Permaculturing Denver: A workshop on local food systems by Bob Waldrop

What: Permaculturing Denver: A workshop on local food systems

When: August 8, 7 – 9 PM; August 9, 9 AM – 5 PM

Who: Workshop presenter is Bob Waldrop, of Prairie Rose Permaculture in Oklahoma City

Where: 4541 S Kalamath St., Englewood, CO

For more info: Tanya Faust (303-789-1595, registration), Bob Waldrop (405-200-8155

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What does a sustainable food system for the Denver metropolitan area look like? How can we ensure food security for all into an uncertain future? What contributions can the sustainable design and ethical system of permaculture offer to resolving these issues of justice, ecology, and economics?

Permaculturing Denver — a workshop on local food systems — is designed to answer some of these questions and identify the opportunities and challenges of the Denver metropolitan foodshed.

Workshop participants will gain a basic understanding of permaculture and the role it can play in developing more sustainable local food systems for the densely populated Denver metroplex. They will work through design issues relating to both an ultimate vision of a sustainable urban food system, and consider how we get from the present reality into a better, more resilient future.

The cost of the workshop is $25, and includes lunch on Saturday. Attendance limited to the first 25 people. To register, contact Tanya Faust at or 303-789-1595.

Bob Waldrop is one of the primary founders of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, which was the first food coop in the United States to only sell locally grown food and non-food items. Established in 2003, the organization has distributed $5.8 million in local food and non-food items over the last 10 years via an innovative online ordering system coupled with a volunteer delivery system that operates 52 pickup sites around the state. He holds diplomas in permaculture design (in the fields of education, community service, research, media, and finance). issued by the Permaculture Institute of the United States and received his certificate in Permaculture Design from Elfin Permaculture in Florida.

He is the author of an ebook on urban permaculture (iPermie; How to permaculture your urban lifestyle and adapt to the realities of peak oil, economic irrationality, political criminality, and peak oil). He is the founder of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker community, which works in food security for low income people in the Oklahoma City area, by delivering food to people in need who don’t have transportation, and promoting gardening, urban agriculture, growing food forests, and household energy conservation. He moderates, an email conversation group with 7,000+ participants that has been discussing energy issues since 2001.