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Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

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  • The Resiliency Institute, McDonald Farm, Clow House

    10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL (map)

    41.717545 -88.142288

  • The Resiliency Institute Permaculture Forest Gardener Series meets 9:30am -12:00pm one Sunday a month for 8 months, beginning February 12, 2017. 


    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, groundcovers, roots, vines, 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 highly interactive Permaculture Forest Gardener series will introduce you to permaculture and teach you the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. 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: 

    • Site & Human systems Assessment Whole Foods Market 

    • Edible Forest Garden 

    • Plant Selection & Installation

    • Maintenance: Weeding, Watering, Fertilizing 

    • Harvesting & Preparation (Food, medicine, value add products)

    • Preservation

    • Hibernation/Composting/Mulching – closing the loop 

    With this series, permaculture becomes accessible to the suburban property owner who doesn’t have the desire/time/money to take a full permaculture design course (PDC). The Permaculture Forest Gardener Series will give you the foundation to start your permaculture journey and motivate you to grow your knowledge and skills. Of course this series will make you fall in love with permaculture, and next thing you’ll be on your way to taking a PDC! 

    Instructor: Jodi Trendler, Co-Founder & President of The Resiliency Institute

    Dates: 2nd Sundays of the month 9:30-12:00 
    Feb 12  Mar 12  Apr 9  May 6 (Sat)  Jun 11  July 9  Sep 10  Oct 15

    Fee: $245 for the series (mailed check), $265 if paying via Paypal, or $40 per class when taken individually

    All supplies and take-home materials included. 


    Check payments are preferred and can be mailed to our business office: The Resiliency Institute, 1421 Talbot Drive, Naperville, IL 60565. Once payment is received your seat will be reserved.

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