Jerome Osentowski

Permaculture Greenhouses with Jerome Osentowski

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Library Hall

Jerome Osentowski, founder and director of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, shares permaculture gardening lessons and insight from his new book The Forest Garden Greenhouse: How to Design and Manage an Indoor Permaculture Oasis.

For the last ten years, and with the help of each intern and volunteer to come through CRMPI during that time, Jerome has slowly crafted and compiled information for his first book on indoor forest gardening, including a revolutionary new “Climate Battery” design for near-net-zero heating and cooling.

The Forest Garden Greenhouse

In this groundbreaking book one of North America’s most accomplished permaculture designers, presents a wholly new approach to a very old horticultural subject. In The Forest Garden Greenhouse, he shows how bringing the forest garden indoors is not only possible, but doable on unlikely terrain and in cold climates, using near-net-zero technology. Different from other books on greenhouse design and management, this book advocates for an indoor agriculture using permaculture design concepts—integration, multi-functions, perennials, and polycultures—that take season extension into new and important territory.

Books will be available for sale and author signing at the event.

About the speaker
A forager and permaculturist with roots in rural Nebraska, Jerome Osentowski lives in a passive solar home he built at 7,200 feet above Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Director and founder of Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute and a permaculture designer for thirty years, he has built five greenhouses for himself and scores of others for private clients and public schools in the Rockies and beyond. He makes his living from an intensively cultivated one acre of indoor and outdoor forest garden and plant nursery, which he uses as a backdrop for intensive permaculture and greenhouse design courses. Among his accomplishments is hosting the longest-running Permaculture Design Course in the world, now at twenty-nine years running. Jerome has also been instrumental in identifying, conserving, and propagating heritage fruit trees that have survived and borne crops for over a century in the harsh environment of the Roaring Fork Valley. Jerome’s explorations of sustainable systems and his travels for development projects have taken him to Baja, Nicaragua, Patagonia, Finland, Australia, and the Caribbean.