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FREE: Intro to Permaculture, March 1st, 3-6 pm

Intro to Permaculture
Saturday, March 1st, 3-6pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor, Garland Room, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

The Windy City is not typically the first place one would think of with regard to organic farming - up until now, anyway.

Register and take part in this free presentation and discussion that will provide an introduction for people who are curious to learn about permaculture, sustainable design, and organic gardening.

Permaculture emphasizes the importance of gardening and growing food organically. It is practiced and taught in many countries, and draws from many different approaches to provide people with the energy, food, and resources needed for a thriving community.

The session will cover the many facets of permaculture as a potential way of making healthy food available for more residents in the Chicago area.

This event is free and open to the public.
However, registration is required and can be made online.

About the Presenter
Matthew Stephens is the founder of the Earth Reforestation Project, Permaculture America, and Permaculture Chicago. Under the tutelage of Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, the former credited with first coining the term Permaculture, he received his Permaculture Design Certification in Melbourne, Australia. Internationally, he has participated in Permaculture projects in Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Tasmania. Since 2011, he has worked with Chicago's oldest community garden, Xochiquetzal (1986), as both a mentor and permaculture design consultant and educator.

This event is presented as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call[masked] at least 72 hours prior to the event. For parking locations near the facility, please visit

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  • AnnaMaria L.

    The speaker was great. He really presented the issues and the philosophy of permaculture very well and his life story and how he came to know Pc was inspiring.

    March 2, 2014

  • Jodi

    If anyone is so excited about permaculture after this event and wants to learn MORE, there are still 2 seats open in our PDC course in Naperville with Peter Bane that runs for 3 weekends starting March 13:

    March 1, 2014

  • AnnaMaria L.

    Hi, Everyone: Please make sure you register on-line for this event. It is filling quickly and you must have a ticket to get in. Thank you. AM

    2 · February 18, 2014

    • AnnaMaria L.

      Did you get the tickets, Blanca?

      February 25, 2014

    • sunny_day

      Hello. How and where do you get the ticket?

      March 1, 2014

  • Erika H.

    Hi, everyone! I am a new student of permaculture principles (long-time earth-lover, however), and I want to share its wisdom with mainstream society, so I recently started a podcast that explores the journey of living more mindfully, and waking up from the zombie-nightmare of hyperconsumption.

    I would love to add as many of YOUR voices to the show. So if you have a business, service or simple passion that you are burning to talk about, please see me at the event, and we'll have a quick (10-ish mins) recorded convo right then + there :-)

    You can check out the first 3 episodes on iTunes ( or Stitcher (

    Thanks! So excited for this event!

    February 26, 2014

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