Bill Wilson – Certifying Instructor and Lead Designer
Becky Wilson – Teacher/Designer/Business Manager
Erik Peterson – Teacher/Designer/Project Implementation
Milton Dixon – Lead Urban Permaculture Designer & Map Maker
Bryce Ruddock – Lead Guild and Planting Systems Designer
Bruce Rickard – Lead Animal and Grazing System Designer
Bill Wilson is co-founder of Midwest Permaculture with his wife/partner Becky. He and Becky have hosted and/or taught over 75 courses and now have 1,500+ graduates of their Permaculture Design Certificate Courses and other Advanced Trainings.
Like many others, when Bill discovered the word and body of work now 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.
Bill cut is 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 and Becky have lived now for over 35 years.
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 so much easier to understand.
Midwest Permaculture is Bill’s full-time work consisting of teaching, speaking, writing, and providing permaculture design services.
Bill, and his wife/partner Rebecca, are creating a permaculture oasis surrounding their traditional suburban home, pictures of which may be found here.
Bill has been interviewed on National Public Radio and a wide variety of podcasts. You might enjoy this short interview from The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann. Bill talks about the history of permaculture, the essence of the PDC Course curriculum, and why permaculture thinking and designing is so relevant and needed today.
View this 28-Minute Interview with Bill
“The Heart of Permaculture”
|Janaia Donaldson is the host of Peak Moment.
– – Below are Comments that she received from this interview —
“This man just summed up the entirety of life in this short interview. Bravo!!!!”
“I thank you both for this interview, keep up the continued efforts!!!!”
Cate F. – Australia
“Wonderful – one of the best! I love Bill and his philosophies.”
“I took the online webinars last spring. Even if I never get out there for the hands-on week the online webinar was well worth the time and money.”
There are many more great interviews here at Peak Moment.
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.
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.
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 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 has taken on a position with us this year as an apprentice and will be assisting with hosting and teaching duties for all of our PDC courses. His knowledge base, friendly presence, excitement for permaculture and natural teaching abilities drew us to him. We know you will enjoy his contributions as well.
Milton has been assisting with Midwest Permaculture’s webinars and trainings 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 detail out our larger permaculture designs.
Milton brings a spontaneity and youthfulness that is contagious and very complementary to Bill and Becky’s style of teaching. Students continue to tell us that Bill, Becky and Milton make an excellent teaching team.
Pictured below: Milton Leading a Wild Edibles Walk
| — “I was inspired by Milton’s teaching and his passion.”
— “Milton added such a sense of joy and levity. His interest in plants
— “What a gem Milton is. He adds such a nice balance to the Bill and Becky team.”
and Midwest Permaculture’s Lead Plant Designer
Co-author of new book: Integrated Forest Gardening
Bryce 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 with his wife Debby. They are currently redesigning their 1/4 acre home site to allow for year-round food and forest products harvest. Because of his vast plant knowledge, Bryce has been designated as Midwest Permaculture’s official ‘Plant-Guy.’ As such, he and Debbie host the “Plant Guild” public forum on our networking site.
Below: Bryce harvesting wild rice from one of his ponds in his backyard.
Click Here for a picture narrative of Bryce’s rice growing experiment.
and Midwest Permaculture’s Lead Designer of Animal and Grazing Systems
Co-Designer and Owner of Fox Hollow Farm, Fredericktown, OH
Bruce and Bill met while taking their first PDC Course back in 2004. They and their families became friends and have shared various permaculture adventures over the years. In 2014, 10 years later, Midwest Permaculture their first PDC Courses at the Rickard farm to showcase the amazing progress their farming venture is demonstrating.
In 2016 it will be site for The Permaculture Farming Course from August 7-12.
Fox Hollow Farm is located in the rolling hills of central Ohio in Knox County, an hour north of Columbus. Bruce and Lisa left their corporate jobs (and “security”) to start farming in 1987. They deeply desired a more healthful and satisfying life for themselves, their children and future generations.
The farm totals 285 acres and is primarily a livestock operation guided by permaculture design and thinking while practicing the Holistic Management techniques of the Savory Institute.
Jesse Rickard and his partner Chelsea Gandy are both PDC Course graduates, key participants to the farm and assist with teaching the PDC course we teach there. Lisa and Bruce also share from their almost 3 decades of experience.