Much more, including some other styles of gardening, in the full article.
I've had good experience sheet mulching in my gardens, though I typically do the mulching in the fall and let everything compost down over the winter.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
What cohousing expertise might you share with other conference participants? Spirituality? Relocalization? Midwifery? Permaculture? Finance? Social justice? Arts? Reserves studies? Kids in community? Sociocracy? Archival practices? Retrofit cohousing? One-planet living? Aging in community?
More information, including how to present proposals.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Falcon Garden Club Hosts a PermaCulture Seminar
Presented by Becky Elder Certified Permaculture Teacher/Designer Owner of Blue Planet Earthscapes
Permaculture gardening uses techniques & practices combining native plant cultivation, wildlife gardening & edible landscaping into a low maintenance productive ecosystem
DATE: Saturday, March 13, 2010
TIME: 9 am - 3 pm - Check-in 8:30 am Seminar Starts Promptly at 9 am
ADDRESS: Meridian Ranch Recreation Center
10301 Angeles Rd, Falcon, CO (Meridian & Londonderry Dr.)
COST: $20.00 for Members of Falcon Garden Club $25.00 for Non-members
* Space is limited preregistration preferred by March 6
* Continental Breakfast provided Beverages & Snacks
* Bring your own lunch
Contact Lisa Funk for more information 495-0747 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sounds like a great gardening focused introduction.
Friday, February 26, 2010
It looks like they have now been resolved. Via the Boulder Weekly:
The board voted unanimously to give Parker permission to host the full number of class participants she had requested — 20 students for the adult workshops and 12 students for the kids sessions. The commissioners did, however, limit her to no more than 10 cars on her property at a time, in response to concerns about traffic, parking and pollution.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Good Morning Friends of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute,
In the month of February, new life is beginning as we feel a bit of Spring fever, with seeds and bulbs beginning their journey toward the light.
We would like to invite you all up to our home for a full moon-workshop-feast and festival on Saturday the 27th beginning at 10:10am.
Jerome will be teaching a mini workshop on 'Stream of Consciousness Gardening,' as we continue our seasonal rotations in the greenhouse. It will be time for transplanting all different kinds of brassicas, legumes, herbs, and beneficial flowers. He will also be teaching about building soil, and the ways of the worm farmer.
On Saturday we will come together for a community day in the Phoenix greenhouse and a wonderful CRMPI lunch. This afternoon can include 'fire pole' training, from the top of our new sleeping loft in the greenhouse, and an optional archery and knife throwing demo at the in-house archery range.
As we continue into the evening there will be space for yoga, a community sweat in our sauna, and solar showers in the greenhouse. This will be followed with a potluck dinner, popcorn, and a possible movie showing.
As the night falls, we invite you to stay for a full moon hike and cabin camp-in up in the Juniper House cabin. Beautiful stargazing and a warm wood stove insured.
Please feel welcome to be a part of any or all of this extended celebration. Danita, Jerome and I would love your company. Please RSVP to email@example.com, or give us a call here at 970-927-4158. Also, feel free to pass on this invitation to anyone who might like to join us.
Our workshop and course schedule for 2010 is now posted at: http://www.crmpi.org/Home.html, we would greatly appreciate you spreading the word about these opportunities.
Monday, February 15, 2010
July 26 – August 7, 2010
A Two-week Permaculture Design Certificate Course is being offered
In Westcliffe, Colorado.
I am excited to be teaching with a great group of folks in Southern Colorado this summer. I have some new teaching modules around sustainable finance and local economics that I am working on incorporating into the curriculum and I feel this is the time to take a design course if you have not already. Becky Elder, Sandy Cruz and Jerome Ostentowski are all coming down for this course at an off-the-grid site up in the Wet Mountains.
I would love it if you passed the word around to your friends and community about this course!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I just recently stumbled on the Colorado College Sustainability Virtual Tour, which describes more than just their garden, but does have a nice video about it.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Business Permaculture Class with Adam Brock of Wild Green Yonder. Learn about the fundamentals of permaculture, a system of design based on patterns of nature, and see how it can apply to make your business grow.
More details about the open house here.
I received an email from Michelle Soule letting me know that the application had been pulled off the table and was set for a hearing.
From her email:
Willl [sic] WILLOW WAY PERMACULTURE be given permission to continue to teach Permaculture?
This question will be addressed by the Boulder County Commissioner's hearing at the Boulder County Court house at 3 pm on January 28 at the Boulder County Courthouse on Pearl between 13th and 14th.
You can review the application and supporting documents, including the 113 page staff recommendation (PDF) and decide whether you should send a letter of support or appear at the hearing.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
The main force behind the FRPI appears to be Chris Washa, and he's already put on an "Introduction to Permaculture" talk on Dec 12 in Fort Collins. They're now a 501(c)(3) organization....
I emailed Chris to ask him specifics about the FRPI, but he never got back to me.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This is an interesting exercise, but the issue I have with it is that while these are great guiding principles, actual application is harder. Just for instance, he says "Internalize your costs". What does that mean? Does it mean that you should provide a living wage for all employees? Health insurance? Buy carbon offsets? Realize what effect your business has on the greater world?
It's a bit unclear. Still, a good starting point, because permaculture really needs to grow beyond landscape design and teaching--the two careers to which a PC certificate really seems to lead folks.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Permaculture - 1-3 p.m. March 21, presented by Barbara Mueser. Permaculture is an ecological design system that is based on nature's wisdom and interrelationships. We'll discuss creating microclimates, guilds, food forests, water catchment, and chickens and bees in the garden.
More here, including classes on CSAs, seed saving and native plants.
Monday, January 11, 2010
High Altitude Permaculture’s, Sandy Cruz will offer the workshop “Clarity and Opportunity in Turbulent Times.” Changes are afoot! Participants will consider their options and take some first steps toward strategic transformation. Cruz has been gardening at 9,200 feet and experimenting with plants for over 30 years. She founded High Altitude Permaculture in 1992 and holds a Diploma of Permaculture Design from the International Permaculture Institute. Sandy currently teaches Permaculture and consults on site planning and design in the Boulder area.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Type Group: Boulder Meadows Community Room
Organized By: Transition Colorado
FREE EVENT with Sandy Cruz, Barbara Mueser, Jason Gerhardt, Jeff Graef, and Natalie Shrewsbury.
Please join us in considering how we can eat locally at this time of year. Bring your questions!
Meet some of the local permaculture teachers who are sponsoring courses and workshops this year.
More, including RSVP form.