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Edible Forest Gardens

An Edible Forest Garden is a land management system that mimics a woodland ecosystem but substitutes in fruit and nut bearing trees and shrubs, perennial vegetables, herbs, flowering and medicinal plants.  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.  Edible forest gardens can play a significant role in cultivating community food […]

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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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Suburban Permaculture Tour


The Resiliency Institute offers 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 Road in Naperville, IL.   PERMACULTURE The word “permaculture” was […]

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Mountain Rose Herbs has generously sponsored a full scholarship for one person to participate in The Resiliency Institute Biorgeional Herbalism Certificate course in 2015! The $1450 Mountain Rose Herbs scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who demonstrates financial need and presents a plan for using knowledge gained to positively impact her community. Applications are due by December 5, 2014, so APPLY NOW. We are also offering: 30% work study opportunity – a selected applicant will save $375 plus experience […]

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Edible Wild Plants Certificate Banner_940

For those of you who have had at least one experience foraging wild food, you understand how it changes your vision. When walking, biking, and driving your eyes are now drawn to finding food amongst the plants and trees. It is like a whole new world has opened up and invited you in. You find yourself taking photos and asking friends with more experience, “Can I eat this?”  Facebook has groups where people post photos of their discoveries and ask […]

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Permablitz TRI_119_1115

  In permaculture when the leaves fall it is time to SHEET MULCH! Doesn’t that sound like an exciting way to spend a few hours? C’mon we know you want to help us lay cardboard, shovel, wheelbarrow, and rake leaves and mulch on your weekend. Ok, so it isn’t a great party or sporting event, but it is a community changing experience. The Resiliency Institute and VOLUNTEERS are building permaculture edible forest gardens to:

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