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Greetings from the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute!

Spring brought blossoms and blooms. Now as we enter summer we want to update everyone on the busy happenings at CRMPI!

To get you all salivating before we get into the CRMPI nitty-gritty...
Here's a shot of our Pakistani mulberry beauty, followed by our budding banana harvest!
Our May weekend workshop was a great kick-off to this season! This is a shot of the students learning permaculture swale/"berm-n-basin" development.

We still have a few spaces open for our June 4th and 5th workshop. Give us a shout for more details or to register!

Spring Season at CRMPI

A lot of pruning work went into the food forest this spring.
Gabe Riley - The Tree Doctor, and our arborist, was around to show everyone how it's done right. 

We also did a lot of mulching, and than some more mulching, getting our fruit trees ready for a bountiful summer and fall!
Another big project in the loop is a complete redo of our irrigation system.
We flipped the switch and turned the water on this week,
adding in all new piping and a new headgate that prevents buildup! 
Outside of the food forests and greenhouses this spring,
CRMPI was getting in on the action of other sites as well.

This spring Jerome hosted an Agroforestry workshop in Litibu, Mexico. The course was designed as a charette where students actively participated in developing a sustainable design for Rancho Virginia. Plans were started and plants planted - we'll be gathering back in Litibu in November 2016 for another charette to deepen the designs now in place. This April event was a huge success and is the kickoff for plans to start an international agroforestry school. We have locations in the loop not only in Litibu, but also here in Colorado, down in Florida and Cuba, and over in Hawaii. Kickstarting in 2017 - look for more information from us on that!

There has been a lot of inspiration gained from Eric Toensmeier, author of The Carbon Farming Solution. This book will be used as one of the Agroforestry school textbooks, and if you haven't gotten a copy for yourself yet, head over to to pick one up.

The Forest Garden Greenhouse Spring Book Tour
Jerome hit the road this season, welcomed across America to promote his new book The Forest Garden Greenhouse.
He was a presenter at The Mother Earth News Fairs in Ashville North Carolina, as well as Belton, Texas. Here in Colorado he toured around from Steamboat Springs and down the front range in Boulder and Denver. 
Stay tuned to our upcoming events age on our website for more book signing events taking place next fall.  If you havent gotten a copy of his book yet, head over to or to pick one up! You can also contact us directly at and we'll send one over to you!
Back over in Colorado - We dug in over at the Launchpad in Carbondale, building a handful of community beds to be shared by families supported by the Valley Settlement Program. Planting will be done this Friday June 3rd. We're excited for these families to get some good eats!
Edible Landscape Nursery
The nursery has kicked into full gear since Vanessa took over!

Delicious fruiting plants for sale: hardy fruit trees (apple, pear, apricot, plum,  cherry, mulberry), fruiting shrubs and vines (currant, gooseberry, grape), nitrogen-fixing plants (Siberian pea shrub, buffaloberry, silverberry), and other perennial accompaniments. Check out our inventory online:

Don't want the burden of planting a tree?  CRMPI can install and maintain it for you! Inquire for details. 
Jerome and Vanessa rocked out about 175 grafted trees this spring! Many varieties were accomplished including multiple Heritage Fruit Trees.
Each workshop and class tour that came up here was able to get an upfront demonstration from Jerome on the ins and outs of grafting.
Check out the nursery link above for more details! 

This whole beautiful facility was built on a shoestring, and it's time to cut the cord with all the leftovers. We have a "resource pile" out back of the food forest which holds these leftovers and Jerome agrees it is time for what we are now dubbing the
"10 Year CRMPI Clean Up." 

We got a lot of great things back there - conduit, fencing, metal, cages, irrigation lines....a few car chairs and a canoe... If you got a few hours to spare, head up to CRMPI on Saturday June 18th to help us clean up! Anything you want from the pile is yours. Save it from the landfill! 
Even if you don't need a thing, your help would be appreciated and we're going to give you a big delicious lunch in appreciation!

Give a buzz up and let us know if we got your hands to count on that day!
Jerome had a great time this season mentoring and consulting with folks from around the country who want to start their own permaculture practices. We had a group of ladies travel all the way from Boulder, Utah to spend a day having one on one consultation from Jerome. If you're working on any projects and want to gain extra knowledge, reach out to us to set up some consulting time with the guy who has been doing it for 30+ years!

Upcoming Courses at CRMPI!

  • 30th Anniversary Celebration!

    Did you attend a prior PDC at CRMPI some point in the last 30 years?? Have you worked or interned here long term?? Join us the weekend after this years PDC to celebrate the longest running PDC course in a consistent location in the world. We'll be having good food, good music, and good vibes as we celebrate this accomplishment. We'll also be celebrating Jerome's 75th birthday, as well as a celebration of 1 year since his book The Forest Garden Greenhouse was published! Lots to party about! Email for more details or to sign up! This event is donation based, with all donations going towards scholarship funds for 2018 PDC students in need.

    • August 20-21, 2016

Visit for more details!
If you missed this month's Living Permaculture show on KDNK,
Give it a listen:

This month Jerome and Stephanie interviewed Avery Ellis to talk about the changes Colorado opened up to with rainwater catchment laws!

Listen to our radio show!

Living Permaculture Show on KDNK
4th Wednesday of Each Month @ 4:30
Click to listen to the most recent shows.
You can pick up a copy of "The Forest Garden Greenhouse" from our publisher Chelsea Green, Amazon, here at CRMPI (email, and possibly your local bookstore!
Are you building a greenhouse?
Jerome and Michael Thompson have been developing greenhouse technology for going on 30 years. Mastering what is known as the 'Climate Battery'. If you're looking for a few tips or a full design, reach out to us for greenhouse consultations. We can help with not only design of your greenhouse, but the planting, soil development and IPM aspects of owning a greenhouse as well.

Still Wishin' List...

  • A 4-wheel drive van for transporting volunteers and students up and down the mountain to reduce traffic
  • A sailboat of at least 40 ft. to transport our "Permaculture Afloat" project
  • A volunteer with photography/videography experience to help out and document our practices

We would love to hear about what you're up to, send us your art, writing, poetry, or info about projects you're involved in and it might show up in our future newsletters and posts!

Left: Drawing of Jerome from his visit to Cuba where he presented at the 2014 International Permaculture Convergence.

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