The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) is a 501(c)(3) sustainable agricultural education center where ecological gardening, edible landscaping, market farming, forest gardening, horticultural and sustainability skills, and greenhouse design and management have been taught since 1987. CRMPI empowers individuals and communities to become healthy and resilient through sustainable cultivation of abundant foods and natural resources. By providing workshops, courses, internships and a demonstration site, CRMPI has taught over 3,000 students/interns from around the world to practice sustainable living through permaculture. It also provides tours and field trips to the public, giving many insights to the value of permaculture in food sustainability and security.
Sample tropical fruits from our on-site edible nursery. Chat with founder and director Jerome Osentowski and connect with our faculty and grads, some of whom are also recognized permaculture leaders! Discover why we don’t just inspire hope for the future. At CRMPI, we live it, breathe it, build it…and teach it.
Over the coming year, CRMPI will undertake a succession-, financial- and strategic-planning process, involving the board, staff and other stakeholders in the organization. This will have to occur while CRMPI continues to carry out its ongoing educational programs, so it will place additional burdens on staff and will require extra resources outside of the operations budget.
The process will consist of the following:
The product of this process will be:
The overall result of this process will be a re-energized, strategically refocused CRMPI that is ready to begin developing a new suite of programs designed to support and accelerate the growth of the Roaring Fork Valley’s local agriculture economy.
Funding this transformation is a high-leverage investment. It will bootstrap a small, inspiring but underperforming organization into one that is appropriately scaled and structured to deliver major benefits to our valley community – to schoolchildren and their parents and teachers, to local farmers building a more resilient local food ecosystem, and to consumers who will benefit from healthy, local food choices.
Please consider donating to this succession process!
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