Plant Guild Workshop

A Full Day with Bryce Ruddock
Author of the Plant Guilds e-Booklet

Next Scheduled Workshop   —  Spring 2016 —  Check back for date
Price:  $95.00  Includes Lunch and printed copy of the Plant Guilds eBooklet  ($20 value)
At Midwest Permaculture in Stelle, IL  (Limit 24 Students)

Bryce will Cover the Essentials:

  1. What is a Plant Guild
  2. What are the Key Elements
  3. What are the Functions we are Designing For
  4. What, Where & When Should we Plant
  5. How Plant Guilds make up a Food Forest
  6. Locating Key Plant Databases and How to Access Them online
  7. Sources for Good Plant Stock

Students Will Also:

  1. On Walk — Identity Naturally Formed Plant Guilds
  2. See Plant Guilds Created by Midwest Permaculture
  3. Help Design and Actually Plant a Guild with Bryce
                            Bring Your Gloves…!!!  

Private Consultations with Bryce… If you have a specific project and would like Bryce’s undivided attention and recommendations, we will set a few private, 1-hour appointments on Saturday evening and Sunday Morning.  Call ahead to reserve… or… seek out Bryce following the workshop should you feel you still need additional assistance. Price: $95.00/hr.

Bryce Ruddock - Plant Guilds eBooklet

Plant Guilds eBook

Hard Copy Included in Price of Seminar
Plant Guilds eBooklet by Bryce Ruddock

Guilds Included in eBooklet                     Free Download Here

  • Ash Tree Guild
  • Bee Guild
  • Evergreen Guild
  • Fruit Tree Guild
  • Oak Tree Guild
  • Service Tree Guild
  • Tree Hazel Guild
  • Walnut Guild
  • Wet Meadow Guild

 

Pictures of Bryce and Debby Ruddock’s Home – South Milwaukee, WI

 
Bryce Ruddock Home (1)

29 Years Ago

 
Bryce Ruddock Home (2)

Today

 
Bryce Ruddock Home (3)

Looking Over the Fence into the Yard – Over 300 Species of Plants

 
Bryce Ruddock Home (6)

The Walkways Help Define Sections of the Yard and Allow Access to Densely Planted Guilds

Bryce Ruddock Home (4)

The Garden Ponds Create a Micro-climate for a Wide Assortment of Additional Species of Plants

 
Bryce Ruddock Home (5)

Bryce Harvesting a Rice Crop from his Pond

More on Bryce…

A Walking ‘Plant Encyclopedia’ – Gardener Extraordinaire – Plant Forager
Host of the Plant Guild Forum on our Networking Site

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, we asked Bryce if he would become Midwest Permaculture’s official ‘Plant-Guy.’  As such, he and Debby now host our “Plant Guild” public forum on the Midwest Permaculture networking site.

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What is a Food Forest?  

A food forest is essentially a collection of plant guilds that make up a young forest environment which is rich is food and other plant resources that are useful to humans, wildlife and the soil.

During this workshop students will learn the basics of food foresting and will be able to see this hugelkultured swale where we will be location a linear food forest designed for the CSC land project.

 

While the tress and shrubs are in the early stages of growing  (small) we will use the open space to grow some of our annual vegetables.  We will also plant some nitrogen fixing ground covers and dynamic accumulators to help build the soil.

While the tress and shrubs are in the early stages of growing (small) we will use the open space to grow some of our annual vegetables. We will also plant some nitrogen fixing ground covers and dynamic accumulators to help build the soil.

 

 

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