Our Instructors

Our Instructors/Designers

Bill Wilson – Certifying Instructor and Lead Designer
Becky Wilson – Teacher/Designer/Business Manager
Erik Peterson – Teacher/Designer/Project Implementation
Will Wilson – Designer/Teacher/Project Coordinator

Milton Dixon – Lead Urban Permaculture Designer & Map Maker
Bryce Ruddock – Lead Guild and Planting Systems Designer

Hooman Fazly, Bill Wilson, Geoff Lawton at Cal-Earth
Bill in conference at Cal-Earth with Geoff Lawton (R) director of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and Hooman Fazly, designer/builder for Cal-Earth.

Bill Wilson is the co-founder of Midwest Permaculture with his wife/partner Becky.  They have hosted and/or taught over 85 courses and now have 1,650+ graduates of their Permaculture Design Certificate Courses and other Advanced Trainings.

Midwest Permaculture is Bill’s full-time work consisting of teaching, some speaking and writing, and providing permaculture design services–but his real passion is teaching.

“Bill, I have been a teacher for over 40 years.  Your ability to deliver useful information in such interesting and varied ways helped me deeply understand permaculture.  This week flew by.  I did not want it to end. And I was deeply inspired by the openness and honesty that you and Becky shared with all of us. Please keep teaching!”
Lea – Recently Retired Public School Teacher and Administrator

Click on Video Below to Experience Bill’s Teaching Style and Energy

Bill cut his permaculture teeth when starting a pick-your-own berry business in Kentucky when in his 20’s. Having a great interest in the people piece of permaculture he was led to the sustainably oriented community of Stelle, IL where he met Becky and where they have now lived for 4 decades.

Bill Teaching at a PDC Course

Like many others, when Bill discovered the word and body of work called permaculture he was delighted to find that there was a word for all of the things he had been interested in and practiced for decades.

With a passion to share this brilliant approach to positive and productive living, Bill and Becky started offering workshops which lead to the opening of Midwest Permaculture in Jan. 2007. To put it simply, Bill has a passion and a knack for taking permaculture and explaining it in ways that make it easier to understand and to see how it applies to everyone’s situation or property.

Bill and Becky are creating a permaculture oasis surrounding their traditional suburban home, pictures of which may be found here.

For more on Bill & Becky’s thoughts on permaculture, click here.


“Bill, Thanks so much for coming to Purdue and inspiring us. In my opinion, your overview of permaculture was one of the best presentations we’ve had at Purdue in many years.

Brent Ladd, Purdue Staff


Bill on the Unexpected Benefits of Taking a PDC Course

 

Becky Wilson with Nadia Lawton
Becky with Nadia Lawton of Permaculture Research Institute Jordan

Becky Wilson 
Co-founder of Midwest Permaculture 

Becky earned her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2007 and her Permaculture teaching certificate in 2011, the latter from Rosemary Morrow.

Rosemary is a respected scientist, agriculturalist and elder in the permaculture world.  She is also well  noted for her popular text, The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, which is the book we use for all of our PDC courses.

Rosemary Morrow

Besides being active in family and community life, Becky has served as the Stelle Community Association Manager for 18 years and served as the Community Association Board President for 8 years.

From these experiences she has developed a strong understanding of community process and development.

Becky has also taken an Advanced Training in Permaculture Design with Peter Bane (former editor of the Permaculture Activist and author of “The Permaculture Farm”).

 


Erik Peterson
Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Project Implementer (boots on the ground)

Erik lives in the Appalachian region of Southeastern Ohio where he began down the path of permaculture by working in food security with the non-profit, Community Food Initiatives. This gave him experience working in local food systems to procure access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods for all members of the community through farmers market programming and school and community gardening programs.

Erik took his first PDC at Solid Ground Farm where he and his partner Olive lived, off-grid in a cob home, for 1 year. He took his Teacher Training with Midwest Permaculture in July of 2015.
Erik has experience with permaculture style farming, botany, earth building (including a Cal-Earth short-term apprenticeship) and is a Master Gardener.
He is currently delivers multiple services including permaculture design, native plant gardening, natural building and carpentry.  He and his wife Olive are currently designing and implementing a 10-acre permaculture project called Fern Hollow Farm. It includes many features such as their home yurt, a forest garden and a plant sanctuary. Their work has a strong focus on people care.

Erik is one of our co-teachers in the fullest sense. His knowledge base, friendly presence, excitement for permaculture and natural teaching abilities make him a great fit for Midwest Permaculture. We know you will enjoy his contributions as well.


Will Wilson
Designer – Teacher – Project Coordinator

Will Wilson

Will returned home after 10 years of work and college to join his parents, Bill and Becky, in the development of Midwest Permaculture.

Having abilities in multiple areas he has become invaluable by taking on those tasks that need to be done and seeing them through. He can teach various sections of the PDC course and with his growing design abilities he co-teaches the Advanced Permaculture Design Course assisting students in how to use various software programs to be able make professional looking permaculture designs.

Will is a key contributor when we go about implementing a permaculture design with a client.



Milton Dixon
Urban Permaculturist, Wild-Edibles Forager, Internet-technology Guru

Milton Dixon - Midwest PermacultureMilton has been a part of Midwest Permaculture from almost the beginning.  As an urban dweller, he has taken many creative steps toward a more permaculture lifestyle including foraging for fruit in parks and alleyways, planting gardens, making wine and growing mushrooms…to name a few.

He is accomplished at identifying edible-wild plants and took his Advance Permaculture Teacher’s Training with David Jacke (author of Edible Forest Gardens) in 2010.

As a permaculture designer, Milton also posses excellent computer mapping skills which we use to create some of our larger permaculture designs. Others might like to utilize his creative and design abilities by contacting  him at Permaculture Productions LLC.

Milton brings a spontaneity and youthfulness that is contagious and very complementary to Bill and Becky’s style of teaching.

Pictured below: Milton Leading a Wild Edibles Walk

Milton Dixon on Permaculture Walk

 — “I was inspired by Milton’s teaching and his passion.”

— “Milton added such a sense of joy and levity.  His interest in plants 
and ‘all things permaculture’ is contagious.”

— “What a gem Milton is.  He adds such a nice balance to the Bill and Becky team.”

 


Bryce Ruddock 
and Midwest Permaculture’s Lead Plant Designer
Co-author of new book:  Integrated Forest Gardening


Bryce Ruddock or South MilwaukeeIntegrated Forest Gardening book JacketBryce holds a
 Permaculture Design Course Certificate (with Midwest Permaculture) and received his Permaculture Teachers Training Certificate with Jude Hobbs of the Permaculture Research Institute U.S. He has been practicing permaculture techniques at his suburban property in South Milwaukee since 1984.  Because of his vast plant knowledge we asked Bryce if he would become our Midwest Permaculture Official ‘Plant-Guy.’ As such, he hosts the “Plant Guild” public forum on our networking site.
Below: Bryce harvesting wild rice from one of his ponds in his backyard.

Bryce Ruddock Harvesting his Rice Crop

Click Here for a picture narrative of Bryce’s rice-growing experiment.

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