Work-Trade Program at Midwest Permaculture

Work-Trade Internships at Midwest Permaculture
Earn Your PDC

Current Opportunities: None for now
Currently there are no 2021 work trade opportunities. With the Covid virus we will have to see if and how this might change, so please check back.

Read Coral’s Blog about her Work-Trade Experience – 2018

Three work-traders from 2018. Coral on the right.
Work /Trade for PDC Course — 4 Weeks
There is no fee that you need to pay and neither is there a stipend or pay that we provide. You are trading your time for a PDC course valued at $1500 plus whatever hands-on experience you gather.
What We Need
The tasks that work/traders might perform are basic such as gardening, weeding, mulching, feeding chickens, painting, cleaning, foliar spraying, soil drenching, etc. — basically, anything that we need to get done to provide our educational trainings and move our permaculture projects forward. We will never ask people to do work that we are not willing to do ourselves. Only some of the work might be considered novel or ‘real’ permaculture work. As with all of life, permaculture is usually about 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Work traders are coming to assist us with the perspiration part but if one is observant and inquisitive, they will learn a lot as well.

Work-traders here mixed in with and enjoying the PDC course they earned along with the folks who came for the training.

What You Receive
1. Free tuition to a Midwest Permaculture PDC course (or advanced training if available).
2. Camping space or lodging (shared apartment, maybe private room)
3. Some fresh food right from the gardens when available with a few other items in bulk such as grains, rice, beans, etc. You are responsible for most of your food. We have items to share.

Your big takeaway is a free registration to a Midwest Permaculture PDC.  They typically run about $1500 but valued by many graduates as being worth twice that. (their words, not ours)

Also, you’ll be working with Bill and Becky in Stelle, IL, along with other team members on a real permaculture project.


~  Minimum of 18 years of age
~  Have good health and able to work
~  And bring these 10 qualities that require zero experience or talent!

1. Being on Time
2. Good Work Ethic
3. Honest Effort
4. Body Language
5. Positive Energy
6. Friendly Attitude
7. Being Coachable
8. Doing Extra
9. Being Prepared
10. Shared Passion

Apply by filling out this application form and emailing to
Questions?  Call Becky at 815-216-4124‬

Sequence of Events
1. Fill out application and send in.
2. We review and if we are interested we check your references. Either way we will get back to you.
3. If we think there might be a fit we will arrange a telephone interview with you.
4. If all goes well you will be invited to participate and together, we confirm the dates for your work/study.


Interning at Midwest Permaculture
Doing one of the daily chores

Download the Application Here
and email to