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<Osentowski-Intensive.pdf>
Greenhouse Design and Management:
A Permaculture Perspective

Special Monday Intensive Workshop
with Jerome Osentowski, Founder & Director,
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

September 4, Monday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Hot Springs, Montana.

Jerome is author of "The Forest Garden Greenhouse - How to Design and Manage an Indoor Permaculture Oasis, the foremost book on permaculture greenhouses. Jerome has extensive experience with greenhouse growing at 7200` in the Colorado Rockies.  He has created tropical and Mediterranean climates and plantings in his greenhouses.  He invented a climate-battery heating system which he will talk about at the workshop.

Jerome is in Hot Springs for the Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence and will stick around for an additional day to offer this special workshop.

The workshop will be based around designing the Mother Greenhouse project in Hot Springs. The goal being an educational and production greenhouse for the Salish & Kootenai Confederated Tribes using geothermal water on tribal land.  The project currently has a hoophouse but it needs a plan. Jerome will do power point presentations on greenhouse management so the workshop will be valuable for anyone interested in greenhousing. Part of the workshop will be held at the Mother Greenhouse project by the old tribal bathhouse and part will be at a nearby indoor venue.

Workshop fee: $50.
Free to tribal members.

To reserve a space contact Michael Pilarski at friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com
360-643-9178,

Check out Jerome’s website:
http://crmpi.org/

Here is a youtube where he shows off some of his Colorado greenhouses.


Jerome Osentowski lives in a passive solar home he built at 7200 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.
1 year ago
A nice project, concepts from bible,  and video form Sam Ewell
1 year ago
https://inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com/collection/convergence-presenters

Here is the lineup so far! Come on out! its brewing up to be a good turnout!
I will teach on Intro to permaculture and alternative building methods. (not on the list yet.)

Here is the schedule I just put together.  I had to guess when most of you would want to present.  Find your workshop/s in the schedule.  Hopefully you are all happy with where you are scheduled.  if not, let me know and I will make the changes.


2017 INPC Workshop Schedule

Please note. Schedule subject to change. Workshops may move times.  New workshops will be scheduled. Hopefully none of the presenters will cancel.  Consult the schedule board at the event for the up-to-date schedule.  There will be lots of exciting choices every time period.

The main tracks evolving out of this are:
H = Herb Track
G = Greenhouse Track
L = Livestock Track
R = Restoration tTack
F = Food Track
S = Social Track

Saturday: 9:30-10:30 am
Keynote Address: Beyond the Backyard Garden - Expanding Permaculture's Reach, Kareen Erbe.

Workshop Period A
Saturday 10:45 am to 12:15
* Native American Horticulture, Ecology, Ethnobotany and Cosmology. Bill Harp.
* Easy No-till Farming: enabling great productivity with no fertilizer and no irrigation even in low rainfall areas, Charlotte Anthony.
H * Ten Healing Garden Herbs. Elaine Sheff.
G * The Forest Garden Greenhouse. Jerome Osentowski.
H * Herbs & Essential Oils for Home & Petcare. Michelle Mahler.
F * Stan's Simple Steps to Successful Composting. Stan Wilson.
S * Social Permaculture / Social Ecology. William Aal

Workshop Period B
Saturday 2:00 pm to 3:30
H * Essiac - Creating a Model for local production from seed to cup of tea, Debbie Jakovac.
L * Integrating Dogs into Permaculture and Farm Systems. Delyla Wilson.
R * Managing Natural Risk: Creating Greater Site Resilience to Climate Change, * * Drought and Wildfire. Gloria Flora.
F * Building Soil in Hard Ground. Jessica Soza.
* Water Strategies Using Permaculture Principles. Sean Mitzel.
S * Standing Rock. William Halliburton, Dan Nanamkin and other Standing Rock veterans.
H * Wildcrafting Roots, Carla Martinez

Workshop Period C
Saturday 3:45 to 4:15
* Ecological Farming. Charlotte Anthony.
H * Tree Medicine. Elaine Sheff.
G * High Tunnels for Season Extension. Jeremy Cowan.
* So you think eating Raw Food is just eating salads and smoothies, think again! Lynne Pulizzi.
* Cannabis and Permaculture. Michael Sullivan.
R * Restoration on the Rocky Mountain Divide. Rick Sherman.
L * Silvopastures for Ecological Restoration. Gloria Flora.
H * Growing Medicinal herbs for home use or commercially through a permaculture lens. Michael Pilarski

Saturday 8:15 pm – 9:30:
H * Montana Herb Gathering meeting.

Sunday 7:00 – 8:00 am
* Starting with Qi Gong. Ptery Leight.

Workshop Period D
Sunday 10:30 am to 12:00
* Bodies of Water Your Life. Cindy Santi.
F * Creating a food forest on public land: The Beacon Food Forest. Jacqueline Cramer.
S * Towards a Perennial Economy. Jerome Osentowski.
H * Hot Springs Herb Walk. Jesse Christian.
F * Managing annuals in a perennial landscape. Jessica Soza.
* Managing Habitat for Beneficials. Mariah Cornwoman.
L * Chickens, Chickens, Chickens. Stan Wilson.
G * Ott-Kimm Conservatory: A perennial greenhouse.  John Hemighaus,
H * Wildcrafting Ethically & by the Lunar Cycle. Jessica Spurr.

Workshop Period E
Sunday 1:30 pm to 3:00
F * Seed production and cleaning, Bezleel “BZ” Israel.
* Living In Our Ecosystem. Charlotte Anthony.
H * Medicinals Oils and Salve Making. Jessica Spurr.
* The NuMundo experience – Networking the transformational ecosystem, Kevin Blue.
R * Permaculture, restoration and ethnobotany. How they can inform land management practices. Michael Pilarski.
S * Decolonizing Permaculture. William Aal.
* Permaculture Building: Homes without a 30-year mortgage. Kelly Ware.
H * Growing lavender and topics to be announced. Lavender Lori.
L * Hogs and mixed livestock. David Max.

Skillshare, Primitive and Ancestral Skills
* Art of Sacred Living Project, Karie Lee Knoke.
There will be a number of ongoing demos and hands-on activities.

Gabe Gaul, Workshop to be announced.
Jill Russell. Workshop to be announced.

Monday Intensive. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
G * Greenhouse Design & Management by Jerome Osentowski.

Here are the main tracks and workshops:

HERB TRACK

Workshop Period A
H * Ten Healing Garden Herbs. Elaine Sheff.
H * Herbs & Essential Oils for Home & Petcare. Michelle Mahler.

Workshop Period B
H * Essiac - Creating a Model for local production from seed to cup of tea, Debbie Jakovac.
H * Wildcrafting Roots, Carla Martinez

Workshop Period C
H * Tree Medicine. Elaine Sheff.
H * Growing Medicinal herbs commercially through a permaculture lens. Michael Pilarski

Saturday 8:15 pm – 9:30:
H * Montana Herb Gathering meeting.

Workshop Period D
H * Hot Springs Herb Walk. Jesse Christian.
H * Wildcrafting Ethically & by the Lunar Cycle. Jessica Spurr.

Workshop Period E
H * Medicinals Oils and Salve Making. Jessica Spurr.
H * Growing lavender and topics to be announced. Lavender Lori.

GREENHOUSE TRACK

Workshop Period A
G * The Forest Garden Greenhouse. Jerome Osentowski.

Workshop Period C
G * High Tunnels for Season Extension. Jeremy Cowan.

Workshop Period D
G * Ott-Kimm Conservatory: A perennial greenhouse.  John Hemighaus,

LIVESTOCK TRACK

Workshop Period B
L * Integrating Dogs into Permaculture and Farm Systems. Delyla Wilson.

Workshop Period C
L * Silvopastures for Ecological Restoration. Gloria Flora.

Workshop Period D
L * Chickens, Chickens, Chickens. Stan Wilson.  

Workshop Period E
L * Hogs and mixed livestock. David Max.

RESTORATION TRACK

Workshop Period B
R * Managing Natural Risk: Creating Greater Site Resilience to Climate Change, * * Drought and Wildfire. Gloria Flora.

Workshop Period C
R * Restoration on the Rocky Mountain Divide. Rick Sherman.

Workshop Period E
R * Permaculture, restoration and ethnobotany. How they can inform land management practices. Michael Pilarski.

FOOD/GARDENING TRACK

Workshop Period A
F * Stan's Simple Steps to Successful Composting. Stan Wilson.

Workshop Period B
F * Building Soil in Hard Ground. Jessica Soza.

Workshop Period D
F * Creating a food forest on public land: The Beacon Food Forest. Jacqueline Cramer.
F * Managing annuals in a perennial landscape. Jessica Soza.

Workshop Period E
F * Seed production and cleaning, Bezleel “BZ” Israel.

SOCIAL TRACK

Workshop Period A
S * Social Permaculture / Social Ecology. William Aal

Workshop Period B
S * Standing Rock. William Halliburton, Dan Nanamkin and other Standing Rock veterans.

Workshop Period D
S * Towards a Perennial Economy. Jerome Osentowski.

Workshop Period E
S * Decolonizing Permaculture. William Aal.

Many workshops don’t neatly fall into tracks and, of course, many workshops combine elements of several.
1 year ago
Here is a video on this beautiful farm. It is for lease or sale.
Betty Gray of Gray River Farms near Boquete and David Panama (Boquerón to be exact) just minutes from the Costa Rican border is leasing her 3 year permie project. The site is beautiful with a stream, pond, acres of plantain, sweet potato, a treatment facility for bamboo, chickens and a stellar nursery. There are two full time employees there on site. The lease terms would be free rent for 2 years, 25% of profits, 10k deposit returnable at the end of lease, option to buy. I have been there and it is a beautiful area, She also has pig facilities and has been doing some paddock shifting with them. You could live on or off site. The town of Boquerón is a only few miles down with plenty of rentals, some with pools. Its warm there (being that I am from Montana) but not as warm as David. If you want a reality in Panama or Central America, this could be a serious start as she would let you take over her nursery stock, which is an asset right off. I would say Spanish is a must in order to function down there. Call me for any info 406-314-3808 Kelly Ware (permakel@gmail.com) or contact Betty directly, she can Skype with you.  Betty Gray:  wog707@msn.com  This is a generous offer in my estimation!!!
Here are the terms in Betty's words:
If I lease it, I expect the lessee to pay for electricity and to make their own internet contract.

I wish I could find someone from the South of the US, because, people are unrealistic about heat.  Boqueron is not even that hot.  At 1100ft above sealevel, it is much cooler than David is at 46Ft.   If someone does not plan to work on the farm themselves, they will have a hard time making a living with high payroll costs. It has a river, a good well, and a spring-fed pond.  There is also a good road and it is close to the PanAmerican highway.  It is difficult to compare to other properties.

My terms would be:
$10,000 deposit
2 years free rent
Then 25% of the production.
They would repair what is broken, e.g., the chipper, the cement mixer, the well, and tools.  They could use the containers for storage or living quarters, but they would have to maintain them well and keep them clean.  NO trash around on the ground.

There is an air conditioner and windows in the container closest to the bathroom, and,  there are 3 air conditioners there in storage.  If the tools were moved out of the other container of the barn, then they could have a house the size of mine.  While I would buy materials to make it liveable, I would expect them to do the work or hire it done.

If they lived there, they could open the front up as a nursery and see plants.  They can have the plants that are there.  (I am planning to plant all the food plants/trees in April/May)

If someone is serious about getting a start, I cannot imagine better terms.
I would want them to operate on permaculture terms, but if there were situations that might need exceptions, I would want to be consulted for approval.

I would give them first right to buy,
I want $10,000 deposit which I will return at the end of the lease period.  The reason for the deposit is to protect me from damage to my buildings and equipment.  Also, there will be the expense of the legal contract.  I do not want to have people leaving in the night and leaving behind a mess. "

Long term lease is preferred or available.
I always feel called to a scythe. I am between farms and  the book will give the the courage through knowhow to sharpen the blades I have on to scythes I got at a second hand store, short and long blade. Thank you for your work. It coudll be a matter of life and death for our animals.
1 year ago
Sepp Holzer’s American Pilot Project
For Sale (3 purchasing options. please read all and visit website for picts)
$ 10,000.00 Owner’s Referral Fee (after completed Sale)
Strawbale House, 2 Timber Frame Cabins, 30’ Yurt & 2200sqf Home on
25 Acres East Facing Savanna Hillside Rich in Native Plants with stunning views of Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountain Range
25 Acres of Sloped Fenced Pastures Perfect for Livestock
15 Acres of River Birch, Aspen, Cottenwood, Marsh/Wetlands 10 Acres of Hugelcultures, Ponds, Waterways & Gardens
In Dayton, Montana

We are happy to introduce a one of a kind project and opportunity designed by Sepp Holzer in May 2012. (www.Seppholzer.at)
The Land:
A thriving complex of winding hugels that create courtyards filled with permanent raised beds. The hugels are stocked with perennial and self-seeding annual plants. The hugel courtyard, featuring over 1 kilometers of 6’ hugels, is sub-irrigated by surrounding ponds. Much of the courtyard has already been fenced and has additional irrigation installed for the hugels raised beds and gardens. The irrigation is primarily fed by the uppermost pond and features a back-up pump that draws water directly from the lower ponds.
The 3 acres of waterways feature seven distinct water bodies that can be individually regulated. The energized and crystal clear waters of the ponds vary in depth up to 16’ and are primed for a natural aquaculture system; they already host fish and crawdad populations. Each pond has a unique role in the system such as a fish nursery, a swimming hole, providing irrigation, a wildlife habitat & turtle nursery, or growing garden mulch.

In addition the land features 25 acres of beautiful gentle accessible hillside rich in a variety of wildflowers and native plants. 35 acres of sloped fenced pastures with stunning views over Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains, and 25 acres of pristine wetlands that offer bird and wildlife habitat.
The Buildings:

House #1: 2200 sq., 2 story.
2 1/2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Large living area, open kitchen, deck and
patio, large natural stone Fireplace. Electric heat, wood stove.
Completely remodeled in 2010. New pluming, new electric, new metal roof. Beautiful interior finishing’s with an artistic touch including a concrete painted kitchen counter and natural tile custom shower.
House #2: 1700sqf. Super insulated straw bale construction. 1200 sq. of living space with open kitchen with beautiful finished concrete kitchen island and painted concrete window sills. 500 sq. sunroom with floor heating. Composting toilet and bathroom facilities. Soap Stone Wood stove. Plummed for traditional flushing toilet system. Interior finish is rustic but elegant.

House #3: 30 feet diameter Yurt. 3 years old. Walls and floor are insulated. 4 glass, 4 vinyl windows, two doors. Wall to wall carpet; water and electric hook up.
House #4: 2 12X12" Timber frame cabins. Separate, but connected through a common roof. Insulated, wood stove, hot water for shower heated through wood stove. 15" high ceilings, sleeping lofts and outdoor kitchen

The opportunities are endless. The whole place is designed to host multiple enterprises that can include: a market garden, a permaculture plant nursery, aquaculture farm, organic fowl farm, mushroom cultivation, educational workshops, honey production, on farm vegetable sales, seed business, u-pick farm, worm/ insect farm, home brewed fertilizers, and animal and fruit production. Business relations have already been established with restaurants in the surrounding area. A dream come true.
In addition to these buildings there is a two car garage and an old barn
Asking price: $1,000,000.00 Contact info:
Chris Fraser at 406 471 3159 Email: fraser@kw.com Keller Williams Realty Northwest Montana
To see the property go to the Video link https://vimeo.com/169647256



For more detailed information on the history and description of the work
we have done here in the last 5 years please go to www.placeofgathering.com /waterways and gardens

2 years ago

Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Kelly is your place still for sale?

It is on the market and price has been reduced to sell. This is a heartfelt garden that I have spend years building soil, hugelbeds and it is in its best year yet. Years of leaves, wood chips, mycelium innoculants, horticultural molasses, cover crops, biochar and worms. A King Strofaria mushroom patch with a view of the lake, lots of plans that are ready to go, greenhouse started, grape vines, ramada, and new/ refinished wood/ fake wood floors, A great charming home and excellent summer Air Bnb income maker. Double lot, side lot is worth 60k alone. Lots of birds and quiet for being in the small town.
2 years ago
Plant sale! on donations! comfrey, jerusalum artichokes, sumac-three kinds. russian sage and white sage, allium seeds and bulbs, daffodils, etc. frutillaria, apple trees, pears, maples, mulberries, tons of comfrey, other perennials for grabs. on donation basis, come to 601 4th ave east, call first, 406-314-3808, bring boxes have your holes dug and ready for trees. Come before the end of Aug.
3 years ago