From drip irrigation to wild foraging, you can learn about sustainable agriculture practices during the Colorado Permaculture Convergence in the Four Corners this weekend.
The event will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Hananiah’s Rest Ranch, 10501 County Road 20 in Cortez.
Owners Grant and Kathy Curry of the Permaculture Provision Project are the hosts. This is the first time the event is being held away from the Front Range.
“We have some remarkable presentations from experts and a lot of workshops, demonstrations and seminars,” Grant Curry said.
The Currys have embraced the doctrine of permaculture, which uses earthwork features to store water deep in the ground to produce a variety of food year-round.
There will be classes and presentations about permaculture, drip irrigation, water economics, silviculture, grafting, mushroom cultivation, rocket mass heaters, tiny homes, marijuana cultivation and composting.
Other intriguing classes include the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, eco-social education, bee-inspired community gardens, wild foraging and herbicide remediation with mushrooms.
Films and documentaries about permaculture will be shown, including “Adventures in Permaculture: Australia.”
Speeches will be given about the worldwide water crisis, the Turtle Lake Refuge and large-scale land restoration.
There will be locally made food, roundtable discussions, live music and dancing under the crescent moon. Blue Coyote and The Wandering Minstrel will perform live music. Camping will be available.
“Learn from the foremost experts in permaculture and our plans to turn the Four Corners into an oasis of abundance,” Curry said.
Memorial Day will feature a bonus event: a summit by members of local tribes to discuss permaculture possibilities on reservations.