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Food Forest

A Food Forest is a gardening technique or land management system that mimics a woodland ecosystem but substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.  Companions or beneficial plants are included as insectaries, pest confusers, dynamic accumulators, nitrogen fixers, and mulch plants. Together they create relationships to form a forest garden ecosystem able to produce high yields of food with minimal maintenance.  Food forests can play a significant role in cultivating community food security and reconnecting people with nature. Why […]

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Suburban Permaculture

People have become increasingly concerned with the resiliency of our food, water, energy and economic systems and are looking for personal and community security.  This has propelled a global permaculture movement that is permeating the United States and has made its way to the Midwest.  Permaculture has traditionally been used to design systems for large land areas, but recently people have discovered how the principles can be applied to any piece of land or living situation. The suburbs have been […]

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The Resiliency Institute provides permaculture and re-skilling education to the suburban population. We offer evening and weekend classes, workshops, and certification courses. Classes are taught by knowledgeable and experienced regional instructors with class sizes ranging from 6 -30 attendees. Whether you are a novice or an expert, you will find a class that is right for you. Most education courses, unless otherwise noted, are taught at the Clow Education Center on The Conservation Foundation McDonald Farm at 10S404 Knoch Knolls […]

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Date:    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Time:    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Place:   The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565 FREE, but donations to The Resiliency Institute are appreciated RSVP Here Local food forms the basis of a new economy that will occupy most Americans for the remainder of the century.  Author Peter Bane will discuss the emergence of garden farms in and around cities and how they can help us stabilize both our economy and the climate. […]

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4 PDC Scholarships have been made available due to the generosity of an individual who supports our efforts and believes in the benefits of a permaculture education to create resilient communities.   Apply for $300 Scholarship    Application deadline:  February 7, 2014 Results will be announced via email:  February 10, 2014

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Separating curds from whey

What a treat to host Linda Conroy this past weekend to teach Cheese Making.  She is so knowledgeable, skilled and nurturing, that you want to go home with her to have her teach you everything she knows and feed you nourishing foods.  For those who have met her, I am sure you agree.  I am so happy we are inviting her back in February to teach soap making and in June to teach fermenting and herbal remedy making.  Don’t miss […]

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