Permaculture Forest Gardener Certificate Course 2020

February 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Resiliency Institute
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd
Naperville, IL 60565
Connie Kollmeyer

The Resiliency Institute Permaculture Forest Gardener Certificate Series

9:00 am -12:00pm one Saturday a month for 9 months, beginning February 08, 2020.

This highly interactive Permaculture Forest Gardener course will introduce you to permaculture and teach you the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. 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,Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden 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.

This year will offer a Certificate option for those who complete all coursework and quizzes, and a graduation party to CELEBRATE all your new knowledge on December 5th.

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. Edible and Native Plant Selection & Installation to Rewild our Landscapes
  3. Maintenance:  Weeding, Watering, Fertilizing
  4. Harvesting & Preparation (Food, medicine, value add products)
  5. Preservation and propagation
  6. Hibernation/Composting/Mulching – closing the loop

INSTRUCTOR: Connie Kollmeyer, Program Manager of The Resiliency Institute


Saturdays:  9:00 am - 12:00pm
Feb 8, Mar 7, Apr 11, May 2, June 13, July 11, NO AUGUST, Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 14

GRADUATION Ceremony with family & friends:  Dec 5

Plan to attend all classes. Make up classes cannot be offered.

Suggested Materials:

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

Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison

Gaia’s Garden  by Toby Hemenway

Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide by Aranya

Food not Lawns by Heather  Flores


Class is limited to 18 students.

Includes all supplies and take-home materials, for payment received by:

October 1-31: $440 Check/$460 PayPal

November 1-30: $455 Check/$475 PayPal

December 1-31: $470 Check/$490 PayPal

January 1-30: $485 Check/$500 PayPal

Due to the limited class size, in order to avoid restricting others from registering for the class, your registration is not complete until a minimum $150, non-refundable, deposit is received.  Payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Connie Kollmeyer for assistance:  connie@theresiliencyinstitute.net

*Your participation makes our "Growing Food Security" programs possible-- THANK YOU!