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September-October 2015

 CRMPI's founder Jerome spent the month of September traveling throughout Europe!

...which for the CRMPI team meant PARTY TIME!  Just kidding - we worked our hineys off trying to keep up with this season's harvest while he was gone. 
 
 

Where in the world was Jerome Osentowski??

Jerome's parachute permaculture tour through Europe!

England
Presented at the International Permaculture Conference (watch Jerome's talk on Natural Succession here - fast-forward to 6 hours 52 minutes)

Attended the International Permaculture Convergence

Visited the Eden Project

Toured Martin Crawford's forest garden, a local CSA, and a permaculture community. 

MARTIN CRAWFORD'S FOREST GARDEN

TOURING WITH MARTIN CRAWFORD

AN INSIDE LOOK INTO A LOCAL CSA GREENHOUSE

A PRESENTATION FROM GROCYCLE, AN ORGANIZATION GROWING
OYSTER MUSHROOMS FROM RECYCLED COFFEE GROUNDS


Finland
Held a 1-day indoor presentation on Forest Gardening and Greenhouse Design, followed by a 1-day outdoor workshop showing hands-on approaches to permaculture practices such as hugelkultur, sheet mulching, and soil building.
DAY 2: OUTDOOR WORKSHOP

CREATING A HUGELKULTUR BED

 
MULCHING AROUND NEWLY PLANTED TREES
JEROME DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST

 
The first day of the workshop took place at this Swedish agricultural school near Helsinki.
JEROME WITH HOST MARI KORHONEN AND THE COUPLE WHO HOSTED THE HANDS ON WORKSHOP

 
Conducted a private consultation on greenhouse and forest garden design.
 
Jerome would not have made it so gracefully through England and Finland if it weren't for Mari Korhonen. This trip was the second time that Mari helped bring Jerome to Finland, and she has done a significant amount to bring permaculture to Finland. Next August will mark the first Finnish permaculture conference in Helsinki.
HERE MARI SITS PERCHED IN A GIANT TREE IN THE EPPING FOREST NEAR WHERE THE PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCE WAS HELD

Switzerland
Provided a consultation in Bern.
YOUNG ORCHARD ON BERN PROPERTY
 
The following day, Jerome did an evening presentation in Lucerne, watch the video of his presentation here.
HOST BEAT ROELLI INTRODUCING JEROME"S WORKSHOP IN LUCERNE

 
Took a peek inside Tropenhaus, a tropical greenhouse heated by excess emissions from a nearby gas compression plant.
INSIDE TROPENHAUS
 
TROPENHAUSE STRUCTURE

TROPENHAUS HEAT RESOURCE
Admired many local community gardens.
 


Germany
Consulted a large-scale production greenhouse, Lehmann Nature, providing advice on soil health and IPM.
LEHMANN NATUR VERTICAL-GROWING GREENHOUSE
LEHMANN NATUR'S RIPENING TOMATO PRODUCTION

STAYED IN A BEAUTIFUL 300 YEAR OLD STRAW-CLAY HOME COMPLETE WITH A FOREST GARDEN
HOSTED BY NEW FRIEND MARION
 
Slovenia
Hosted a 40-person evening presentation on forest gardening and greenhouse design, and held a full day group critique on attendee's personal greenhouse projects.
JEROME'S PRESENTATION
 

JEROME'S FIRST TASTE OF PAWPAW - YUMMM!!!
HE READ THIS BOOK BY ANDREW MOORE DURING HIS WHOLE TRIP!
 
Toured the beautiful Slovenia with host, and local permie, Aleksander and his daughter.
SAYING HELLO TO  SLOVENIAN GOATS
SAY GOAT CHEESE!

FOREST TREKKING - WILD MUSHROOMS ARE PLENTIFUL! 
FORAGING GRAPES FROM A PATIO TRELLIS

VISITING THE ADRIATIC SEA
 

 
Thank you!

Jerome wants to give gratitude to the many people who helped him in his plans, hosted him, and shared a memorable trip with him: Mari Korhonen (Finland), Marion Buley (Germany), Beat Roelli (Switzerland), Aleksander Lah (Slovenia), Domen Zupan (President of the Slovenian Permaculture Association who helped organize my trip there along with Aleksander), and Hilary Witt (who nursed Jerome back to health when he contracted a cold in Switzerland).
 


Meanwhile, back at CRMPI...


 
THE LAST OF OUR RIPENING GRAPES
 
BLACKBERRIES

GOJI BERRIES

 
The word of the season has been HARVEST!
GRAPES AND PEARS AND TOMATOES! OH MY!
 


PHOENIX IS LOOKING MORE LUSH THAN EVER!
 


STAFFER MADDEN FILLING PHOENIX PATHWAYS WITH DECOMPOSED HAY, COFFEE GROUNDS, EGG SHELLS, AND A DASH OF MATURE WORMS AND CASTINGS
 
STAFFER JACOB CONSTRUCTING A COMPOST TEA MACHINE
Students from CMC visited for a tour, and got their hands dirty by helping us around the property.
JEROME SHOWCASING THE WORM PATHWAYS IN PHOENIX 

STUDENTS TRIMMING BACK  THE PHOENIX CANOPY TO ALLOW FOR
WARM SUNLIGHT DURING THE COLDER SEASONS
 
OH, AND DID WE MENTION HARVEST???
 

Farm to table:

What we picked and what we made.
 




VEGGIES:

Zucchini / Zucchini Pasta - julienned zucchini as a substitute for pasta noodles. Dollop of homemade tomato sauce on top.
Radishes / Veggie Stir-fry - cubed and thrown into a wok.
 

FRUIT:

Tomatoes / Pasta Sauce, Spicy Ketchup
Lord Seedling & McIntosh Apples / Apple Sauce, Apple Pie, Apple Crumble, frozen for winter smoothies
D'Anjou Pears / Pear Apple Sauce, frozen for winter smoothies
Nanking Cherries / White Currant & Cherry Jam, frozen for winter smoothies
Table Grapes / Grape Juice, Grape Jam
Yellow Plums / frozen for winter smoothies
Elderberries / Immunity Syrup - boiled down with cinnamon, ginger root, and honey for spoonfuls of immunity-boosting Vitamins A, B, and C 
Sweet Hawthorne Berries / Herbal Tincture
Armenian Cucumbers / Cucumber Salad, Pickles
 

HERBS:

Spilanthes / Herbal Tincture
Basil / Pesto
Mint, Catnip, Lavendar, Mother Wort, St. John's Wort, Yarrow / Steeped for Callie's "Happy Tea"
 

 

Happy harvesting!

Locally yours,
the CRMPI crew

RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

"The Forest Garden Greenhouse" Talk and Book Signing
October 17, 3-5 pm
 at Green Spaces (Denver)

Plant Swap and Discussion: Permaculture Plants for the High Plains
October 17, 10 am-1 pm
Denver, CO

Talk and Book Signing
October 29, 5-7:30 pm
at the Basalt Regional Library

Greenhouse & Forest Garden Workshop
November 7, 8:30 am - November 8, 5 pm
at CRMPI HQ



CONTACT US

CRMPI
PO Box 631
Basalt, CO 81621

970.927.4158

jerome@crmpi.org

 

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