Beyond Sustainability, Into Abundance: The Colorado Permaculture Convergence 2015
By Mia Carrasco-Songer, Garden Manager
Permaculture is for everyone. That's what I left the Colorado Permaculture Convergence with over the Memorial Day weekend.
As we experience this changing climate, shortage of water, excess of waste, and degradation of our beautiful land and wonderful communities permaculture provides a guiding path to action.
Permaculture is the philosophy of working with the natural cycles and systems to create an abundance for all. At the 2015 Colorado Permaculture Convergence, hosted by the Permaculture Provision Project in Cortez, CO, we got to celebrate the people and projects working on permaculture in the Southwest and learn from the skilled, experience speakers.
Grant Curry, one of our hosts, inspired us to think beyond sustainability, which he described as having your nose just above water. Closing speaker, Joel Glanzberg, reminded us that we may feel the urge to jump all in and become a permaculturist with our own off-the-grid homestead complete with water catchment system, food forest, and a composting toilet but we need everybody (doctors, teachers, lawyers, homemaker, restaurant owners...everyone!) to think like nature.
How do YOU think like nature in your home, work, or play?
Here are some of the lessons I learned at the Permaculture Convergence:
1. Practice alchemy: Turn something with no "value" into something with value.
2. Work together: We are stronger and more efficient with diversity and cooperation
3. Appreciate everything for its role: Everything has a purpose and a value, we just have to learn to look at the whole picture.
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