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Change Here Now

Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation

By Adam Brock

Author of Change Here Now, Adam Brock is a Denver-based facilitator, entrepreneur and designer. His work lies at the intersection of urban agriculture, sustainable business, and social change. As co-founder and co-director of The GrowHaus, Adam helped transform an abandoned half-acre greenhouse into an award-winning hub for healthy food and urban agriculture. The GrowHaus, located in Colorado’s most polluted zip code, now engages thousands of low-income residents per year, grows 1500 heads of lettuce per week, and has an annual budget of $1 million.


A certified permaculture designer since 2008, Adam is active in both the local and national permaculture communities. He is one of the lead instructors for the Denver Permaculture Design Course and co-founded the Denver Permaculture Guild, one of the most active local guilds in the US. At the national scale, he served on the organizing committee of the inaugural North American Permaculture Convergence, as well as a contributor and guest editor of Permaculture Design Magazine. Adam is a co-chair of Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council, a TEDxMileHigh speaker, and has been named one of “Colorado’s Top Thinkers” by the Denver Post. In addition to his solo facilitation and consulting work, Adam currently serves as Director of Social Enterprise at Joining Vision and Action, Denver’s premier consulting firm for social change organizations.

Quick Facts


"Permanent agriculture" was a concept developed in the 1960's and 70's by Mollison, and later with David Holmgren. It is often described as a design system that seeks to emulate the strength and resilience found in natural systems... A way for a humanity to work in harmony with nature, rather than struggle against it.



"I saw that Nature never has a single system. It never just grows pines or just grows anything [randomly] really."

-Mollison on Naturual Systems.



Observation of the natural systems already in place is an important first step when designing a permaculture system, before forcing changes that may not have been needed.



Permaculture is one of many tools we have at our disposal to create a more healthy, vibrant, economically stable, and resilient community. It's design concepts can be applied on the municipal level (like Alan Day Garden's new Food Forest), or in your own backyard garden. It's never too late to start learning! See resources and workshops below to see how you can become a part of the Permaculture Movement.


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