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SPRING 2022 NEWSLETTER
Greetings! We're back with highlights from the winter
& opportunities for the upcoming season.

The Puerto Rico PRC was a huge success!

February 14 - 26, 2022
Stephanie Syson of Biodynamic Botanticals hosted the 1st PDC course at her farm alongside Jerome Osentowski of CRMPI.
Over 11 days, they studied and worked in this tropical paradise. Look at all those happy faces, pictured above!

Stephanie Syson
of Biodynamic Botanicals

pours a salve as demonstration.  You can find all her offerings on the Biodynamic Botanials website.  In the future, she plans to host a weekend herb workshop and a 2nd annual permaculture design course in January 2023.  Stay tuned for more details!
Above: Tiffany teaches a kimchi class in the outdoor kitchen.  
Above: Chefs Tyler and Zoey cooked many great meals in the outdoor kitchen.
Below: Tiffany & Fallon preparing food.
Below: Eyal and Daniel working on the pizza oven.
There was a lot of hands on learning done at the PDC too. Michael Judd teaches pruning of a volunteer avocado tree, to the right.  Jerome also taught a grafting class.
  
Below left: Patrick Padden teaches a swales class in the jungle, prepping the area for a food forest.

Below right: A presentation from one group of their community garden plan.

Special Use Permit final application submitted

In early March, we submitted our final application for special use permit to Eagle county.  Because of zoning changes, CRMPI is not allowed to teach classes on site until this permit is approved by the Roaring Fork planning committee and finally the Eagle County commissioners.  We need community support to get this permit approved. 
We are hoping you can send an email to support what CRMPI has been doing for the last 38 years as a permaculture education center, demonstration farm, and community resource.  The county is currently accepting emails of public support to planningcomments@eaglecouty.us with the subject line “CRMPI SUP ZS-9170-2021”.  The full special use permit is available for review here and should soon be available in Eagle county records.

Cattle Creek Permaculture Practicum

March 25 - 26, 2022
Cattle Creeks Gardens hosted CRMPI for a permaculture practicum.  Jerome was joined by Kareen Erbe of Broken Ground to facilitate the event as 4 teams gathered to brainstorm 4 potential designs for this site.  If you have a property & would like some permaculture design help, Kareen & Jerome are available to facilitate at your site!  For more pics & information, find here.  Mona Newton, former CEO of CORE, will be writing an op-ed in the Sopris Sun about her experience at the practicum.  Stay tuned.

Learning Opportunities

We have many classes and workshops scheduled for the upcoming season & registrations are open!  Check the dates below & follow the links in the titles to join us. Check our main teaching page here.

We are also partnering with Elkstone Farms in Steamboat Springs for two classes.  Their full calendar of events can be found here.
Weekend Workshops 
   May 7th & 8th, June 4th & 5th, and June 25th & 26th, 2022
Masterclass in Forest Garden Greenhouses with Jerome Osentowski
   May 13th - 15th, 2022 at Elkstone Farms
Agroforestry Workshop with Jerome Osentowski 
   June 2nd, 2022 at Elkstone Farms
Permaculture Design Course
  July 18th - 29th, 2022
Permaculture Academy
  August 13th - 21st, 2022
Making Kraut & Kimchi
CRMPI is adding another element to our livelihood- a brinery.  Tiffany & her partner, Joey, created 5 different flavors of kimchi & sauerkraut on site in early March.  Bailey also helped to learn the process.  Thanks for their help on such a tasty product.
ISO CONTRACTORS FOR HIRE
We are looking to immediately subcontract out projects at the institute to carpenters, plumbers, and electricians.  If you know anyone in the area looking for project work, please send them our way!  Contact us at jerome@crmpi.org or 970-456-3480.

2022 SEASON VOLUNTEERS
We are still accepting volunteers for the 2023 season, who can inquire directly to Jerome at jerome@crmpi.org or through the WWOOF platform.
ADDITIONAL READING
Urban Food Forests in the American Southwest by James Allen, head of the Northern University of Arizona Flagstaff forestry department, gives a great scientific overview of food forest sites in the region including CRMPI. It is a highly recommended read from Jerome for everyone in the permaculture and agroforestry community.
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