The Institute for Applied Sustainability

The Institute for Applied Sustainability in conjunction with Extended Studies has merged with the Coldharbour Institute of Gunnison to offer a suite of holistic courses that develop the practical skills and knowledge needed to create more sustainable and economically resilient communities. Coldharbour Institute's mission is to promote resilient living practices for a changing world through education, research, experimentation, partnerships, and the integration of environmental, social and economic solutions. For more information about the Institute of Applied Sustainability, contact Ellen Patten, Education Coordinator at ellen.patten@western.edu, 303.506.6849, or visit western.edu/ias.

FALL CLASSES THROUGH THE INSTITUTE OF APPLIED SUSTAINABILITY:  

To register for a course, please click here

COLD CLIMATE SEASON EXTENSION GROWING
Blaine and MJ Pickettz
NON CREDIT, $50
Date:        9/18/2016
Day:          Sunday
Time:        9:00am - 12:00noon
Location:  Coldharbour Ranch*
This holistic introduction to organic, sustainable food growing teaches skills needed to start and maintain an organic garden at high altitudes and cold climates using season extension tools and strategies. Concepts taught through this course include: basics of growing food, season extension concepts, organic, sustainable growing practices, the identification of potential impediments to organic food production, and gain a deeper appreciation for local food systems.
   
INTRODUCTION TO HIGH ALTITUDE PERMACULTURE AND MUSHROOM INOCULATION
Derek Marin
CEU 1, $80 + $15 materials fee
NON CREDIT, $80 + $15 materials fee
Date:        9/17/2016-9/18/2016
Day:          Saturday, Sunday
Time:        9:00am-2:00pm
Location:  Coldharbour Ranch*
This course taps the basic concepts of Permaculture, along with a hands-on practical in mushroom cultivation in a high altitude setting. Principals include sustainable living, regenerative agriculture, food forestry, animal husbandry, landscape design & mapping, organic principles, ecosystem cultivation, earth works, natural patterns, bio-intensive systems, & water management. A portion of each day is dedicated to permaculture theory, and the second half inoculating logs with mushroom spores. Students learn how to grow Shiitake and oyster mushrooms for home gardening purposes. Each student leaves this workshop with 3 to 5 ft long inoculated log (shiitake or oyster) and an oyster mushroom ‘quick kit’.
                       
PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS WITH DSLR’S
Jerry Kaiser
CEU 1, $80
NON CREDIT, $80
Date:          11/05/2016-11/06/2016 AND 11/12/2016-11/13/2016
Day:           Saturday, Sunday
Time:         8:00am-5:00pm
Location:  Coldharbour Ranch*
Class begins by examining all camera systems from cell phones on up. Next, DSLR cameras and associated gear are studied, followed by basic Photoshop for photographers.  On the second week class work is finished and the major share of both days is spent in the field shooting with on-site assistance and advice. If any class participants would like to, some Saturday afternoon dark time in the field is offered as an option.
 
SIMPLE SUSTAINABLE SALVES
Briana Wiles
NON CREDIT
Date:          9/20/2016
Day:           Tuesday
Time:         5:30-7:30pm
Location:  Taylor
Weeds may be annoying to some, but can be life changing to others. Gain a whole new perspective about a few super common weeds, such as plantain, chickweed, and mallow. Class demonstrates how to identify and harvest these plants sustainably. Participants learn to create medicinal oil infusions and then take home a salve for healing skin conditions.

*Directions to Coldharbour Ranch from Gunnison:
From the Adams St & E Tomichi Ave intersection in Gunnison, drive 6.7 miles East on US Hwy 50.
The Ranch is located about halfway between mile marker 164 and mile marker 165 on Hwy 50. After you pass mile marker 164, drive about a 1/2 mile and look for a large yellow building with a red/orange roof on the right (the red/orange roof is the prominent feature), this is Coldharbour Ranch. The turn to the right looks like a small driveway, turn here, and you have arrived!

 
 
Directions to Coldharbour Ranch from Gunnison:
From the Adams St & E Tomichi Ave intersection in Gunnison, drive 6.7 miles East on US Hwy 50.
The Ranch is located about halfway between mile
marker 164 and mile marker 165 on Hwy 50. After you pass mile marker 164, drive about a 1/2 mile and look for a large yellow building with a red/orange roof on the right (the red/orange roof is the prominent feature), this is Coldharbour Ranch. The turn to the right looks like a small driveway, turn here, and you have arrived!

 

Contact Information

Ellen Patten; Institute of Applied Sustainability Education Coordinator
303.506.6849

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