Our Instructors

Our Instructors/Designers

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 Teaching at a PDC Course

Bill Wilson is co-founder of Midwest Permaculture with his wife/partner Becky.  He and Becky have hosted and/or taught 65 PDC courses and now have over 1,300 graduates of their Permaculture Design Certificate Courses.

Bill holds 3 advanced permaculture training certificates and is our lead designer and project coordinator.

Having lived in a sustainably oriented community for over 35 years, Bill has had a front-row seat in learning what it takes to create authentic-permanent culture (permaculture).

“Bill, I have been a teacher for over 40 years.  Your ability to deliver useful information in such interesting and varied ways helped us 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


Hooman Fazly, Bill Wilson, Geoff Lawton at Cal-EarthPictured: 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.

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.

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, Center for the Environment
Purdue University
Click Here for a Picture Summary of this Purdue Training 

Bill has been interviewed on National Public Radio (“Worldview” with Jerome McDonnell and  “Here on Earth” with Jean Faraka),  Peak Moment Television and other programs. He speaks widely, welcoming requests with the goal of helping others understand the simple genius behind permaculture concepts and design.

View a 28-Minute Interview with Bill
from Peak Moment Television (16,000+ viewings)

“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.


Listen to an interview with Bill 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.

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 and his Cob Home

Erik and his Cob Home

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 also currently lives off grid in a cob home. 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 swept up in two big projects: running a worker/owned cooperative business called Wood & Stone, that delivers multiple services including permaculture design, native plant gardening, natural building, carpentry and secondly, designing and implementing Fern Hollow Farm with his partner Olivia. Fern Hollow Farm is a 10-acre permaculture oriented farm, forest garden and plant sanctuary with a strong focus on people care.

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

Milton Dixon - Midwest PermacultureMilton 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

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 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.

Bryce Ruddock Harvesting his Rice Crop

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

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Bruce Rickard 
and Midwest Permaculture’s Lead Designer of Animal and Grazing Systems
Co-Designer and Owner of Fox Hollow Farm, Fredericktown, OH

Chelsea, Jesse, Lisa & Bruce

Chelsea, Jesse, Lisa & Bruce (L-R)

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.