About DPG

What is the DPG?

The Denver Permaculture Guild is a membership-based nonprofit with the aim of building a more just, resilient and ecologically-robust Denver, with a focus on the following four goals:

Authentic communities are ones that need each other to thrive, and the DPG aims to foster the development of these mutually interdependent, hyper-local communities through networking events, online forums, and workdays.

Communities need critical knowledge and expertise to relocalize. The DPG currently provides basic and advanced training around a host of sustainability-related subjects through its own workshops and courses, as well as those offered by partner members.

In a regenerative city, the economy works for everyone. To that end, we will be nurturing the development of permaculture-based businesses and cooperatives, from edible landscaping to holistic childcare, that generate meaningful livelihoods for Denver residents of all backgrounds. This support will include technical assistance, business planning, and access to our network of sustainability-minded residents.

Part of the transition towards a regenerative city requires raising awareness and initiating political change. As our membership base grows, we will mobilize that base to help make regenerative thinking mainstream.

As a membership-based organization, we believe in the power of community-supported social change. Our goal is to derive most of our income from membership fees and course tuition, with the rest coming from grants and donations.

Who is the DPG?

The Membership

The DPG is made up of more than 150 members from across the Front Range of Colorado. The organization relies on the members to help run events, teach workshops, and to define and hold the vision of Permaculture for this community.

The Board of Directors

Our board of directors is elected by and from the membership and uses a consensus based decision making strategy. Their role is to develop strategies and relationships that serve the greater vision of the membership.

Lee Recca is president of the Denver Permaculture Guild. She lives and gardens in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and travels to mountainous places throughout the world researching her writings and books. She obtained certificates in Basic and Advanced Permaculture Design and is the principal in a newly formed company called Urban Reclamation, involved in environmental reclamation, food and water sourcing and quality, food safety, wilderness preservation and family.

Olivia Stockert originally hails from Georgia, where a childhood spent playing in the creek, pressing flowers and creating elaborate homes for bugs eventually blossomed into a passion for permaculture. As an adult, she studied Landscape Architecture and has recently completed the Denver Permaculture Design Course. When not puttering around in her garden or caring for her flock of quail, she works as a project manager at the Denver Zoo.

Debra Neeley is so passionate about taking control of her own food that she left her corporate job at The Denver Post to do what she loves; growing food organically, raising chickens and caring for honeybees and all pollinators. She converted her residential lot into a food growing utopia, setting an example of a food forest and farm in the city. She also allows as much space as possible to planting for the pollinators and is dedicated to raising awareness about the threats that face them. She holds beginning and advanced permaculture design certificates.

Dr. Violeta Garcia is a native of El Salvador and currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her two children and partner. She loves to travel and her current passion project is designing an outdoor learning lab for community use in her one-acre backyard.Dr. Violeta García’s mission is to advocate for the advancement of students who have historically been marginalized and re-engage them through experiential educational opportunities. She has built a reputation in Colorado for designing experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Cece Berglund grew up in Golden, climbing  trees, running up the Mesa, riding horses, and gardening with her dad. She graduated from Wheat Ridge High School, and CSU. She is a single mom of two teenage boys who are also attending WRHS. She lives in Arvada with her four dogs, a potbelly pig, cats, turkeys, and chickens. She got her certification in Permaculture when she was living in Houston.  For her final exam to get her certification, her project was resolving water issues in her front yard and converting the lawn to a food producing lot while still fitting in with the style of the neighborhood.

The current board of directors for 2019

Ryan Cornwell, Olivia Stockert, Cece Berglund, Risa Hayes, Deb Neeley, Louis Wertz & Lee Recca