with co-founder of The Resiliency Institute, Jodi Trendler
Thursday, March 16th 7pm - 8:30pm.
A $5.00 per person donation is greatly appreciated and will go directly to The Resiliency Institute.
This presentation will provide you with an introduction to the process of transitioning your yard into a permaculture designed, productive, low-maintenance, sustainable system. Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable food production system based on woodland ecosystems. The perennial forest garden is designed with fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. Making use of companion planting in guilds—which are then intermixed to grow in a succession of layers—builds a self-sustaining edible paradise. This type of food system reduces the need for external non-renewable resources, conserves our natural resources, increases biodiversity, provides a natural recreational area and local, nutrient dense foods that support healthy communities. Upon understanding the forest garden concepts you will want to start building your own as soon as possible!
Jodi Trendler is a co-founder of The Resiliency Institute, an educational non-profit transforming the suburbs through permaculture design. Permaculture is a philosophy for designing resilient systems for lifestyle, land, and community. The Resiliency Institute’s mission is to create 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, and foster community. Jodi and her cofounding partner Michelle Hickey have worked to build community sustainability through several municipal and non-profit organizations over their careers and both received their Permaculture Design Certification from Midwest Permaculture. They have advanced their training with several veteran permaculture designers and have created nature connection and self-reliance building programs which are offered through their organization. Since 2013, they have designed and installed two community forest gardens in Naperville. One forest garden is at The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm where they host permaculture and re-skilling courses, and one is on Ferry Road along the Illinois Prairie Path near Route 59. They have also worked with Northern Illinois Food Bank to install a demonstration fruit tree guild at their headquarters and help promote food security, and continue to expand their community resilience building with other organizations throughout the suburban region.
Join us for this community enrichment evening!