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Forest Gardening and Greenhouse Weekend Workshop

April 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm UTC-6

Grow tropical bananas in the Rockies? That’s right. Learn how to grow your own food year-round, even tropical fruits, using Climate Battery technology. Learn the intricacies and design of greenhouse growing with an emphasis on perennial poly-culture and making the most of your space. Discover how you can stack functions to make your greenhouse more effective and efficient. Or, if you don’t have a greenhouse, just come to see how this low-tech greenhouse design produces papayas, bananas and other tropical goodies at 7,000+ feet above sea level.

This workshop offers hands-on instruction in the many aspects of high-altitude greenhouse design, installation and maintenance. Taught by Jerome Osentowski, founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt, CO, they will cover topics such as:

-a tour of CRMPI
-hands-on greenhouse work projects
-greenhouse design (including commercial greenhouse design and climate battery technology)
-installation and planting schedules
-maintenance and water systems
-food harvesting and food processing

CRMPI contains five greenhouses, each with its own unique design and focus:

-Phoenix is the largest and features fruiting papayas, banana trees and a mix of tropical perennials and annual vegetables
-Mana is the next largest and features Mediterranean plants such as fig and rosemary
-Cabin is primarily used for extra summer annual crops and herbs
-Shree is a supplemental greenhouse featuring a rotating variety of annuals and a few perennial herbs.
-CORE is a retrofitted hoophouse which houses annuals in the summers and keeps our nursery trees warm in the winters

Whether you’re interested in growing tropical fruit or just extending your growing season by a few weeks, this workshop will give you what you need to know!

You’ll also have a chance to explore CRMPI’s full range of permaculture design installations, including a 16-kilowatt PV system, two sunny johns, a passive solar home, extensive water catchment and a gray water system.

Day 1 of the workshop will cover forest gardening, and day 2 will cover greenhouses. These may be taken together or individually.

Students may arrive Friday evening or the morning of the course.

Tuition includes Instructors’ Fees, Course Materials, Camping, & Meals. Both days: $300 or one day: $150.

Please send tuition as cash or check to:

PO Box 631
Basalt, CO

Call us at 970-927-4158, or email us at [email protected] for more information!


April 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am
April 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm


Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute – CRMPI
2101 Cedar Dr
Basalt, CO 81621 United States