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Midwest Permaculture

Midwest Permaculture

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  • Commenced: 01/03/2011
  • Submitted: 21/11/2012
  • Last updated: 01/09/2014
  • Location: 125 Crescent Lane, Stelle, Illinois, United States
  • Phone: 815-256-2215
  • Website: midwestpermaculture.com/
  • Climate zone: Cool Temperate



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Midwest Permaculture

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Rural, Residential, Intentional Communities, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Midwest Permaculture is implementing a full permaculture design in partnership with Center for Sustainable Community on their 8.7 acre property adjoining Stelle, IL. PDC Design Courses, various workshops and work-party days are all hosted throughout the year.

Project Description

Midwest Permaculture delivers many PDC Courses and various trainings, some of which are taught on the 8.7 acre property you see here.  It is owned and managed by the Stelle, IL, nonprofit organization, Center for Sustainable Community (CSC).  

Midwest Permaculture Design for Stelle, IL, 8.7 Acres

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Key elements in the design include:

Hugelkultured swales with linear food forests;

- Year round permaculture greenhouse(s) to generate large amounts of food and income;

- Aquaponics systems for fish and vegetable production;

Truck Running from Wood Gasification Unit- Small camping cabins for students, interns or guests made from clay slip, clay brick, cob and superadobe;

Wood gasification units (pictured) to generate heat and power (electricity and internal combustion engines);

- Thermal mass rocket stoves for cabin/home heating of water and space;

- The coppicing and pollarding of trees for wood fuel and fodder for livestock;

- Moldering (composting) toilets;

- Solar showers with back-up rocket stove water heaters (everyone gets a hot shower);

- Various cooperative ventures;

- More.

We welcome the participation of interested persons, everywhere. 

Besides our various courses and trainings, we have an engaging work/study intern program

PDC Course Students Digging a Hugelkultured Swale

Pictured:  PDC Students Digging a Hugelkultured Swale

Individuals who take a training with us in Stelle will be able to learn about and see the overall deisgn project as it is unfolding in real time.  Students will also be invited to participate 'hands-on' in whatever project(s) is underway at that time.

To our national and worldwide students, both of the Chicago International Airports (O'Hare and Midway) are less than 2-hours from Stelle.  We will assist you in getting here.

We welcome international students and look forward to meeting you.

Updates

Teacher Training 2014 a Success

There are 9 more permaculture teachers in the world now and each will represent permaculture with integrity and skill.

Posted about 1 month ago (1 comments)

PDC at Pierce Cedar Creek

Bill Teaching Farming-Focused PDC in Michigan

Posted 7 months ago (0 comments)

2014 Internship Opportunities

Work along side of us as we develop the systems and resources for resilient and abundant living.

Posted 8 months ago (0 comments)

Closing Wishes For 2013

Year end wishes and greetings from Bill.

Posted 8 months ago (0 comments)

EarthCamp Village

Construction of the first cob building in our EarthCamp Village has begun!

Posted about 1 year ago (0 comments)

Our Perennial Yields Increase

A walk around our yard showcasing perennials and the yields they produce.

Posted about 1 year ago (1 comments)

Spring Rains Fill Our Earthworks Multiple Times

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

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

2013 Internship Program

We have two internship program sessions this summer that still have openings.

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

First PDC Course Hosted at Arbor Day Farm - USA

We decided to host a PDC at the beautiful Lied Lodge on Arbor Day Farm last March (2012) and learned afterwards that it was the first PDC course hosted there.

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

Thermal Mass Rocket Stove Workshops

Students who attend these workshops learn about and build an actual, functional stove.

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

Chinampas Element Added to the Design

The chinampas of central Mexico, developed centuries ago by the Mayans and Aztecs, are said to have been the most agriculturally productive systems ever devised my humans.

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

Winter PDC at Midwest Permaculture

Just letting folks know that we have decided to do 4 courses in our community of Stelle this year...one each season.

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)