- Commenced: 01/03/2011
- Submitted: 21/11/2012
- Last updated: 16/07/2015
- Location: 125 Crescent Lane, Stelle, Illinois, United States
- Phone: 815-256-2215
- Website: midwestpermaculture.com/
- Climate zone: Cool Temperate
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Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.
Project TypeRural, Residential, Intentional Communities, Community, Demonstration, Educational
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.
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).
Key elements in the design include:
- Year round permaculture greenhouse(s) to generate large amounts of food and income;
- Aquaponics systems for fish and vegetable production;
- 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;
We welcome the participation of interested persons, everywhere.
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. Sorry, we teach only in English.