Here is a brief picture summary of our
2015 Winter PDC at Midwest Permaculture in Stelle, IL.
As expected, during a winter course with high temperatures below 32 degrees, we did not spend a lot of time outdoors but we did manage to capture a few pictures of these activities.
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- Hayden Wilson and Bethany Gardner of Midwest Permaculture
Hi Friends of Midwest Permaculture.
Bill, Ernest, Hayden and I ( Bethany) are at our farming PDC course here at Fox Hollow Farm in Ohio. Bill is doing most of the teaching while the three of us support the delivery of the course along with the Rickard family (the farmers) and staff.
Bill asked me and Hayden to make a brief photo-log of the course and to drop the pictures here into a single blog post.
We’ll break it down into daily selections which we hope will give you an idea of what happens at a typical PDC course along with the unique aspects of this wonderful farming course. We’re having a great time.
Hope you enjoy…. Bethany
On day 1 we toured the farm meeting one of the Rickards horses, Polly. It is a halflinger breed used to pull logs and other heavy items around the farm.
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December 31, 2013
Year End Greetings….
It has been a very full (fulfilling) year for us at Midwest Permaculture. So much so, that I have not been able to communicate in these emails on a monthly basis as I have done in the past and I miss that. It is my intention to do a better job of keeping those of you who are interested updated as our project of ‘leaving the planet in better condition than we found it’ continues to unfold. Midwest Permaculture, as of today, has just completed its 7th year and we have hosted 45 PDC courses over this time. We loved every single one of them and look forward to many more as the people who take these courses are some of the most wonderful on the planet today. Continue reading “Closing Wishes for 2013”
The harvesting of greywater is an important technique that we often use in permaculture designs. Not only does it utilize what is considered a ‘waste product’, it helps our gardens grow, reduces the amount of fresh water required for our gardens, remediates this ‘waste water’ better than municipal systems can, recycles nutrients, and it creates a direct connection to where we live. Good greywater design can save us time, money, and improve the environment.
We met Candace Vanderhoff (greywater and rainwater collection practitioner) while we were in So. Calif. last year and have asked her to join us for our permaculture design course and super adobe earth building training (Oct. 8-10, 2012)
She is a long-time admirer of Cal-Earth’s work and studied under Nadir Khalili (founder of Cal-Earth) while she was earning her masters degree in architecture. It wasn’t long before she became friends with Nadir and several Cal-Earth staff.
She will be leading the installation of a greywater system from a washing machine located in the interns house at Cal-Earth to the permaculture/hugelkultur garden system that we will be designing and building during the training.
Candace Vanderhoff, M.Arch, LEED AP
Founder/CEO RainThanks & Greywater
Candace has a masters degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, is certified as a LEED accredited professional by the US Green Building Council, and is an experienced Permaculture designer.
In 2009, Candace trained with Greywater Action in the Sand Francisco Bay area and also completed the Green Plumber Training for water professionals.
Her current work with RainThanks is managing, consulting and designing water harvesting systems, sustainable landscapes and water conservation products.
See Pictures of her work below… or by clicking on “Continue reading…”
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See Other Posts about Grant and Paige’s Work
Living in the U.S. can be like living with your eyes closed. There is so much possibility in the world and yet it is not easy to see because of the way we live. Sometimes it takes a change of scenery to reveal to us the true potential of the world.
Paige with a Mango – Paige and Grand are both Midwest Permaculture PDC Grads and Donate 3 Months each Year to an important Small-Community Project in Africa
My eyes are more open each time we go to Africa. And now I’m excited (in a brand new way) for next winter when we hope to return. The new lens I’ll be looking through is completely invigorating to me, as I’ve recently completed a PDC course through Midwest Permaculture!
Continue reading “Digging Deeper Into Permaculture”