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Permaculture is a method of designing the places where people live and work in a sustainable way, using nature’s patterns. It was developed in the 19rain garden70’s by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, with an ethical basis of care for the earth, care for people, and sharing the surplus. It combines the best of traditional wisdom with modern science to turn problems into solutions and transform people from dependent consumers to responsible, self-reliant producers. Small Waters Education has introduced Permaculture to many groups throughout Northern Illinois and Wisconsin through workshops, classes, presentations, and hands-on projects.

                Photo above:  Rain garden with herbs, berries and native plants.

JOIN WITH OTHER PERMACULTURE ENTHUSIASTS in the area of Lake and McHenry County Illinois. We share experiences, ideas, and projects; and help each other regenerate the land where we live, using the principles and ethics of Permaculture Design. THE LAKE-MCHENRY PERMACULTURE COMMUNITY can be found here on Facebook, or send an e-mail to and we'll let you know details of our next meeting!

Planting native plants in the forest garden


Serving the Chicago Wilderness Area of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin

Reconnecting People and Nature

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