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Building a Permaculture

McDonald Farm Edible Forest Garden, Fall 2013

The McDonald Farm Edible Forest Garden project is beginning to take shape thanks to all of the Permablitz volunteers and sponsors!
Permablitz Volunteers

Jane, Charlotte, Kyle, Jean, Paul, Dennis, Sarah, Justin, Jan, Joe, Casey, Phil, Karen, Dan, Dave, Beth, Emilee, Chris, Margaret, Carrie, Donna, Aidan, Colin, Mary, Bill, Mike, Jeff, Chuck and Dan.

Sponsors

T & M Tree Service
Colorblends
Evergreens of Elwood
City of Naperville

 

We are so grateful to have a community of people who are not only interested in permaculture but are helping us build a permaculture right here in Naperville. This fall we accomplished:

  • digging the swales, spillways, and rain garden;
  • building the berms and hugelkultur beds;
  • planting the dwarf fruit trees and bulbs;
  • and sheet mulched the area.
Digging swales
Digging swales
Building a hugelkultur bed
Building a hugelkultur bed
Digging a spillway
Digging a spillway
Digging fruit tree holes
Digging fruit tree holes
Planting a fruit tree
Planting a fruit tree
Sheet mulching
Sheet mulching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope to see some new faces at our 2014 Permablitz events!  Spring will be a busy time planting the rest of the trees, shrubs, herbaceous and ground cover plants, installing the paths, building the bridges and arbors, creating and installing signage, and a myriad of other details.


Donations and sponsorships are still needed to fund this project.  Your contribution will make the McDonald Farm Edible Forest Garden a reality, providing people an opportunity to experience permaculture first hand and learn how they can replace their lawns with edible plants and trees.   About 8,000 people visit The Conservation Foundation McDonald Farm every year to participate in events, pick up their Green Earth Institute organic CSA share, and attend our classes and events.  Let’s provide them with a beautiful edible forest garden to harvest from, relax in, and learn from.

  • $10 will buy a large plant or a few ground cover plants
  • $20 will buy a shrub
  • $40 will buy a small tree
  • $70 will buy a large tree
  • $100 will buy 5 shrubs
  • $200 will buy 3 dwarf fruit trees or 10 shrubs

Material donations of plants, trees, arbors, wooden bridges, and signage are appreciated or lend your skills to help us build them.

Click here for the McDonald Farm Edible Forest Garden Sponsor Form.