Time to rebuild
October 10, 2007
This letter is in response to Monday’s cover story “Fire ravages two decades of work” and the blackened devastation at the Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute early Sunday morning. Jerome Osentowski, the director of this worthy nonprofit, did suffer a horrible loss. But so did all valley residents. His special greenhouse used no fossil fuels yet was capable of growing banana plants and artichokes at over 7,000 feet. This model of local food production is growing increasingly relevant in the age of global warming and peaking oil production.
I spoke with Jerome, and even though he is at an age when many are retiring to milder climes he knows the work is too critical to stop now. To help bring this green phoenix back from the ashes, I would like to ask your readers to join me in supporting the rebuilding of this educational centerpiece ” which will someday play a role in feeding us all. Tax deductible donations may be mailed to CRMPI, P.O. Box 631, Basalt, CO 81621. Thank you.
and Brook Le Van, director,
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