While the city of Chicago was shutting down due to too much rain last week just 60 miles north of us, the swales, ponds, berms and rain gardens we have put in around our home and in Stelle did their job of filling up and holding water back from the creeks. Over several days they will slowly release that water into the water table rather than let it run down into our creeks and rivers all at once.
In this hugelkultured swale, both the ditch and the wood in the berm are holding rain water.
The water we are holding back will eventually make it to our creeks and rivers anyway, but it will do so slowly… and over a long period of time… thus trickle-feeding our creeks and rivers all year round. This is the way a normal hydrological cycle works. Continue reading “Spring Rains Fill Our Earthworks Multiple Times”
Post Update (Oct. 2017)
Our 7th Annual Combined
Super-Adobe and Permaculture-Design Certificate Courses
Oct. 16-28, 2017
Oct. 16-20 Super Adobe Core Curriculum Workshop
Oct.21-28 Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Sorry – This Course is Now Full
Please Check Back for Next Year’s Dates
— About the world renowned Permaculture Design Certificate Course here.
— How Midwest Permaculture delivers this comprehensive training (regardless of the location) here.
— Download a .PDF of the PDC course curriculum outline here.
Below is a picture summary from a previous joint training to give you an idea of how full and rich this combined training is.
Please Note: Geoff and Nadia’s visit was a one-time event. They are not expected to join us this year (2017).
Interior View of ‘Triple-Vault’– A Super-Adobe Structure at Cal-Earth – Students will learn the basics of how to build structures like this and how to design the total environment surrounding it at this combined training.
Blog Post of Previous Combined Course
Pictures and Text by Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture
For a second year we co-delivered with the Cal-Earth teaching staff a combined Superadobe Earth Building and Permaculture Design Certificate Course. At the close of our training we were pleased to host Geoff and Nadia Lawton of PRI-Australia who shared their work in desert environments with us while they were in the USA for a brief visit. This workshop was also opened to the general public seen here at the end of a really great day of learning.
Our 2012 Cal-Earth PDC on Guest Day with Geoff and Nadia Lawton – Picture taken on one of the Cal-Earth buildings.
Continue reading “A Cal-Earth Permaculture Course Picture Summary”
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.
Continue reading “Pictures from our July 2012 Hands-on Permaculture Course”
Pictures by Milton Dixon and Bill Wilson – Captions by Bill
Day 1 in the Classroom – The World Map on the Wall is a Nice Addition to any Learning space. – Becky Wilson Teaching
“Thank you Bill and Becky for such an incredible, life-altering week.”
Jody T. – Community Organizer
Continue reading “Pictures From our June 2012, Stelle PDC Course”
In this design we will be planting linear-food forests all along the downhill side of each of three hugelkultured swales.
What is a hugelkultured swale?
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.
Continue reading “Linear Food Forests along Hugelkultured Swales”
Illustration of the Final Design
Permaculture Design Course Graduates – Summer 2011 – Stelle, IL
Grant Shadden took his PDC Training with us – summer 2011. While here, he shared about his upcoming 2-month trip to Africa to support the work of the Connect Africa hub.
We were all moved by the work of this organization and by Grant’s, and his wife Paige’s, devotion to assist in the work there. Grant was actually taking this training in order to come up with a design for this organization and a 20-acre site they want to develop.
As such, we made the decision to assist him by making it one of the final design projects for the PDC Course. 4 other students self-selected themselves to work on this design with Grant.
Continue reading “Connect Africa Hub – A Permaculture Design”