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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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Activate your PERMIE POWERS to help us build a demonstration edible forest garden that will inspire property owners to replace their lawns with perennial food systems at their homes, schools, churches, places of work, or municipalities. Replacing underutilized land with edible food forests will grow a local food system where everyone has access to local, healthy, organic, nutrient dense fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs. People will experience the taste of fresh picked produce and reconnect with where food comes from. […]

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The Edible Forest Garden has a new twig arbor thanks to Bill Dawe! Jodi and I mentioned at one of our Permablitz events that we wanted to add an arbor at the entrance to the forest garden and Bill offered to help us make that happen. He assembled the branches, brought the tools, and put us all to work.  It sure is amazing what can be done with a few friends, tools and creativity.  

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Last Monday we spent the evening with Andrew & Teri Hill at their home in Wheaton along with many fellow suburban permaculturists. The Hill’s suburban home has been transitioning from lawn to permaculture garden since about 2010, soon after they earned their Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) from Wayne Weiseman, Bill Wilson, and Mark Shepard. As all good permaculturists do, Andrew & Teri started with water. Their yard had major flooding issues before they installed a rain garden, swale, and french […]

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