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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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Education

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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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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Congratulations to the first 5 students to receive The Resiliency Institute Edible Wild Plants Certificate! These students dedicated themselves to learning 220 local edible wild plants over the course of one year, prepared edible wild plant recipes, and passed four exams to earn their certificate. On Tuesday, we enjoyed a wild plant potluck and graduation celebration in their honor. At the potluck we enjoyed so many delicious foods – wild spinach bake, wild lasagna, wild rice and mushroom casserole, sauteed […]

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Come join us in celebrating the first recipients of The Resiliency Institute Edible Wild Plants Certificate! Invite family and friends to enjoy community and learn a little about edible wild plants and our certificate program.  We will organize casual edible wild plant walks around the farm led by the graduates (weather permitting). The festivities will begin with a welcome social and shared meal. We request that people bring a dish to share – main, side, dessert, or beverage.  We encourage […]

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