Letter from DPG president, Lee Recca

Dear Denver Permaculture Guild members and friends,

Thank you for sustaining your interest and support for Denver Permaculture Guild as we rebuild our organization. The year 2018 had a slow start, but momentum built and our later Fird Fridays were well attended. I’m excited about all we’ve accomplished and even more excited about the plans in store.

Members and friends of the Guild are its lifeblood. We are a young organization, not even five years old, but have grown quickly as people in Denver and surrounding areas caught the permaculture wave. People in allied areas helped the Guild tune in: there are members active in ecology, social justice, food access and ecology, water conservation, green construction, gardening and workspace co-ops, indigenous studies, and many others. The Guild feels loved and supported and we seek to reciprocate.

The instructors for our classes and workshops enrich our lives with their deep knowledge, passion, and dedication. All of us really want our instructors to feel appreciated and energized. Along with our members, they are our first priority.

Your board members started out in 2018 with Olivia Stockert (treasurer), Libby Kaiser, Ryan Cornwell, and me, Lee Recca (president). Over the year, we said goodbye to Libby and gained board members Deb Neeley, Louis Wertz, Risa Hayes, and Anders Benson. I’m pleased that Cece Burglund and Dr. Violeta Garcia have joined the board in 2019. We have a strong board going forward with focus and dedication. Not enough free time, but by setting priorities, we can make good use of the time we have (as Gandalf advised).

The Denver Permaculture Guild has its roots in permaculture education, primarily in its flagship Permaculture Design Course. The guild was first created to give permaculturalists a way to extend and deepen their immersion into the permaculture way of life. Our second reason for being is symbolized by the “Guild” in our name. A guild is a time-honored self-governing organization of communities of practice who complement and cooperate with each other.

Our third reason for being is to interact with other organizations in the regeneration of a stronger, more inclusive and resilient greater Denver area. We are reaching out to the many communities with similar goals. An example is EKAR Farm on Denver’s east side. This 10-year-old urban farm was created as part of the national Jewish ecological and food justice movement. It is going through a refocusing process and is in need of a permaculture approach and plan. We are also becoming leaders in the exciting field of social permaculture. This spring, we are sponsoring the Regenerate Change workshop with national social permaculture leaders Abrah Dresdale and Jasmine Fuego, and we are offering a class each year. Check out the Denver Permaculture Guild web site for details on these and other events and classes. Thanks to all for the part you do in creating a permacultural Denver!