About Us

Vision

Communities of people caring for the earth, for each other,
and for future generations

 

Mission

Transforming the suburbs into resilient permaculture communities

Experience

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Ferry Forest Garden

A public edible forest garden on a third-acre of DuPage County right-of-way land along the Illinois Prairie Path. The goal of this project is to establish an alternative, productive use for right-of-way land. Site work for this project began in the fall of 2014 and continues with the goal of a public dedication ceremony in summer, 2017.

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Northern Illinois Food Bank Growing Food Security Garden

In the fall of 2014 we donated and installed a fruit tree guild at the Northern Illinois Food Bank to demonstrate a permaculture strategy for growing food security. Our hope is to receive a grant to launch a "Growing Food Security" garden program that will fund the planting of fruit tree guilds at the food bank's network partner locations.

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Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden

In May 2013 we began designing the first edible forest garden in Naperville on The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm. Installation of the 130' x 50' garden began in the fall of 2013 and was publicly dedicated in May, 2016.

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Darren Doherty Permaculture Theory & Practicums

In August 2014 Jodi and Michelle spent four and a half days learning from Darren Doherty as he applied his "Regrarian" style of permaculture to the 140 acre MA Center property in Elburn, IL.

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Mark Shepard Restoration Agriculture 101 - Keyline Farm Design

In August 2013 Jodi and Michelle participated in an instructional hands-on experience with Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture and manager of New Forest Farm, a permaculture farmstead.  On Versaland Farm in Iowa City, they practiced site evaluation and assessment, implemented keyline design using laser levels and a Yeomans-style subsoil ripper, determined proper pond site selection, and learned about silvopasture layout.

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6th Ward Edible Forest Garden

In July 2013, Jodi and Michelle participated in a week long design charette for the 6th Ward Edible Forest Garden in Helena, MT led by Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens Vol 1 & 2.  This experience honed their site assessment and design skills while fostering collaboration, leadership, and community.

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Amma Center Food Forest

In April 2013 Jodi and Michelle volunteered their labor to install a section of food forest at the MA Center Chicago under the tutelage of John Scheffy, a permaculture farmer and consultant.  They learned about managing a large volume of water through the use of swales and hugelkultur beds, plus bare root planting and proper use of inoculants.

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Permaculture Design Certificate

Jodi and Michelle both received their Permaculture Design Certificate from Midwest Permaculture in 2012 & 2013 respectively.