What to Start Growing When You Can’t Wait for Spring

Gardeners often have a hard time waiting through the last stretch at the end of winter for spring to arrive so they can get their hands in the soil and start planting. Did you know you can scatter seeds for your favorite native plants already, right now, in February? In nature, the seeds would not be stored inside for winter and then planted when the ground warms up in the spring. The seeds would fall from the plants or be scattered on the breeze or


Living Seasonally, Observing, and Interacting With Our Yards and Gardens in Winter

January this year seemed to be having a bit of an identity crisis. We had the usual cold, snowy January days, then some extremely cold days, and then, bam! Spring! I was SO excited for spring to be here so soon! I’ve never been a big fan of winter and I usually view it as something I just need to get through. I hunker down and wait it out. I go into my own version of hibernation that involves a lot of hot tea, homemade soup, hoodies or sweaters, fires in the fireplace, and leaving the house as little as possible. I was overjoyed that my winter wait was over! The sun was shining, birds were chirping, and temperatures were in the fifties! I was ready to go hiking or go outside to work in my garden! I was all jump-up-and-down excited inside when I first thought of my garden, but then mild anxiety struck. My garden! I was so behind!


Announcing Bioregional Herbalism Certificate Course

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Certification Course
The Resiliency Institute is excited to announce our
2015 Bioregional Herbalism Certificate Course

The course will be taught by Linda Conroy, founder of Moonwise Herbs and the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. We have had the pleasure of hosting Linda Conroy for several weekend workshops in 2013 and 2014 and have enjoyed her energy, teaching style, and wealth of knowledge. It is with much excitement that we invite Linda back in 2015 to teach a Bioregional Herbalism Certificate Course.

The TRI Bioregional Herbalism Certificate Course will focus on teaching students how to incorporate herbs into their daily life to promote health and to develop the skills to use herbs for everyday ailments and injuries. Students will be led on plant walks where they will learn to identify and harvest herbs seasonally for food and medicine. In the classroom, students will be guided through the process of transforming plants into herbal preparations. Each weekend includes instruction, plant walks, hands on projects, snacks and time to reflect and ask questions.

The course will meet one weekend a month for eight months beginning March 14th and ending October 18th.  Click here for full course details.

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The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Certification Course

Darren Doherty – Why Regenerative is Better than Sustainable

Darren Doherty images

Darren Doherty is here all the way from Australia to share his Regrarian style of permaculture with us. Enjoy this FREE opportunity to meet Darren, gain new insight and knowledge, and build your permaculture community.

Darren has extensive experience across the world in permaculture project design, development & management. A career-­long focus on the profitable retrofit of broad acre landscapes has seen Darren acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field. He is a Certified Whole Farm Planner (University of Melbourne), Approved Keyline® Designer, Accredited Permaculture Trainer (APT®), Certified in Workplace Training & Assessment and formerly a Registered Teacher of the ‘The Permaculture Institute.’

Limited seating so please register for this free event by August 14th.

The M.A. Center Chicago is hosting Darren for a four day workshop Saturday, August 16th – Tuesday, August 19th. Click here for more info.

Homestead Cheesemaking

Separating curds from whey
Separating curds from whey

What a treat to host Linda Conroy this past weekend to teach Cheese Making.  She is so knowledgeable, skilled and nurturing, that you want to go home with her to have her teach you everything she knows and feed you nourishing foods.  For those who have met her, I am sure you agree.  I am so happy we are inviting her back in February to teach soap making and in June to teach fermenting and herbal remedy making.  Don't miss these opportunities to learn from Linda.  She is truly an herbal/homesteading goddess.