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1st Annual Denver Permaculture Confluence


Fri, 10/16/2015 (All day)Sun, 10/18/2015 (All day)
Want to help shape the growth of the permaculture movement in our city? Interested in sharpening your skills in plant guilds and invisible structures? How about getting down at a permaculture party?

Save the date for the Denver Permaculture Guild’s first annual Denver Permaculture Confluence – a weekend-long celebration of permaculture’s potential in our city! Among the activities happening over the weekend:

  • An annual members meeting, where we’ll be electing new Board Members and setting DPG’s strategic priorities for 2016.
  • An intro to permaculture workshop for folks interested in learning about permaculture for the first time
  • Workdays, workshops and a bike ride to permaculture demonstration sites
  • The unveiling of the Denver Permaculture Platform, a collaborative vision statement sharing our specific ideas for a more regenerative Denver
  • A fundraiser and dance party to celebrate our community

If you are interested in volunteering please fill out DPG’s  form and if you are interested in sponsoring please email for sponsorship opportunities.

Go to these two websites for more information:

Feast on Reel Food

October 21-25, 2015

The Flatirons Food Film Festival is an annual multi-day feast celebrating exceptional culinary cinema from various nations. The events take place in Boulder, Colorado, a city known as the epicenter of the natural foods industry and focus of the American craft brewing renaissance. The festival (which includes film showings, discussions and food and beverage events) is part of the International Film Series at the University of Colorado at Boulder. All films screen on the CU-Boulder campus.

The third annual Flatirons Food Film Festival will take place Oct. 19-25. Eight film programs will cover many cuisines (sushi, Thai, Jewish deli, etc.), food-related topics (school food reform, soil health, permaculture), and speakers, including fermentation legend Sandor Katz, chef Andy Ricker of the Pok Pok restaurants, and school food reform advocate chef Ann Cooper. The festival will also include film-related events. For schedule information: For tickets:

Food_Film_Fest_2015_postcard-frontPermaculture Highlight!

The Flatirons Food Film Festival spotlight on permaculture (Sunday, Oct. 25) consists of 1:20 and 1:40 pm tours of a Boulder backyard landscaped according to permaculture principles by Marco Lam and, separately, a permaculture documentary, “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective” with a panel discussion after the film. Panelists include Adam Brock, permaculture designer and co-founder of The GrowHaus; Amanda Scott, co-owner of 63rd St. Farm in Boulder; Jason Gerhardt, professional permaculture designer and educator and owner of a design company, Real Earth Design; and Patrick Padden, practicing permaculturalist, consultant, public speaker, and educator. Tour: $5, Film and panel discussion: $8. For tickets:

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The Permaculture Activist NEEDS OUR HELP!

Dear Friends,

After nearly 25 years at the helm of the magazine, I will be turning over management to Senior Editor John Wages on April 1st. Trends in the publishing world have shown that it is time to update the magazine’s outreach and some aspects of its presentation. It is our view that this will best be done with fresh thinking and new management; my personal life is moving in other directions and I am happy that John is willing and prepared to step into the path I have been walking.
We want to launch soon a digital version of the magazine, under the new name Permaculture Design Magazine, for e-subscription to supplement the print edition, which will continue, also under the new title but with our familiar format. With digital subscription we would expect to reach a wider readership with greater flexibility, and would be able to publish some stories and items for which there is presently no room in the quarterly. We have indexed 90 of the 95 issues and will soon complete that project with the 2014 issues added. This gives us good purchase on making the back issue content available digitally to subscribers and others over the Web. And our website, so capably administered by Keith Johnson these past 16 years, needs a major overhaul, better navigation, a clearer user interface, and more capacity. We have a professional designer at work right now and could expand that work if additional funding can be found.
To do these things we need money, more than the magazine generates under its present business model. We are asking for your help to raise $15,000 (or more) via a Kickstarter campaign launching today. It is especially important to the success of the campaign that a good surge of donations comes in the first few days to build momentum and show broad support. Numbers of gifts are as important as dollars. Our potential audience is large and you could help us expand it by spreading this message throughout your networks.
A letter with somewhat more detail is attached if you care to read more about our thinking on this transition. The Kickstarter site carries a video of myself and John addressing the need, and of course, we are happy to answer questions by email.
You may access the campaign page directly using this link:
Please share this request widely, give as much and as often as you can, and help us keep community journalism vital for another 25 years.
Peter Bane