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!
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
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
The first day of the workshop took place at this Swedish agricultural school near Helsinki.
JEROME DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST
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
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.
TROPENHAUS HEAT RESOURCE
Admired many local community gardens.
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
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 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
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
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.