Since early 2020, CRMPI has been undergoing a long and difficult process to receive a Special Use Permit with Eagle County. We were finally going to meet with the planners on June 2nd to regain our rights to operate as normal. Unfortunately, Eagle County staff did not realize that there was a holiday coming up this Monday and so staff did not prepare their report in time to upload it with the requisite 5 working days notice. As a result, they are not conforming to the Eagle County Land Use Code requirements, and hence cannot proceed with reviewing the Special Use Permit application at their June 2nd meeting.

The earliest date we could have the hearing is July 7th, but we are asking the county for an earlier date. We will send an updated newsletter as soon as the new hearing date is confirmed. Thank you for your incredible support. We have received so many wonderful letters. Please keep them coming!
Take care,

Jerome Osentowski

There are 3 ways you can help get the permit approved:

  1. Be in person at the meeting with the planning committee on at the El Jebel County Courthouse in support of CRMPI: Official dates to be confirmed ASAP
  2. Email a letter of support to with the subject line “CRMPI SUP ZS-9170-2021” telling why you support education on site at CRMPI (please cc
  3. Be in person at the meeting with the county commissioners at El Jebel County Courthouse in support of CRMPI: Official dates to be confirmed ASAP
Read the full Special Use Permit application

Furthermore, CRMPI is struggling to keep operations going while dealing with the SUP application and gearing up for Jerome's retirement transition. Outside support is necessary to continue operations, courses, and keep CRMPI on the map. The most immediate need is funding to support the livelihoods of permanent staff. This includes improved employee housing and contracted salaries to help with daily farm tasks, volunteer coordination, classes, marketing, and ongoing infrastructure improvements. Without consistent and reliable staff to help with these tasks, CRMPI will continue to face challenges without the structure to efficiently and effectively overcome them.

For decades, Jerome and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute have shaken the ground of permaculture, offering the world’s longest running PDC program and inspiring environmental stewards all over the world. It’s time to give back. A generous donor has agreed to match up to $50,000 of public donations in support of CRMPI and Jerome’s transition. Please help us reach our goal!

Help the legacy continue - give CRMPI your support today.

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