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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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Marie Canning 101

Marie Herman is a new instructor at The Resiliency Institute and wowed us with her organization, knowledge and experience while teaching back-to-back canning classes last Saturday. This is the third class I have taken with Marie and she continues to impress. She has great handouts, displays many books and supplies, and always shares tasty samples. She is a natural teacher and everyone enjoys her classes. Here are a few comments from Saturday’s Canning 101 class: “Great class! Marie is a […]

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Whole Foods Market Naperville will hold a 5% Community Giving Day on Wednesday, September 17, to support the building of a demonstration edible forest garden by The Resiliency Institute on The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm. Bring the family and enjoy our in store activity. The Whole Foods Market store is located at 2607 W. 75th Street in Naperville and open from 8 am to 10 pm.

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Jodi and I enjoyed our weekend at the North American Permaculture Convergence. Thanks to all of the support we have received from the TRI community we were able to sponsor this inaugural event and finally meet many of the permaculture “elders” like Michael Pilarski, Jude Hobbs, Penny Livingston, Scott Pittman, Will Hooker, Toby Hemenway, Jillian Hovey, Peter Bane, Wayne Weiseman, and Sandy Cruz.

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