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Growing a better future...


Imagine the kind of world you would like to live in -

and let's build that one.

We can change the way that we produce what humans need to thrive.  We can create systems of production that heal nature and produce abundance - ending poverty.  And it all begins with each of us building new relationships with the people, plants and creatures around us.

Learn about the 3 assumptions that prevent us from building the world we want.




In Organic Landscape Design we work with the relationships between the many species that make up our environment. The technique is based on "Sheet Mulching" and the basic unit of design is the "Key Hole Bed":

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Sample Key Hole 2

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Each bed is a ten foot diameter

  • no weed

  • no water

  • no till

  • deep mulched

  • drip irrigated

permaculture bed.  The beds are constructed using materials that others consider waste.  We used horse manure that the stable owner was paying to remove.  We used newspaper and cardboard that was headed to be recycled.  We used hay that got wet and could no longer be fed to horses.  We used wood chips produced by the local arborist who pays to dispose of them.

Once the beds are established, we need significant participation only three times a year:

  • planting

  • mulching, and

  • harvest.

With no till and deep mulching, the soil improves each year with no weeds. With no tilling, we can include in the design perennial herbs, small fruits, rhubarb, horseradish, bulbs and flowers. With drip irrigation no daily attention is required and we save water. The area not in beds will be planted to

Broomfield 4-13

  • grasses

  • legumes

  • trees, and

  • shrubs

for wind break and to provide habitat for

  • beneficial insects

  • native pollinators, and

  • birds

Many features supporting the productivity of the whole.

Every community has unrealized human potential and unrealized biological potential. We call these poverty and environmental degradation and treat them as a problem instead of a resource.  We are developing what we call Community Sufficiency Technologies  . . . the know how to organize ourselves to provide for ourselves . . .   It is a skill that each of us can develop by learning about Living in Place.

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We had 3 community gardens demonstrating this technique in 2009 and 7 in 2010.  Each of the gardens had different starting conditions and varying materials in the sheet mulch but all of them produced an abundance of vegetables.  For 2011 we are open to help with new community gardens - or - help you apply this technique on your own property.  Right click on the pictures below to see each of the gardens.

Broomfield Melons 2009

Boulder Chilis

Golden TomatoMain Street BroomfieldGrange Garden

Golden Sunflowers




Regis Watermelon


Vital Foods Squashes

Digital Garden 2010Harvest Mountain Squash 2010






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We have been experimenting with different ways to engage gardeners.

In 2009 we tried a community approach through which anyone who participated was entitled to share the produce.  The problem was that many of those who built beds and planted never returned to share in the harvest.

In 2010 we tried a combined approach but ended up with mostly indiviidual gardeners gardening individual beds. The problem was that many gardeners are unfamiliar with gardening in the deep mulch and we did not get the variety of planting that makes gardening efficient.

In 2011 we are urging gardeners to use a "Team Gardening" approach.  In Team Gardening, someone who has experience with the technique will join forces with a number of people who want to learn the technique and pool their growing beds.  Because we avoid most of the work inherent in traditional gardening . . . and only plant - mulch - harvest . . . the teams can garden more beds than the team members could individually and because they can produce much more than the team can use fresh we are suggesting that they could find financial supporters who don't want to garden but would like to share in the produce.

As learners become leaders and form new teams the gardening can move beyond the community gardens and onto the properties of the participants . . . moving us closer to our goal of replacing all the lawns on the front range with gardens . . . taking another step toward community sufficiency.


Why is Urban Argiculture Important?

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To understand how effective these techniques can be watch this five minute video called Greening the Desert and for a more detailed understanding watch A Farm for the Future a 48 minute BBC production about the alternative to petroleum based agriculture.

About Us. - David E. Ward                                   Organic Landscape Design - David Braden


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