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2018 Chicago Green Thumb Gardening Course
Genius Loci Permaculture presents: 2018 GREEN THUMB GARDENING COURSE Are you new to gardening and don't know where to begin? Have a little experience, but keep running into problems? The Green Thumb Gardening Course is for you! Class will meet for two hours on Sundays at different locations over the full growing season here in Chicago. Each class will include some theory, as well as lots of hands-on experience, and hand-outs for you to take home. Whether you're gardening in a yard, a community garden, on a balcony or rooftop, you will learn all you need to know to set up and run your own garden space! Act fast: only 7 spots left! To register click HERE ( Course Instructor: William Faith - Permaculture designer/teacher, master gardener Shortly after completing a permaculture design course at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, TN in 2006, William co-founded Ars Terra (, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where he taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago, where he co-founded the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild ( in 2012, and completed an advanced permaculture design course at Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture ( in Fountain City, WI in 2014. In 2015, he completed an advanced permaculture teacher training at Kinstone (, became board president of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute (, co-facilitated the first ever vegan PDC in the U.S. at Wild Earth Farm & Sanctuary ( in Irvine, KY and also launched Genius Loci Permaculture (, a full-service Design, Build and Education firm. In 2016, he began work toward the Permaculture Diploma in Education through the Permaculture Institute of North America ( (expected to complete in 2018), as well as co-facilitating the first ever permaculture design course in Chicago city limits, as well as another vegan PDC in Kentucky. 2018 will bring more courses, more education and more design and implementation. William regularly gives presentations on permaculture at libraries, colleges and universities, eco/green fairs and festivals and private events, including several radio interviews on the subject. Assistant Instructor: David Staudacher The last couple of years have been busy for David. In 2016, he was one of 17 students to complete the first Permaculture Design Course in Chicago, which was taught by William Faith, Rhonda Baird, and Milton Dixon at the Institute of Cultural Affairs. In November 2017, he completed the Advanced Permaculture Design Course under the direction of the same instructors at the Old Schoolhouse in Hillside, Illinois. Between courses, he co-managed the first phase of a permablitz at a four-unit building in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, which he also co-designed. David participated in several permablitzes at a five-acre site in Indiana, and helped to implement and manage recycling efforts during summer peace campouts in various neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago. He has presented permaculture principles at a few of the primers hosted by William Faith, and recently joined the team at Genius Loci Permaculture (, a full-service Design, Build and Education firm. When he’s not in the garden, he can be found at UIC’s College of Engineering, where he is the Assistant Director of Communication. Other guest instructors TBA 2018 class schedule and curriculum is as follows: 1. Sunday, March 18: Garden Design 2. Sunday, April 1: Starting Seeds 3. Sunday, April 15: Planting 4. Sunday, April 29: Garden Establishment/Transplanting 5. Sunday, May 20: Composting and Tree Planting 6. Sunday, June 3: Soil 7. Sunday, June 10: Diagnosing Problems 8. Sunday, July 1: Weeds and Forest Gardens 9. Sunday, July 15: Food Preservation: Overview and Freezing and Drying 10. Sunday, July 29 Food Preservation: Canning and Fermentation 11. Sunday, August 12: Field Trip (location TBA) 12. Sunday, September 2: Field Trip (location TBA) 13. Sunday, September 23: Saving Seeds and Frost Watch 14. Sunday, October 21: Putting the Garden to Bed and Root Cellaring 15: Sunday, November 4: Evaluation and Celebration Course Fee: $350 (incl. classes and all materials) Deposit (required for registration/non-refundable): $50 Contact us with any questions: info [at] We hope to see you at the course! To register click HERE. ( Course presented by:

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“Permaculture is a design system based on ethics ( and principles ( which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.” - David Holmgren, co-creator of the permaculture concept.

The goal of permaculture is to care for the earth and each other by creating harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships through observation of and working with the existing patterns of nature. It can be applied in gardens, technology, businesses, homes, communities, groups, or any other designable system.

The Chicagoland Permaculture Meetup is one such group that is applying permaculture design to its own development. We see this group as an evolving resource to help facilitate the application of permaculture, it’s principles, and connection with others who wish to be involved with permaculture in the Chicagoland region.

Our Sunday Monthly Meetups give us a social context and allow the group to plan further activities that specifically reflect the needs and desires of the group. Some examples are site visits, study groups, field trips, workshops, permablitzes, or whatever else you can dream up.

Check out our calendar for upcoming and past events. We invite you to join us at any of our upcoming events, where you can meet other permaculturists, get a bite to eat, share in the learning or get your hands dirty. In the end we feel that simply learning about permaculture increases awareness of our world’s connectedness and is a step towards sustainability.

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