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Midwest Permaculture
Midwest Permaculture
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125 Crescent Lane, Stelle, Illinois, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

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Midwest Permaculture

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Midwest Permaculture is in the early stages of implementing a full permaculture design in partnership with Center for Sustainable Community on their 8.7 acre property adjoining the community of 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. 

PDC Course Students Digging a Hugelkultured Swale

Pictured:  PDC Students Digging a Hugelkultured Swale

Individuals who take a training with us inStelle 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.


Living, Woven-Willow-Brush Fence

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2016 Graduates of Teacher Training

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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 almost 10 years ago (1 comments)

PDC at Pierce Cedar Creek

Bill Teaching Farming-Focused PDC in Michigan

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2014 Internship Opportunities

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

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Closing Wishes For 2013

Year end wishes and greetings from Bill.

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EarthCamp Village

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

Posted almost 11 years ago (0 comments)

Our Perennial Yields Increase

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

Posted almost 11 years 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 about 11 years ago (1 comments)

2013 Internship Program

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

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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 about 11 years ago (0 comments)

Thermal Mass Rocket Stove Workshops

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

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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.

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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.

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Rural Residential Community Demonstration Educational
Bill Wilson - Lead Teacher & Designer - Admin. Christopher Milton Dixon - IT Admin. - Designer & Teacher
Team Members
Hayden Wilson - Garden Manager 2015 season Rebecca (Becky) Wilson - Garden Manager 2015 season

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