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    Renaissance Polyculture Green Road Permaculture Chicagoland Permaculture Guild The Farm Ecovillage Training Center WindyCityWorms Local Growers Guild Transition Bloomington Small suburban Permaculture Garden in NWIN USA Sheltering Hills Design cool joliet onesojourner's 3 acres Nubbins Homestead

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About Ernest Rando

I have a degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University with quite a bit of life experience in the restaurant and web development businesses. I am also a watershed volunteer every where I go with a deep passion for the Great Lakes Basin and traveling. I consider myself to be a pretty good educator and I love to find different ways of looking at things or no-things!

I work in and with my community to grow food for the local food system, teach people about Aquaponics and Permaculture, and help others Transition into a Post Carbon world.

Three things help me each day: putting my fingers into the soil, learning how to seed, cultivate, harvest, & preserve food with friends, and the practice of The Gift Economy.

My journey started many years ago with a passion for the natural environment and teaching children Inquiry Based Science in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Six years ago began my journey to find local food. Due to the lack of access to healthy local food my journey led me to an aquaponic greenhouse in Gary Indiana. While researching aquaponics I found Permaculture Design or rather it found me. I was lucky enough to be able to find and attend a PDC course in Stelle, Illinois that changed my life.

The first 30 years of my life my adult mentors, teachers, and advisors thought my passion for the environment was cute but not practical. Like most folks the dominant cultural patterns and fetishes of selfishness, competition, and money caused conflicts within my heart. Not knowing how to deal with these corrupting forces and not knowing how to genuinely make a positive difference in the world and my community led to many problems in my life.

It was not until I found permaculture that I understood that the patterns and fetishes that I was raised with were false and destructive. It was not until I learned how to build soil, how nature works in cooperation, and how to create and rely on resources and relationships instead of money that most of my lifelong burdens were lifted. Since I began working with nature, instead of against it, I have learned how to observe, be sensitive to others, and most importantly I have learned that I am a creator and so is everyone else. What makes me most happy is helping others to design and create the resources that they need to provide for their families, neighbors, and communities. When I help a community become more resilient my life becomes more secure. When I help my neighbors grow food, my health is improved. When I work in cooperation with others, I feel a sense of belonging.

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Multi Species Mob Grazing in January

Just a short slideshow of our animals out on pasture in January

Posted 11 days ago (0 comments)

Latest IPCC Report

Published on Mar 31, 2014 IPCC AR5 Working Group II Report Press Conference, Yokohama, Japan, 31 March 2014 (English)

Posted 11 months ago (0 comments)

Social Permaculture Research

This is a list of research sources that I am studying for a Social Permaculture paper, would love feedback

Posted over 1 year ago (2 comments)

Permaculture at the UNF Climate Change Conference

If we are looking for data of how effective permaculture systems work we may want at UN studies

Posted over 1 year ago (10 comments)

This April Learn to Make A Thermal Mass Rocket Stove in Stelle, Illinois

All Day Workshop – Sunday, April 14th – at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

Spring Permaculture Design Course: What you can expect when… Taking Your PDC in Stelle

What you can expect are great people (local residents and fellow students), well-crafted classroom presentations, hands-on exercises, a close up look at many permaculture applications and installations, design exercises, demonstrations, great discussions,

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

March and April Community Open Houses in Stelle, Illinois

March Open House Features That Spring Chicken Thing, "Ethics: The Basics of Raising Chickens Workshop" & the April Workshop is “Applied Permaculture: Scaling-Up From the Backyard to Your Community”

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

Practicing Biodynamics: Pruning in January

According to the North American Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar “Dec. 26th to Jan 9th and Jan 23rd to Feb 5th is the Northern Transplanting Time. The Transplanting time is a good time for pruning fruit trees, vines, and hedges, with Fruit and Flow

Posted about 2 years ago (0 comments)

Preserving the fall harvest, Center for Sustainable Community Canning Kitchen

Some of the first fall harvest vegetables that we preserved in the Center for Sustainable Community Canning Kitchen. We started off the season with storing strawberry corn kernels,canning tomatoes, beets, applesauce, BBQ sauce, sweet & sour sauce, chutney

Posted about 2 years ago (0 comments)

Orchard Pruning, December Perma-Blitz

This is an online instruction on orchard pruning. We will be watching a few selected basic orchard pruning videos. We will also look at some of the photos of the Center for Sustainable Community orchard and we will discuss what could be done with the tree

Posted about 2 years ago (0 comments)

Center for Sustainable Community November Perma-Blitz

The Center for Sustainable Community November Perma-Blitz went well for our first Perma-Blitz. Our aim is to create a no-cost skill-building Permaculture Event (Perma-Blitz) each month. We also hope to be able to support some local permaculture Meetup gro

Posted about 2 years ago (1 comments)

What to do with Apples from the Backyard Orchard

We are new members of the Center for Sustainable Community, but we felt right at home helping out this fall with the apple preserving, harvesting, and orchard maintenance. This post is a general how to preserve apples article that demonstrates how C.S.

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

Permaculture in the Midwest

I would like to bring the research and information, that practitioners of Permaculture in the midwest, are doing together online into one informational local news source.

Posted over 2 years ago (2 comments)

Aquaponics Picasa Album

Just showing the development of my Aquaponics Farm and it's progress since March of 2012 which is when we began construction.

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)