The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute was founded by Jerome Osentowski in 1987 as a result of Jerome's quest to grow healthy food for himself. It started with the gardening of annual vegetables, developed to include perennial crops, and today features several state-of-the-art permaculture greenhouses.
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute today operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Basalt, CO. Founder Jerome Osentowski was initially unable to grow edible plants on the site. When he discovered permaculture, he began intensively reshaping the land and cultivating fertile soil.
Today CRMPI is focused on permaculture gardening, edible landscaping, forest gardening, and greenhouse design. This institution has awarded permaculture design certification to over 2,500 students from around the world.
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute is home to some of the most impressive permaculture greenhouses on earth, which use passive solar energy in conjunction with a new technology they developed and refer to as a "climate battery."
The climate battery design works by capturing warm air from the top of the greenhouse and circulating it into an underground piping system where warmth is stored underground to be released back into the greenhouse overnight.
These greenhouses have consistently grown tropical fruits and produced annual vegetables year-round at elevation in the Rocky Mountains for decades. Their design is detailed in-depth in Jerome Osentowski's popular book The Forest Garden Greenhouse.