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Permaculture Forest Gardener Series

at The Resiliency Institute - Naperville

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$475 4 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Feb 08, 9:00am - Nov 14, 12:00pm (9 sessions)

Naperville, Suburbs
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd
At McDonald Farm
Naperville, Illinois 60565
Price until Nov 30, $490 thereafter
Graduation: Dec 5
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Connie Kollmeyer

What you'll learn in this horticulture class:

This highly interactive Permaculture Forest Gardener course will introduce you to permaculture and teach you the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. Learn how to transform your own yard, school, workplace or park into an edible forest garden. 

Forest gardens are modeled after woodlands – planted in layers of edible species of trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, roots, vines, and fungi. Over time they become diverse ecosystems that produce abundant food and medicine for people; food and habitat for wildlife; areas for nature exploration and learning; soil regeneration and carbon sequestration systems; community building opportunities; and peaceful places for reconnecting humans and nature.

This year will offer a Certificate option for those who complete all coursework and quizzes, and CELEBRATING all your new knowledge on December 5th.

The Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden, designed & installed by The Resiliency Institute volunteers on The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm beginning in 2013, will be the outdoor classroom where you will gain hands-on experience with:

  • Site & Human systems Assessment
  • Edible and Native Plant Selection & Installation to Rewild our Landscapes
  • Maintenance:  Weeding, Watering, Fertilizing
  • Harvesting & Preparation (Food, medicine, value add products)
  • Preservation and propagation
  • Hibernation/Composting/Mulching – closing the loop


  • Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren

Suggested Materials:

  • Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison
  • Gaia’s Garden  by Toby Hemenway
  • Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide by Aranya
  • Food not Lawns by Heather  Flores

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Refund Policy
A full refund will be given for any classes that TRI cancels. For 2-3 hour classes a full refund will be given if a cancellation request is made up to 48 hours prior to the class. A refund for full day or weekend courses will be offered up to 1 week prior. Please email us at [email protected] to let us know of your cancellation request.

If you have registered for the class, do not show up, and do not communicate your absence prior to the class, then you will be charged the full class fee. Instructors are compensated for teaching so it is important that we respect their preparation and teaching time.


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We are located on The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm in south Naperville. There is a long driveway on the north side of Knoch Knolls Road a 1/2 mile from Ring Road. Entrance to the parking area is to the right of the driveway just before the driveway circles.

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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
9:00am - 12:00pm Connie Kollmeyer 9 $475
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Mar 07 9:00am - 12:00pm Connie Kollmeyer
Sat, Apr 11 9:00am - 12:00pm Connie Kollmeyer
Sat, May 02 9:00am - 12:00pm Connie Kollmeyer
Sat, Jun 13 9:00am - 12:00pm Connie Kollmeyer
Sat, Jul 11 9:00am - 12:00pm Connie Kollmeyer
Sat, Sep 12 9:00am - 12:00pm Connie Kollmeyer
Sat, Oct 10 9:00am - 12:00pm Connie Kollmeyer
Sat, Nov 14 9:00am - 12:00pm Connie Kollmeyer

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The Resiliency Institute is a non-profit educational organization transforming the suburbs into resilient permaculture communities prepared for economic, social and environmental change. We are using permaculture education and design to grow food security, build the local economy, increase biodiversity,...

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