Permaculture is about… designing ways in which we as humans can live abundantly well on our planet while ALSO leaving it in better condition than when we arrived on it.  Permaculture design is exemplified when there is a convergence of common sense, indigenous wisdom and appropriate technology. The objective is to design livable and abundant systems for people and place that mimic the patterns found in nature and therefore, require less work. Permaculture is grounded in a respectful approach to others, to all of life, and to future  generations  More about Permaculture…

Midwest Permaculture is about… making permaculture understood, relevant and available to others.  Our method to help our students really learn?
                                    Read it…  Hear it…  See it…  Touch it…  Do it!
 More about our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses…  

 
Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

 

Welcome… We started Midwest Permaculture in January of 2007 on a shoestring. Deeply inspired by the brilliance and relevance of permaculture thinking, we could see how the application of its design principles could solve so many of the challenges in our world today.  We could also practice permaculture on a very personal basis. So we launched.

Since then, Midwest Permaculture has continued to grow each year.  We have delivered 45 PDC Courses (almost 1,000 graduates) and are doing an increasing amount of design work as others request assistance for their own property and projects.

Welcome to the world of permaculture.  It is the real deal.  You won’t be sorry you opened this door.  Permaculture only asks the questions, what is…and what works.  It is an attempt to look at the world through a clear lens. 

Bill & Becky Wilson

Becky Wilson

Though we deliver a variety of educational trainings,
our well-designed and nationally-recognized 
Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses are our key events.  
 Below are Some Examples
 

 Thank you for a fantastic week.  It renewed the passion I have to continue what we are doing here and provided me with so many new ideas and possibilities.  David (60) Residential Permaculture Designer, Wisconsin

Bill and Becky, a huge thank you for an amazing PDC course. I have returned to London feeling happy and refreshed. 
I have already started a deck garden, new window boxes and signed up to be a member 
of our local Permaculture group. 
 Susan (42)- London, England

Bill and Becky,
Thank you for giving us the language.
I am seeing the world through a new lens.
Keren T. (31) – Environmental Educator – (W. Virginia)

...and 4 PDCs at Midwest Permaculture in Stelle, IL -- 5 Scheduled for 2013

We deliver multiple PDC Courses and  trainings each year here at Midwest Permaculture in Stelle, IL   Click Here for a Picture Summary of our Stelle PDC Courses

View our Schedule of all Trainings

 

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course 
Learn the Basics of Permaculture – Apply it Anywhere

In a full PDC course, all of the basic principles and ideas behind a permaculture approach to designing or living are covered to meet Bill Mollison’s (co-founder of permaculture) requirements for a certificate of completion.  

Therefore, it matters little where you live or where you take a design course.  You should be exposed to the fundamentals of permaculture thinking which will allow you to create positive living designs for just about any location or situation on the planet. 

The fundamentals, the principles, and how one applies these to every-day living are the key to understanding permaculture at a useful level.  We use lectures, design exercises, hands-on experiences, videos and open-frank discussions to help our students anchor their own understanding of this life changing approach to designing an authentic way of living on this planet.  It’s not just about our gardens or homes.  It is about the whole picture. 

The education you receive from a Midwest Permaculture PDC will be universally applicable, practical, inspiring, and we trust, memorable.

We have hosted
trainings in:

the Midwest 

the Mountains

the Desert

the Tropics

 

 

A Midwest Permaculture PDC Grad Student, Teaching Villagers in Africa

Grant and Paige Shadden are Midwest Permaculture PDC grad students and have taken their new skills and understanding of productive living systems to Africa where they have been volunteering their time during the winter months.
See Grant and Paige’s Blog Posts of Their Work 

   


 

Here is the Latest Post From our Growing Blog


Why Season Extenders are part of This Permaculture Design

For those of us who garden in a temperate climate (freezes in winter), we know only too well the disappointment when, for example, our indeterminate tomato plants are full of tomatoes in the fall, they are producing wonderfully, and then the first frost hits. The tomato season is now over and the plants were producing so well for the last 4 weeks.

Now, suppose we created a very simple cold frame or low tunnel to start our tomato plants earlier in the spring so that they had a 4-week earlier start.  That would mean that we would now get 8 weeks of tomatoes by the time the fall frost came calling.  We just doubled our production from 4 to 8 weeks with a little protection in the spring.

But what if we constructed some kind of added protection in the fall as well, before the frost hit, and ended up getting yet another 4 weeks of production?  We just tripled our yield with a little help from our season extenders. 

Our Objective:
To include in this permaculture design a variety of hoop-houses, cold-frames and other frost/wind protection techniques with the goal of increasing our yields while minimizing the work typically required to get those yields.  This is a primary permaculture design principle.

Season Extenders1 Season Extenders

 

Season Extenders Explained

Here is an introduction to various options–some traditional, some creative.

1) Common Seasonal Hoop House

Picture1 Season Extenders (read more…)

 

 


“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

Bill Mollison – Permaculture’s Co-founder - Australia

 

 

We extend our gratitude to Bill Mollison and David Holmgren for their gift of…
“Permaculture”
Their lifetime of  work and inspiration is greatly supporting the path toward
a sustainable and compassionate world.

Bill Mollison

Bill Mollison


Permaculture Ouroboros

Permaculture Ouroboros

David Holmgren

David Holmgren