Michael Thompson, Director of Inspiration

Principal Architect of Ecosystems Design Inc., beer brewer, bread baker, tree whisperer, and gardener. Michael has led the establishment of the Heritage Fruit Tree Project and since 2009 has documented hundreds of trees in the Roaring Fork Valley and pruning many of them. Known by every locovore in the area he is a pillar of the local food movement and an inspiration to many. 




Jerome Osentowski, The Tree Sage

After building a permaculture demonstration site for 30 years at 7,600ft in Basalt, CO Jerome knows how to build soil and grow food at high elevation. The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) boasts 4 off the grid greenhouses growing everything from figs to flowers. He has been successfully grafting heritage fruit trees from this area for years and CRMPI be the Heritage Fruit Tree Project's source for planting trees.

Jimmy Dula, Fundraising Manager/Fungal enthusiast

Founder of Colorado Soil Systems, LLC, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and always chasing some snow. Jimmy established a fungal library at Aspen High School and provides organic landscape management services and consulting through Colorado Soil Systems. As the cherry's biggest fan, he is working to support and grow local food economies every change he gets.