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LIVING SYSTEMS INSTITUTE
Integrated Closed Loop Production Systems
There is no need to go "off grid" to live in a more sustainable way. Using the resources you already possess, you can begin to build the capacity to live in a sustainable way by employing integrated closed loop production systems to provide for your basic needs.
In a closed loop production system, all inputs are produced as a part of the production cycle, reducing costs to zero. In an integrated production system, all of the byproducts of each process are used as feed stock in other processes, reducing waste to zero. That is the essence of sustainable.
At the Living Systems Institute we study, design, build, and test production systems with reduced cost because we produce inputs as a part of the process, and with reduced waste as a function of integrating processes. Learning how to deploy these systems in your neighborhood is how we will build the kind of world in which you want to live . . . a world where every one has the food, clothing, shelter, education and health care they need to thrive . . . without government telling you what to do and without limiting your opportunities in life. Owning these systems will enhance your flexibility when you compete in the market.
We understand your skepticism. Come take a tour and let us show you. You will want to learn how you can get involved, then
Check out the annual events listed below. Start a Bee Safe Neighborhood program to meet your neighbors and give you an opportunity to talk about all the different things you can do. Get the funding to build food cells of your own. Get the training you need to run the food cell and your gardens efficiently. Learn to use the production to leverage community involvement.
BEGIN A SUSTAINABLE WAY OF LIFE NOW.
In March 2011 we began holding events at the Institute (then known as the Applewood Permaculture Institute). The first event was to build an experimental sheet mulch 1/3 hay, 1/3 wood chips and 1/3 Hugelkultur. The picture shows that garden on the 4th of August, 2011. Other events included cool season planting, living with deer, drip system basics, warm season planting, and accepting the gift of mulch.
Look for up coming events in our calendar and as announced through the Transition Colorado social network.
We have formed the Living Systems gardening team. We believe that a gardening team in each neighborhood, gardening the former lawns of the neighbors, to produce food for the members of the team, is a way to move toward an understanding of Community Sufficiency Technologies that will allow humans to occupy this planet indefinitely. You can follow our work by joining Transition Colorado and the group Front Range Gardeners where we are posting the LSI Chronicles (see also the API Chronicles).
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(We are currently developing our program schedule - Check the Calendar of Events and watch for Annoucements through Transition Colorado and other media - or, contact us about programs you would like to see)
SPEAKERS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
- The Living Systems Institute facilities are available for qualified people to present programs consistent with our mission. If you are interested in making a presentation, contact David Braden
a series of skill development events appropriate to each season - $25.00 per event, except that the events are free for Team Leaders and Team Learners.
Or, join the LSI gardening team - Participate with team members and a share in what we produce – this is the gardening team for Applewood and gardening will not be limited to the LSI grounds. David Braden leads this team.
- Available Courses (See Event Calendar):
a course for those wanting to learn how to build a garden maintenance business using deep mulch tecniques. The course will be scheduled on request. It is a two day intensive with hands on experience. Price $200.00.
We are currently soliciting participation from qualified instructors to teach each of the sections of a Permacultue Design Course. Each section may also be presented as a stand alone event as instructors join our team.
- Look for events based on the development of the designs for our mulitple use green houses and other facilities.
- A one day seminar exploring 33 concepts that make up a framework for building community with the living things around you.
- In this course David Braden will share his insights into the way all the “things” that we know fit together to create the world we experience and how we can use that information to build the kind of world we would like to live in. The course involves three meetings per month over the course of a year and independent study appropriate to each student. Price is $1,000 for the full course, or $100.00 per month.
Here is the property we have to work with as it existed in November of 2010. The property has been in the Braden family since 1954.
As you can see, we already have a lot of trees. There have been no poisons used on the property for at least 30 years.
Applewood is the name of the area between 32nd Avenue and South Table Mountain. Most of the homes where built on large, horse property, lots in the late 50's and early 60's with some more modest tract homes on the east end of the mountain up to 20th Avenue. There has been some scraping of older homes in order to build big houses.
This community is relatively well off and can afford the kind of Community Sufficiency Technologies we would like to develop. The key is to find a way to explain why they would want to do that.
Living Systems Institute
14020 W 32nd Ave80401 Golden, CO
United States39° 45' 41.3028" N, 105° 9' 26.1684" W