Welcome to our Resources Page where you will find information to support your transition to a suburban permaculture lifestyle, landscape and community.

Local Food


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):
a system in which a farm operation is supported by shareholders within the community who share both the benefits and risks of food production. CSA's usually consist of vegetables, eggs, meat, and/or fruit.

CSA's we have personally used:

List of CSA's

Grocery Co-ops

Eat Local DuPage Facebook page is a great place to join others in bulk purchases of local foods like maple syrup, beans, and popcorn.




Alliance for Community Trees
Advocates for public trees

IndieBound Naperville
Support Local & Independent Naperville Businesses

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Education & Advocacy for solar & wind energy

Illinois Stewardship Alliance
Advocates for Local Food

Missouri Botanical Gardens
Database of plants & resources

Permaculture Lessons by Professor William Hooker, NC State University

Permaculture Principles
David Holmgren's site

Permaculture Magazine (UK)


Plants for a Future (UK)
Database of plants & resources
News, research, and analysis on energy, economy, environment, food & water, and society

Savana Institute
Research & education for transitioning farms to silvo-pasture

Temperate Climate Permaculture
Blog, Plant Index, resources

Transition US or Transition Network

Crowdfunding for a Permaculture Design Course




Ferry Forest Garden tree planting

We are in USDA Hardiness Zone 5a. Ideally you order plants that have been grown in your hardiness zone or a zone colder, but sourcing from ecologically responsible growers is our priority. This is a list of nurseries that we have personal experience with and recommend. Most of these nurseries sell bare root and will be sold out by February.

Fruit Trees & Fruiting Shrubs



Plant Fruit Trees Brochure


Permaculture Library

Creating a Forest Garden by Martin Crawford

Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway

Edible Forest Gardens Vol 1 & 2 by David Jacke and Erin Toensmeier

Intro to Permaculture by Bill Mollison

Nature's Garden by Samuel Thayer

Permaculture: Principles & Pathways beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren

The Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell

The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillps

The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins

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