Big News! A Fall Education Opportunity!

Drala Mountain Permaculture Practicum

Summer may be ending, but we have one more great learning opportunity.  Held at the Drala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, Jerome & Kareen Erbe of Broken Ground Permaculture will be leading an onsite design practicum from October 21st - 23rd.  Enrollment is open now!  For more information, visit

Above: the 2022 Permaculture Design Course students & teachers.  Many thanks to Sustainable Settings in Carbondale for hosting us the 2nd year in a row!

Another Teaching Season for the books!

From spring workshops to the summer's Permaculture Design Course & Permaculture Academy, this season's teaching offerings were a great success.  Students contributed greatly to an energetic learning space & found community while doing so.
Many thanks to Sustainable Settings in Carbondale for hosting the PDC, and big shoutout to Basalt Mountain Gardens for their support too.  The real spectacle of the PDC was a CRMPI social designs project, inspired by the ongoing SUP application.  
PDC students attended
the Eagle County Planning Hearing

Many students spoke in support of CRMPI's efforts & legacy, sighting their inspiring experiences on Basalt Mountain and the ways permaculture can lead us to a more balanced economic future.  To the left, a packed courthouse room in El Jebel.

TOP RIGHT: PDC Students help buck hay during a break at Sustainable Settings.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Fallon & Anthony plant out a comfrey plant at Happy Day Ranch, who hosted our Permaculture Academy students in August.
BOTTOM LEFT: Jerome tells the story of CORE greenhouse in the driveway to the PDC.

CRMPI was blessed again this year with some wonderful volunteers!
Big thanks to Maya (pictured above, far left) and Jesse (above, far right) for all their hard work & dedication to animal livelihood, plant cultivation, & trail restoration in the food forest.  We miss you!
Also pictured, Fallon (center left), who has been full time staff through the season, and has been steady to #keepitsmallkeepitmoving, and Barbara (center right), who traveled from Slovakia to volunteer!
Two more international volunteers 
have helped us this season.  Vanita (right) brought an abundance of visionary art energy to CRMPI.  Maria (left) will be out again for two weeks. 
Many others have spent time at CRMPI this season, sharing their labor & good spirits.  If you're one of them, we appreciate you!!
Brock & Ellie visited us on their honeymoon trip!
With their own permaculture homestead in Lafayette, Louisiana, Brock brought lots of plant knowledge & Ellie blessed us with her cooking & kraut making skills. 
If you're in the South, stop by!  Or if you're looking for a winter internship program, check them out at or on IG @brockelliepatch
October 21st-23rd, 2022: Drala Permaculture Practicum in Red Feather Lakes Colorado with Jerome Osentowski and Kareen Erbe!

February 2023: The 2nd Annual Permaculture Design Course will be held in Puerto Rico - details coming soon!

May 2023: NEW! Permaculture Design Course in Santa Fe, NM - details coming soon!

And of course, CRMPI offerings for 2023 will be similar to the past - workshops in May & June, a PDC in July, and Academy in August.  Look for an announcement of 2023 teaching dates next month!

Upcoming Events

CRMPI Fundraiser in Carbondale

September 24th, 5-9pm, at Craft Carbondale
Join us for a night of live music, locally sourced tacos, & drinks.  Proceeds from tickets sales will help to offset the legal fees incurred through the SUP application process.
Tickets are available here or scan the QR code to the right.

SUP County Commissioner's Hearing

September 30th, 4:00 pm, El Jebel Courthouse

The Eagle County Commissioners will hear the case for CRMPI's Special Use Permit Application.  They are the final step in the application process.
If you are local & available, please meet us at the El Jebel Courthouse to show community support.  If not, the Eagle Co planning department is still accepting letters of support.  If you have been impacted by CRMPI, please shared your experiences.  Email should be sent in to  with the subject line "CRMPI SUP ZS-9170-2021" Please CC if you do send an email.


October 1st, Sopris Park, Carbondale
Stop by the Potato Day festival in downtown Carbondale where we'll be selling a variety of perennial plants, apple & pear grafts, & fig trees.  Stop by to see the full inventory & say hi!  Find more information about the Potato Day webpage.

Farm Warming & Apple Harvest Party

October 2nd, 10am to sundown, Paonia

Daniel Kelso, a CRMPI 2021 PDC graduate, recently bought an orchard in the North Fork Valley & is hosting a harvest party.  It's doubling as a farm warming party.  Lunch & drinking water will be provided.  Join us for a fun day in the orchard! Events details forthcoming. 



October 21-23, Red Feather Lakes
We are still accepting students to participate in a permaculture practicum at Drala Mountain Center.  Participants will be led through a design project with teachers Jerome Osentowski of CRMPI & Kareen Erbe of Broken Ground.  Help this sacred space recover from the devastation of the Cameron Peak Fire whilst honing your permaculture skills!  Link for sign up here.
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