Monthly Archives: August 2013

Joel Salatin and Larry Korn to speak at Sustainable Living Fair in Fort Collins

The Sustainable Living Association of Bellvue, CO is hosting the 14th annual Sustainable Living Fair on September 14-15, 2013, in Fort Collins at Legacy Park.  Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farms, and Larry Korn, Author & Educator.  Joel Salatin is passionate supporter of small farms and local food systems, and has authored several books on farming with economic success.  Joel speaks at 2pm on Sunday.

Larry Korn is an educator and author with contributions in the fields of permaculture and local food production.  Korn was a student of Masanobu Fukuoka, Japanese farmer and philosopher who authored The One-Straw Revolution and Sowing Seeds in the Desert.  Korn helped translate and edit the English language translation of both books.  Larry speaks at 12pm on Saturday.

For more information on the Fair, visit

Annual Tour de Coops in Boulder, Sunday, August 25th

The Savvy Hen Urban Farm & Feed has organized the annual Tour de Coops for Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 2-5pm.  Join in for a tour of fellow Boulder residents’ urban chicken coops, beehives, gardens and goats.  This is a fun tour with lots of opportunities for learning!

Pick up a tour map at The Savvy Hen, 1908 Pearl St., Boulder, prior to the start of the tour.  There will be festivities following at the store.  For more information, visit the calendar on the Events page at The Savvy Hen.

Permaculture Films at Trident in Boulder, Friday, August 23rd

Regenerative Lifestyles and Alchemical Experiments present: Permaculture Shorts on Solutions: a few short films on solutions, with group discussion.  Friday, August 23, 2013, 7-10pm, at Trident Booksellers, 940 Pearl St., Boulder, CO (on the back patio).  Music by Mike Wird.  Donation $5.

permaculture shorts

Register Now for the Colorado Permaculture Convergence!

Register now for this year’s Convergence taking place September 28-29, 2013, at Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) in Basalt and Sustainable Settings in Carbondale.  The keynote speaker is Brook LeVan of Sustainable Settings.  Cost is $20 per day, $35 for the weekend.  $30 per day for camping.

Registration and more information on the event can be found at



Boulder Green Streets hosts Ciclovia, September 22, 2013

On September 22, from 10am to 4pm, Boulder Green Streets hosts the fourth annual Ciclovia.  Roadways within the city will be closed to car traffic and open to cyclists and walkers for a day of fun and play.  There will be a number of free events for participants along the route.

From “Challenging the assumption that major streets exist only for cars is a powerful stance. As people rethink the use of public spaces, new ideas begin to emerge, which is probably why a number of U.S. cities have adopted the Ciclovìa concept.”

Interested?  Learn more at

Denver Permaculture Design Course open for registration

Denver Permaculture Design Course Registration is still open.  Classes are a one weekend a month format, starting in October, 2013 and continuing through March, 2013.  The course covers the standard 72-hour curriculum, plus more.  Instructors include Adam Brock, co-founder and Director of Operations at The GrowHaus, and Jason Gerhardt, founder of Real Earth Design.  Adam, the lead instructor, was recently featured at the TEDxMileHigh Conference in Denver.

For more information about the Denver PDC:

The GrowHaus opens market August 10, 2013

From The GrowHaus: “The market will be available to provide fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis to our community members here in Elyria-Swansea. This is a step forward in our overall mission to fixing a broken food system.

There will be a block party in the community to celebrate and mark the opening. We’re all looking forward to the delicious food, live music and good times!”


Colorado Permaculture Convergence, September 28-29, 2013

From the Colorado Permaculture Guild:

“We are thrilled to announce that the 2013 Colorado Permaculture Convergence will be at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) in Basalt, CO. We will be touring local sites including CRMPI and Sustainable Settings, hearing from an amazing panel of speakers and getting tons of time to unwind, camp and network with permaculturists from all over Colorado. This is going to be an outstanding weekend so please save the date. We will begin pre-registration very shortly and will have more information available as we make plans. Thanks for everyone’s undying support of this incredible annual event! It’s truly one of the highlights of the year.

For those who haven’t seen CRMPI and climate batteries in action, this is your chance to learn from the source. I was just up there, and there are bananas, papayas, peppers and a host of other tropicals that have been producing all winter. It’s quite the experience. Thanks to Jerome and Stephanie and all the interns for taking this on, we can’t wait!!”

Advanced PDC and Permaculture Teacher Training Wrap-up

Peter Bane, Sandy Cruz, and Becky Elder have just wrapped up two weeks of permaculture instruction at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, Moffat, CO.  The Advanced Permaculture Design Course took place July 21-26, 2013, including 29 participants from CO, AZ, NM, MO, MI, FL, and Santiago, Chile.  Design projects included clients from around Colorado, including Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa; Orient Land Trust; Colorado Permaculture Guild; and the Upper Arkansas River Valley/National Resources Conservation Service.  The course was an intensive format, where students had five days for site visits, selecting design teams, presenting initial observations, and presenting the final designs to the instructors, class and clients.  Use of problem and solution statements, vision, and pattern language were emphasized in the design process.  The design presentations were excellent, with at least one client planning to move forward with elements of the project team’s design.

The intensive format kept students busy, but still allowed time for bonding in the hot springs pools.  Participant Marta says the class was an “Incredible and powerful input of energy and inspiration, with many tools and strategies to confront our current problems.  I’m always pleasantly surprised to meet with such amazing people, and have the opportunity to collect our formidable creativity and feel our Transcendence as Human Beings.”

The Permaculture Teacher Training Course took place July 28-August 2, 2013.  The class was a multi-generational mix, including seasoned teachers and those getting ready to dive in.  There was a group of 17 participants, from CO, NH, NM, IN, AR, FL, NC, WA, Chile, and a class assistant from Turin, Italy.  The class included both lecture and exercises to develop course schedules, curriculum, and content.  Students were asked to present for 20 minutes on a permaculture topic they wanted to know more about, using teaching methodologies learned over the course of the week.  The presentations were wide-ranging and informative, allowing participants to learn more about the chosen topic and the personalities of their fellow students.  Despite a few staying up late to complete their research and presentations, everyone left feeling energetic about bringing the permaculture message to a wider audience, and their newly expanded network of permaculture teachers from across the nation.  Participant Mike reflects, “This was a truly transformative space shared amongst passionate, caring individuals.  Indeed the whole is greater than sum of its parts!”

Thank you Peter, Sandy, and Becky!


About the instructors:

Peter Bane is a permaculture teacher and site designer who has published and edited the Permaculture Activist Magazine for over 20 years. He helped create Earthhaven Ecovillage in North Carolina and is now pioneering suburban farming in Bloomington, Indiana. A teacher for Indiana University, Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute and other academic and private institutions, Peter serves on the board of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) and holds a Diploma of Permaculture Design. He recently published the Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country.

Sandy Cruz, of Salida, CO, holds a Diploma of Permaculture Design from the International Permaculture Institute and founded High Altitude Permaculture in 1992.  In addition to piloting a locally-oriented 8-month permaculture design course — now in its seventh year — Sandy has taught permaculture for Naropa University, Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Sunrise Farm, Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Boulder Bioneers, Transition Colorado, Pikes Peak Permaculture. and various other groups. Widely published and interviewed, she consults on site planning and design, and has trained nearly sixty new Permaculture Teachers from around the country. Sandy recently joined the board of directors for the newly forming Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA).

Becky Elder was raised in the tall grass prairie of Eastern Kansas and has been gardening along the Front Range of Colorado for 35 years. She has taught permaculture for the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, High Altitude Permaculture and Pikes Peak Permaculture. Becky is actively involved with the Transition Town movement in Manitou Springs, is the Co-founder and Director of Pikes Peak Permaculture, and the creator of Blue Planet Earthscapes, an award winning garden design and installation company. A former wildlife rehabilitator, her home gardens are Certified Wildlife Habitat, appearing in the Audubon Society’s Colorado Wildscapes. The author of Raven in the Garden, a Front Range Gardener’s Journal, Becky also trains and mentors new permaculture teachers.