A Sample of our Newsletter  (From August 2013)

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August 2013

Greetings Everyone… It’s been a busy summer.  In addition to our full-training schedule we broke ground on EarthCamp village. Seeing our first structure come out of the ground has been deeply inspiring for us. An incredible amount of experience was gained by the volunteers participating – consisting mostly of Midwest Permaculture graduates — who felt greatly rewarded as well.  Here are this monrth’s highlights.  

EarthCamp Village – We’ve Broken Ground!
The Timber Framing is up for Earth-Shelter #1
The walls will be made of  cob from the clay beneath our feet.

Click Here for Picture Summary of the Construction Thus Far

And what again is Earth-Camp Village?   Part of our CSC Permaculture Design

This is an example of one of the kinds of sturctures we are intending to build in EarthCamp Village



10 ‘No-Work’ Crops from our Yard
And it’s Peach Season 

Becky With One of Her Peach Trees

We have been implementing permaculture design into our yard for about 5 years now.  This year we noticed a quantum leap in production from our perennial crops.  We did a quick blog post on 10 of these.  The main point is that other than planting them and doing the minor maintenace surrounding them, they are relatively NO WORK.


Featured posts from Facebook. 

Milton continues to post to Facebook interesting, permaculture-related information.  Here are just a few that were well received last month. ‘Like’ us on Facebook to receive our latest posts.

How to Use the 12 Principles of Permaculture to Grow Sustainable Organizations

Permaculture principles are patterns that can be applied to any system to make it sustainable.

7 Ways to Kill Poison Ivy Without Using Roundup

If you have to get rid of some poison ivy here consider these ways to do so.


Eating Hostas

Did you know that all those hostas are edible?



– 2014 Permaculture Design Certificate Course Schedule –

  Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses

Dates 2016 Location Registration - Information
Feb. 20-27 Midwest Permaculture
Stelle, IL
Registration Closed. (2015 Picture Summary Here)
Info: Our Winter PDC with Gardening/Farming Extras
April 16-23 Heal the Planet Farm
Koshkonong, MO
Register Here 
Info: PDC at Jordan Rubin's 4,000-acre Organic Missouri Farm
May 14-21 Midwest Permaculture
Stelle, IL
Register Here
Info: Our Spring PDC here at Midwest Permaculture
June 19-26 Borner Farm
Prescott, WI
Register Here
Info: PDC at the Borner Farm Community Farming Project
July 9-16 Midwest Permaculture
Stelle, IL
Register Here
Info: Our Summer PDC here at Midwest Permaculture
Sept.17-25 Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
Rutledge, MO
Register Here
Info: PDC with Extras in Eco-village Building and Living
Oct. 3-15 Cal Earth
Hesperia, CA
Register Here
Info: Combined PDC and Earth Building workshop
Oct. 22-29 Heal the Planet Farm
Koshkonong, Missouri
Register Here 
Info: PDC at Jordan Rubin's 4,000-acre Organic Missouri Farm

For most PDC's a $250 Deposit Reserve's Your Seat and the Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series is sent to you as well.  This means you can start your PDC Course with the webinars at any time.
Call Becky 815-256-2215 (or text/voice message at 815-782-2216)

“Bill, this PDC course was the best professional development training I have ever had!
It was in-depth, practical, hopeful, and applicable everywhere.”

Lorenza A. –  60 – School Administrator – PDC Course Graduate


We hope to have two or more work parties this fall for cob building on Earth-Shelter #1.  Keep an eye on the website or these emails and we’ll let you know when they are.
Enjoy the rest of your summer…. Bill

Bill & Becky Wilson
Midwest Permaculture

Milton Dixon
Chicagoland Permaculture Guild



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2 Responses to Sample Newsletter

  1. I’m wondering which 2-3 books might cover the topics for a sustaining Permaculture for the upstate NY area on.
    Goal: to start a small 5×10′ greenhouse based on this way of growing…then building it larger every so often once the techniques are mastered. Seeking to grow garden veggies of high value for my family, friends and local restaurants in upstate NY

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