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William F.



Chicago, IL
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Member since:

July 20, 2011


What brings you to the group?

I'm looking to connect with other permaculturists and people interested in regenerative design and sustainable communities.

What is your experience with permaculture?

Shortly after completing my permaculture design course at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, TN in 2006, I co-founded Ars Terra, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where I taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago, where I 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, I 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.

Are there any skills/knowledge you could share? What are they?

Beyond my knowledge of permaculture, I was also a Master Gardener back in CA, where I worked in community gardens teaching people in low-income communities how to grow their own food. I live on a plant-based, whole foods diet, and I'm interested in health and wellness and martial arts. I am also a musician/music producer/audio engineer.


I'm co-organizer of the Chicagoland Permaculture Meetup and co-founder of the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild. I took my first PDC in 2006 at The Farm in TN, and have been active in the permaculture community ever since. I look forward to meeting you!

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