Forest Garden at CRMPI
Growing bananas and figs at 7800 feet in the mountains of Colorado? In a permaculture food forest in the mountains? Are you serious?
Yes, not only is it possible, but it’s been going on for decades now.
Meet Jerome Osentowski of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Marjory went onsite to interview Jerome and see his forest gardens firsthand. She also got some footage of the various food forests that you can see below.
A Permaculture Food Forest with a History
Jerome studied under Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture, back in the 1980s.
And the food forest he started in Colorado has been growing successfully for over 15 years.
And the Permaculture Design Certification course offered by CRMPI is the now the longest running PDC program in the world.
Indoor Forest Gardens
Never heard of an indoor food forest? Well, Jerome has 2 of them. He has tropical climate greenhouse where he grows a food forest of tropical perennials. And he has another one that’s a Mediterranean climate.
There are 3 more greenhouses at CRMPI, which are kept at a temperate climate and are used to grow annuals. You can watch a video tour of the forest gardens at CRMPI here:
And here is Marjory’s onsite interview with Jerome:
Thanks to Jerome for being such a gracious host. You can learn more about Jerome and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute here: crmpi.org.
See video of another food forest in Florida: Convert Your Lawn into a High-Yield Food Forest
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.