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Ernest Rando


  • Joined: 17/02/2012
  • Last Updated: 04/08/2012
  • Location: Stelle, Illinois, United States
  • Climate Zone: Cool Temperate
  • Gender: Male
  • Web site: midwestpermaculture.com/

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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!

Permaculture found me as I started to become a local food activist for the Northwest Indiana community. I quickly realized that it is very difficult to find local food here unless you grow it yourself. This led me to farmers markets in the area and eventually to working on a small Aquaponics farm in Gary Indiana. I then began working with an aquaponics farm in Central Illinois, (Chenoa). It is now expanding and moving to Pontiac, Illinois. I obtained my PDC from Midwest Permaculture in Central Illinois, (Stelle) and moved to Stelle in June of 2012 where I just recently finished my Advanced Teachers Training.

Now I work in and with my community to grow food for my 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.


Latest IPCC Report

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

Posted 10 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 about 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 about 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 about 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)