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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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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” […]

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The Resiliency Institute is offering a Permaculture Design Course beginning October 22, 2015 that will follow a 3 weekend (4-4-3) commuter style format to accommodate working adults and caregivers enabling them to be home with their families each evening and spreading the learning over a 4 week period.  REGISTER NOW! The philosophy within permaculture is one of working with rather than against nature, and of protracted and thoughtful observation. Permaculture design techniques encourage land use that integrates principles of ecology […]

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“As I move slowly through the forest I notice the leaves of jewelweed whirling in different directions in the cool, sweet breeze; small bees flying, landing on a flower, drinking nectar, then flying to the next flower; the busy ants working together to carry various loads to their destination; a blue jay welcome call…” “I notice that in the beginning I have to consciously slow myself down, that my mind and body are adjusting to a new pace. As the […]

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Nourish, nourish, nourish is a mantra you will hear often from Linda Conroy, owner of Moonwise Herbs and The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Certificate instructor. Linda believes and teaches her students that an herbalist begins the path of healing through nourishment. Linda Conroy is a bioregional herbalist as well as a whole and wild food activist. Her life is dedicated to connecting with the green world and her primary mentors are the plants who never cease to instill a sense […]

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