Permaculture Forest Gardener Series: Introduction to Permaculture

October 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
The Resiliency Institute
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd
Naperville, IL 60565
Jodi Trendler


The Resiliency Institute Permaculture Forest Gardener Series meets 9:30am -12:00pm one Sunday a month for 8 months, beginning February 12, 2017.

Learn how to transform your own yard, school, workplace or park into an edible forest garden. Forest gardens are modeled after woodlands – planted in layers of edible species of trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, roots, vines, and fungi. Over time they become diverse ecosystems that produce abundant food and medicine for people; food and habitat for wildlife; areas for nature exploration and learning; soil regeneration and carbon sequestration systems; community building opportunities; and peaceful places for reconnecting humans and nature.

Whole Foods Market Edible Forest GardenThis highly interactive Permaculture Forest Gardener series will introduce you to permaculture and teach you the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. The Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden, designed & installed by The Resiliency Institute volunteers on The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm beginning in 2013, will be the outdoor classroom where you will gain hands-on experience with:

  1. Site & Human systems Assessment
  2. Plant Selection & Installation
  3. Maintenance:  Weeding, Watering, Fertilizing
  4. Harvesting & Preparation (Food, medicine, value add products)
  5. Preservation
  6. Hibernation/Composting/Mulching – closing the loop
Today's class is Introduction to Permaculture

Permaculture is a philosophy for designing resilient systems for lifestyle, land, and community.  The ethics of care of people, care of the earth, and fair share guide our thinking and actions when creating any permaculture design, whether for our garden, our business, our community policies, or our family dinners. You will learn how permaculture design applies to all of these scenarios and how it can be used to create systems of regeneration and abundance from soils and food to financials and economy to friends, family and free time.


Instructor:  Jodi Trendler, Co-Founder & President of The Resiliency Institute

Series Dates: 2nd Sundays of the month      9:30-12:00
Feb 12     Mar 12      Apr 9     May 6 (Sat)    Jun 11    July 9     Sep 10    Oct 15

Suggested materials:

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren
(eBook available here)

The Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell  (available from instructor)

Gaia’s Garden  by Toby Hemenway

Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide by Aranya

Fee: $245 for the series (mailed check), $265 if paying via Paypal, or $40 per class if not registering for series.  All supplies and take-home materials included.

Check payments are preferred and can be mailed to our business office: The Resiliency Institute, P.O. Box 5721, Naperville, IL 60567. Once payment is received your seat will be reserved.