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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” […]

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Food security is achieved when “all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life,” according to the World Health Organization. With 1 in 8 families facing hunger in Northern Illinois, our suburban communities are not food secure. The current food system’s dependency on cheap fossil fuels and transportation infrastructure cannot be sustained as resources become constrained, not to mention the impacts their practices have on soil, air, water, and human […]

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The Resiliency Institute 2015 3 weekend PDC with Peter Bane, Keith Johnson & Rhonda Baird

The Resiliency Institute is offering a Permaculture Design Course beginning October 1, 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 6 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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For the next two years, the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge will focus on food systems and who better to tackle this challenge then a team of permaculturists and biomimics!  Tonight, February 12th, at 9 pm a Kickoff webinar is being hosted to cover the details of the challenge and we are hosting a brainstorming potluck on Friday, February 20th beginning at 6:30 pm at our location on McDonald Farm (10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville). Come and share your ideas for […]

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