Classes

The Resiliency Institute offers courses, classes and events that empower people to live, grow, and build resilient lifestyles, landscapes and communities. Take courses like Permaculture Forest Gardener, Bioregional Herbalism, and Edible Wild Plants. Join us for Nature Rx with Shinrin-yoku/Forest Therapy, and Forest Yoga. Women can connect monthly during WILD Woman Project Circles. Find us throughout the Chicagoland area speaking and exhibiting about fruit tree guilds, permaculture, growing food security, renewable energy, and resiliency. Enjoy opportunities to connect at our plant sales, Permablitzs, potlucks, fundraisers and more.

Oct
22
Tue
Permaculture Plants – Canopy Layer Plants: Fruits 1:  Stone Fruit, Selection and Care + Pruning 101
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs and this class will provide you the information you need to start or add to your permaculture forest garden this year.  Tonight you will learn about some of our favorite sweet trees:  Peaches, Cherries, Plums, Nectarines – YUM! Learn how to select, plant, grow and harvest from them.  If you are going to grow fruit trees you also need to learn how to prune, so in this class you will learn and practice the basics of pruning to keep your trees productive and healthy. 

We will also learn to make spiced plums, a perfect warming food for fall and winter eating and great for gift giving!

Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist of at least seven layers – fungi, groundcovers, vines, herbaceous, shrubs, sub-canopy trees, canopy trees. Over the course of four months, learn about the plants commonly used within each layer including varieties, care and maintenance, ecology, best application, harvesting, and uses. For each layer we’ll discuss 15-40 plants empowering you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively incorporate a full range of tasty, functional species into your permaculture garden!

 

This series of three classes on the forest garden canopy layer will give you everything you need to know to create an abundant, well-integrated shrub support system.  Take one or take them all!

  • 10/15:  Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens + Seed Saving 101:  Learn some of the amazing nut producing trees we can grow here and what forest garden plants to install with them.  Also, you will learn some seed saving tips and techniques, which is an important way to grow abundance and savings! (Bring in nuts to share/show; collect seeds for take home)
  • 10/22:  Fruits 1:  Stone Fruit, Selection and Care + Pruning 101: Peaches, Cherries, Plums, Nectarines – YUM! If you are going to grow fruit trees you also need to learn how to prune, so in this class you will learn and practice the basics of pruning to keep your trees productive and healthy. 
  • 10/29:  Fruit Trees 2:  Natives and Non-Stone Fruit + Biological Management: In this class you will learn about some of the delicious food producing and useful native trees that we can grow in our area. Also, when you garden intensively you need to learn the proper strategies for keeping pests at bay, so after learning about some of the critters you need to keep an eye open for you will learn how to make a natural spray to keep your plants healthy and protected.  

Connie-Kollmeyer-headshot-2019     Instructor:  Connie Kollmeyer


Suggested texts:

The Holistic Orchard – Michael Phillips   

Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops, Martin Crawford 

Landscaping with Fruit – Lee Reich

Edible Landscaping –  Rosalyn Creasey

Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture – J. Russell Smith

 

 


Tuition*:
Take the full Series for $80 or take them individually
Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens – $30
Fruits 1:  Stone Fruit, Selection and Care – $30
Fruit Trees 2:  Natives and Non-Stone Fruit– $30

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR EACH SESSION IS THE MONDAY PRIOR TO THE CLASS DATE.  

Click Green ticket at top to register.


*Your participation makes our “Growing Food Security” programs possible– THANK YOU!

Oct
29
Tue
Permaculture Plants – Canopy Layer Plants: Fruit Trees 2:  Natives and Non-Stone Fruit + Biological Management
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs and this class will provide you the information you need to start or add to your permaculture forest garden this year.  Tonight you will learn about some of our amazing and delicious native trees we have available to use in our area.

 

Also, when you garden intensively you need to learn the proper strategies for keeping pests at bay, so after learning about some of the critters you need to keep an eye open for you will learn how to make and take home a natural spray to keep your plants healthy and protected. 

 

Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist of at least seven layers – fungi, groundcovers, vines, herbaceous, shrubs, sub-canopy trees, canopy trees. Over the course of four months, learn about the plants commonly used within each layer including varieties, care and maintenance, ecology, best application, harvesting, and uses. For each layer we’ll discuss 15-40 plants empowering you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively incorporate a full range of tasty, functional species into your permaculture garden!

 

This series of three classes on the forest garden canopy layer will give you everything you need to know to create an abundant, well-integrated shrub support system.  Take one or take them all!

  • 10/15:  Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens + Seed Saving 101:  Learn some of the amazing nut producing trees we can grow here and what forest garden plants to install with them.  Also, you will learn some seed saving tips and techniques, which is an important way to grow abundance and savings! (Bring in nuts to share/show; collect seeds for take home)
  • 10/22:  Fruits 1:  Stone Fruit, Selection and Care + Pruning 101: Peaches, Cherries, Plums, Nectarines – YUM! If you are going to grow fruit trees you also need to learn how to prune, so in this class you will learn and practice the basics of pruning to keep your trees productive and healthy. 
  • 10/29:  Fruit Trees 2:  Natives and Non-Stone Fruit + Biological Management: In this class you will learn about some of the delicious food producing and useful native trees that we can grow in our area. Also, when you garden intensively you need to learn the proper strategies for keeping pests at bay, so after learning about some of the critters you need to keep an eye open for you will learn how to make a natural spray to keep your plants healthy and protected.  

Connie-Kollmeyer-headshot-2019  Instructor: Connie Kollmeyer


Suggested texts:

The Holistic Orchard – Michael Phillips

Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops, Martin Crawford 

Landscaping with Fruit – Lee Reich

Edible Landscaping –  Rosalyn Creasey

Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture – J. Russell Smith


Tuition*:
Take the Series for $80 or take them individually
Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens – $30
Fruits 1:  Stone Fruit, Selection and Care – $30
Fruit Trees 2:  Natives and Non-Stone Fruit– $30

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR EACH SESSION IS THE MONDAY PRIOR TO THE CLASS DATE.  

Click green ticket button at the top to register.

*Your participation makes our “Growing Food Security” programs possible– THANK YOU!