Permaculture Community

IMG_2617Learning permaculture from a book, or even many books, and videos, didn't prepare me for the power of permaculture design.  For eight years I looked at my plot of land and tried, but knew I wasn't getting it.  I installed rain barrels, tried keyhole gardens for my annuals, interplanted garlic, onions, chives and such with my perennial bee and bird garden, planted an abundance of natives, and so on, but that is not permaculture.

Most of what I did was in isolation, without regard to how it all functions together, and after the drought last year, I knew my water management strategy was seriously flawed.  Two rain barrels positioned on the other side of the house from the gardens, not only made hauling water labor intensive, but two rain barrels only hold about 100 gallons of water.  Not much when there are weeks with no rain.

So, after taking a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and really delving into Edible Forest Gardens and Food Forests, I really got permaculture.  Now the only limits have been manpower, time, and resources.  All of which can be solved with community.

Community is a vital element of permaculture and with it you can achieve your permaculture goals.  Community is there to help you dig, plant, design, eat, laugh, relax, support, and give.  Permaculturists are generous people.  They share what they have with joy.  No project is too big or difficult when you have a community.

Jodi and I have been fortunate to discover many wonderfully supportive people who make up our community and have helped us get The Resiliency Institute started.  Each person has supported our efforts in a myriad of ways and introduced us to another who has done the same.

We want to share this abundance with you and include you in our community.  We all have something to offer and receive from others.  So, we invite you to come to our first Permaculture Community meeting, Thursday, May 9th (7-9pm).  Let's meet each other, share our ideas and create a permaculture community.


fruit trees, herb spiral, compost, bees, water management, keyhole garden

Permaculture is an empowering philosophy that establishes a design system, techniques and strategies for developing an abundant and resilient life.  It is applicable to all aspects of human living, in homes and gardens, schools, businesses, community spaces, cities and countryside. It is the mission of The Resiliency Institute to spread permaculture through our educational programming: speaking at events, hosting classes, workshops, hands-on trainings, and Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses.

Please visit our Course Calendar to register for an upcoming course.

As we are developing programming, we welcome comments on types of classes (classrooms, hands-on demonstrations, design), site visits, collaborative partnerships, or other supportive comments.

Suburban Permaculture

People have become increasingly concerned with the resiliency of our food, water, energy and economic systems and are looking for personal and community security.  This has propelled a global permaculture movement that is permeating the United States and has made its way to the Midwest.  Permaculture has traditionally been used to design systems for large land areas, but recently people have discovered how the principles can be applied to any piece of land or living situation.

The suburbs have been maligned for being wasteful with resources, and they are very wasteful, but since we cannot undo the suburbs, we have to figure out how to reduce their resource consumption.  Suburban permaculture is the answer!  We can apply permaculture ethics, principles, and design concepts to the suburban landscape to transform them into productive self-sustaining communities rich in social capital, and which are economically and environmentally resilient.

The Resiliency Institute is uniquely qualified to educate the suburban population on the application of permaculture, because this is where we live and work!  We can help you detox from your lawn addiction, by designing an edible forest garden with a water management feature where you can relax and harvest your delicious fruits, nuts and vegetables.  Share your harvest with friends and neighbors, invite them to help you preserve the harvest, and enjoy a harvest meal together - all great ways to foster community.  Your children will experience a new environment rich in learning opportunities and may surprise you by eating their veggies.

Visit our course calendar.