Category Archives: Sustainability

Online Workshop for Creating Ecological, Economical, Resilient, and Socially Just Household Food Systems

Gatewood HousePermaculture is the art and science of designing human habitations and systems that care for the earth, care for people, and incorporate voluntary limits and boundaries so that there is justice in the distribution of the surplus.  Bob Waldrop, president of Oklahoma Food Coop & founder of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House community in Gatewood Historic Neighborhood, is facilitating an 8-week online workshop on Kitchen Permaculture beginning this weekend, Feb 28.

Each week of the workshop has topics for discussion in five categories: Design Issues, Foods, Food Preparation, Food Techniques, and Food Sources. The student will write a design document describing their present household food system, the goals of their household regarding its food systems, the specific steps they will accomplish to get from “here” to “there”, and how they will stage their work.  Since permaculture is a holistic design system, we also consider how the household’s food systems fit into the rest of the household’s activities.  The workshop is not a typical academic class, but rather an experiential/existential learning community incorporating an ortho-praxis (“right-action”) of observation, evaluation, design, staging, and implementation. It incorporates art, beauty, wisdom, intuition, science, and rationality.

Follow this link for a .pdf of reading topics.  Documents and Readings

To signup, go to the Facebook page at Online Kitchen Permaculture Workshop Signup


Welcome to Urban Living OKC!!

Welcome to Urban Living OKC, the home for news, resources, and commentary on living in the urban core of Oklahoma City!  My name is Gary Caplinger, and I work in real estate sales and consulting for Keller Williams.  I am also co-conspirator with Scott Scrivner, Liquid Media graphic design guru, and a host of others in Convergence, a community of people working for Restoration in the Plaza District and its surrounding neighborhoods.

After living most of my life in the suburbs of Oklahoma City and Dallas, I became enthralled with the mystery, beauty, and energy of urban life.  My family (wife Kathy, son Caleb, and daughter Claire) have completely fallen in love with Oklahoma City!  It is a city filled with beautiful, creative, and compassionate people. We are constantly building a web of friends throughout this city who also love this place, who are passionate about life in community with others, and are driven to come together to work for the good of our neighborhoods, city, and planet.  Though we have a long way to go, our family is continually evaluating how to perpetuate sustainable living in a more urban context.

I dove headfirst into the real estate business last year hoping to paint a different picture, than the often maligned one, of the Real Estate Professional and his or her value to the community.  The former images portraying Real Estate salesmen/women in a similar light to used car salesmen are for the most part completely untrue.  I hope to be more of a long-term friend and resource for life in this amazing city and all things real estate.  Unlike some in this business, I will never push you to buy something more than you can afford, more quickly than you are ready to do it.  In fact, some of my clients already have been a little shocked when I have pushed them towards more frugal and well-thought-out options for buying, selling, or investing in residential property.

If you are thinking about buying, selling, or investing in a home or vacant land, please call (405.694.8562) or email me ( today.  If you know someone else who is, let me know, as well.  I promise to be an honest, reliable, advocate for my clients (friends).  Whether you have plans to buy or sell, feel free to browse my website (URBANLIVINGOKC.COM).  On my site, you can find helpful resources, as well as map-search the entire Oklahoma City MLS Database.

Check back to this blog site for updates and helpful info & resources!

Gary Caplinger
Keller Williams Realty
405.694.8562 (to search properties)