Monthly Archives: November 2013

Intro. to Natural Building & Rocket Mass Heater Workshop, Dec. 14 & 15, 2013

From Regenerative Lifestyles:

Next month we will be offering an awesome and timely hands on Rocket Mass Heater building experience! The Rocket Mass heater utilizes bricks, urbanite, a 55-gallon drum, 4-inch metal piping (up to 30 feet), fire-resistant insulation.  The earthen bench is made of cob, (sand, clay and straw) where the heat is ventilated through and stored. It is clean burning and uses approximately 2/3 cord of wood versus 4 cords of wood 😉
This is appropriate technology, anyone can do it! Too much fracking for natural gas, this heating method is very Earth friendly, simple, efficient and beautiful!
Pass it on…
Erie, CO, at Ruckus Ranch.  Call 808-446-2628 or visit: for details and registration.

Permaculture through the Seasons! 2013 Wrap-up

The 2013 Permaculture through the Seasons! course held its final weekend this past weekend in Boulder.  Students in four design teams presented their design projects for sites around Boulder County, including the Transition site in Boulder, a residence in Niwot, and 63rd St. Farm.  The presentations represented a huge amount of work, including a vision and mission for the site, client interviews, site observations and research (before and after September flooding), base map, zone and sector analyses, needs and yields analyses, patterns, and finally, designs and proposed implementation and budget.  Clients were pleased and excited by the results.  Students demonstrated great ability and comprehension of the permaculture design process, with teams presenting in several formats, including hand drawn maps, 3-D models, digital and printed photography, and accompanying written reports.  Presentations were evaluated by Lynne duGuay, Barbara Mueser, and Sandy Cruz.

Congratulations to all participants on completion of the 2013 course!

Front Range Bioneers Conference, November 8-10, 2013

This weekend, CU Boulder hosts the eleventh annual Front Range Bioneers conference.  A number of permaculturists from the Front Range will be presenting, including Michael Brownlee, Becky Elder, Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Beverly Grant, Ian Sanderson, Kelly Simmons, Jared Urchek, Mike Wird.  In addition, Jerome Osentowski and Stephanie Syson of CRMPI (Basalt) will be speaking.   Join in for a weekend of great programming, covering a wide range of topics from mushroom cultivation to hip hop for food justice.  Gary Nabhan, author of Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty, will be speaking on Saturday night, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

More information can be found here.