Congratulations Edible Wild Plants Certificate Recipients

Congratulations to the first 5 students to receive The Resiliency Institute Edible Wild Plants Certificate!

These students dedicated themselves to learning 220 local edible wild plants over the course of one year, prepared edible wild plant recipes, and passed four exams to earn their certificate. On Tuesday, we enjoyed a wild plant potluck and graduation celebration in their honor.

TRI Edible Wild Plants Certificate Graduates 2014

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Edible Wild Plants Potluck & Celebration!

Come join us in celebrating the first recipients of
The Resiliency Institute Edible Wild Plants Certificate!

Invite family and friends to enjoy community and learn a little about edible wild plants and our certificate program.  We will organize casual edible wild plant walks around the farm led by the graduates (weather permitting).

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It all begins with a Fruit Tree Guild

Pesticide LawnNow that the weather is warming up people are coming out of hibernation and beginning to spruce up their landscapes, mow lawns, fertilize, and start their annual vegetable gardens. Have you ever thought about our societies addiction to lawn and yard work?  Maybe not, because a lot of marketing goes into maintaining this status quo and encouraging you to keep the $74 billion lawn care industry funded.  Of course this addiction is also keeping the oil, natural gas, chemical, and manufacturing companies in business.


Forest GardenThere are a lot of statistics out there from the EPA and other environmental groups about our societies lawn problem, but what solutions are being offered beyond using resources more responsibly?  Well, we have a solution for you, plant an edible forest garden!

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Peter Bane Talk & Book Signing – Garden Farming based Economy

Garden Farming Cover_Peter BaneDate:    Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time:    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place:   The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
but donations to The Resiliency Institute are appreciated


Local food forms the basis of a new economy that will occupy most Americans for the remainder of the century.  Author Peter Bane will discuss the emergence of garden farms in and around cities and how they can help us stabilize both our economy and the climate. Using permaculture, or ecological design, to create synergistic household systems, we can buffer our homes and families against the difficulties of volatile energy prices and future economic crises.  The talk will focus on how our towns and suburbs can incubate the new eco-agriculture and launch a food security revolution.  Hosted by The Resiliency Institute, a non-profit organization transforming the suburbs into resilient communities through permaculuture design and education.

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Linda Conroy Weekend Courses

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Linda Conroy teaching The Resiliency Institute Herbal Remedy Making class about burdock.

Linda Conroy, founder of Moonwise Herbs, is a bioregional herbalist with 20 years of experience.  Bioregional herbalism believes in using plants that grow in your own region for healing, rather than subscribing to popular herbalism which recommends remedies made from plants all over the world.  Linda offers this example, “If I have a fungal infection popular herbalism suggests I reach for Tea Tree oil and I remind myself that it comes from Australia. What resources does it take to bottle that herb and transport it to me? Now wisdom tells me that the people who lived on this continent had all the medicines they needed, so that leads me to look for an anti- fungal herb in my backyard. And so I reach for Red Cedar (Thuja plicata). I can make a strong infusion, a tincture or an oil with minimal impact to the planet.”

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