You can see and read more about our PDC Completion Course in an awesome blog post by one of the students in the course: These Light Footsteps – Permaculture Design Course Completion.
You can see and read more about this course in an awesome blog post by one of the students in this course: These Light Footsteps – Hands-on Permaculture.
Pictures and Text by Bill Wilson and Milton Dixon
Thank you to our hosts Dr. Kelly Cain and Cynthia Wells-O’Mally of the University of Wisconsin, for hosting us for a second year. The bulk of the training was held on campus. Although we had some university students, most of the people taking this training came from the general public and from 5 different states. We had a fantastic time.
This past Sunday the Chicagoland Permaculture Meetup and Living Off The Grid Meetup joined forces to build a compost pile that would provide heat for the grow beds of a greenhouse.
|The sun is an important influence on any permaculture design and has a huge effect when it interacts with a building, our gardens or solar PV. I thought it would be good to highlight some tools that are available to help us assess where the sun will be at any given point in time.|
This video came out a a couple of years ago and we think Vidya (now Swami Omkara) really speaks to why we’ve been working to organize courses with the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. The registration for our course at the Yoga Farm this year is officially closed, but we’re holding a 6-Day Hands-On Permaculture Intensive immediately following it. The Hands-On training is a great way to not only get a deep introduction to permaculture, but also to anchor your Permaculture Design Course training.
It’s always exciting when we hear about the mainstream media picking up on permaculture and even more so when they’re talking about graduates of Midwest Permaculture. Here are a couple of these recent appearances in the news:
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Permaculture Design Recommendations
Keylining and Swales
In order to deal effectively with the two distinct areas of erosion, (cream colored squiggles in aerial photo below) while simultaneously preparing the soils for an abundance of food production, we recommend keyline plowing in years 1 through 3. Keylining is done until dramatic improvement to soil quality is achieved.
This Labor Day weekend the Chicagoland Permaculture Meetup traveled to Woodstock, IL to build a rocket stove. Here’s a time lapse video I made of what went on the first day.
In case you it went by too fast for you in the video or you, I’ve pulled out some of the pictures from the video and posted them below.
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Check out this time lapse video we made of the construction of a hugelkultur bed…
Hugelkultur is a raised bed filled with wood. As the wood decomposes it slowly releases nutrients to the plants in the bed. It also acts like a sponge, holding more water for the plants to access in between rains. We built this bed in Bill & Becky Wilson’s yard as a part of our Hands-On Permaculture Training this past August.