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My guest today is Jerome Osentowski, founder of Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, a long time permaculture practitioners and teacher, and author of the new book The Forest Garden Greenhouse, available from Chelsea Green Publishing.
During the conversation today, we talk about his many years building and consulting on the construction of greenhouses. At his site in Basalt, Colorado, this includes creating local greenhouse environments that allows the growing of citrus, and to hold temperatures at a minimum temperature of 55 degrees year round. As a permaculture practitioner this stems from multiple systems, but one active method that Jerome has developed is his climate battery, the principles and functions of which he shares with us, and further details of which are in his book. Whether you have an interest in gardening, greenhouses, or appropriate technology, you’ll enjoy hearing Jerome share his experiences and knowledge.
You can find out more about him, his work, and book at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture website, CRMPI.org.
As I mentioned during this conversation, I owe a lot of my permaculture education to what Jerome and the team at CRMPI have done over the years because that is where, as I remember, Ben Weiss trained before teaching me. If you are looking for a Permaculture Design Course or to study professional practices, you’d be hard pressed not to study there if you can make it. As part of the work for this show, as I said to Jerome, I’m interested in visiting sometime to learn more, we’ll see what happens with that.
For anyone interested in starting a small business, whether permaculture or otherwise, there is something to be said for the ongoing adaption and stick-to-it-iveness that Jerome and CRMPI have gone through over the years to keep operating. Rebuilding the greenhouse after losing it in the fire. Operating multiple businesses to provide financial income and redundancy. Trying different things to see what works. What fits for that environment, physically, socially, and metaphorically.
I also like that he is planning for the succession of CRMPI and the other businesses, so that this work can go on. Not just for another season, or another month, but for decades to come. A reminder to think long term, beyond our own lives and to flourishing future generations.
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In the show notes of this episode there are several announcements I want to share with you. The first, is the upcoming Free the Seeds! seed swap and start fair on March 19, 2016 at the Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. The event includes workshops on starting seeds, savings seeds, bee keeping, food preserving, and, of course, permaculture. You’ll find a high-resolution copy of the the flyer in the show notes, and you can also check out the website at freetheseedsmt.com.
The second is Wild Cooperative, which is a budding community started by a couple on 16 acres in Crawford, Colorado. They are looking for folks interested in building a permaculture based bio-centric community. Read more about this There you’ll also find satellite and other pictures detailing the location and layout of the land. Read more about this project:
From here, on February 22, I’ll be in Baltimore for an open house and round table recording with Charm City Farms. Find more information at:
On June 18, 2016, is the Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence at The Riverside Project in Charles Town, West Virginia. Michael Judd is the keynote speaker. I’m hosting an in-person round table recording. Workshops include Living in the Gift with Seppi Garrett from Seppi’s Place, Children and Permaculture with Jen Mendez of PermieKids, and Broad Acre Agriculture for Permaculture Practitioners with Ethan Strickler.
Tickets are currently on-sale and early bird pricing ends on Sunday, February 14, 2016, so pick up your ticket today.
As we draw this episode to a close, the next interview is David Peter Stroh, joining me to talk about Personal Transformation and Systems Thinking for Social Change, and after that is Nati Passow of Jewish Farm School, for our first conversation on Judaism and Earth Care.
Until the next time, take care of Earth, your self, and each other.