Principles, Protocols, and Practices for Growing High Quality Crops

Principles, Protocols, and Practices for Growing High Quality Crops

A Two-Day Workshop

For Farmers, Urban Growers, and Community Gardeners


•· Improved Pest and Disease Resistance

•· Better Tolerance of Extreme Weather Conditions

•· Ability to Improve Your Yield by helping Plants at their Critical Points of Influence

•· Ability to measure the nutrient value of the crops you are growing using a refractometer

Learn from a lifelong farmer’s understanding and first hand experiences utilizing a Biological Approach to crop production. Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) & the Real Food Campaign, will present a 2-session Workshop on High Bionutrient Crop Production.

November 1 & 2, 2014

9:30am – 4:30 pm

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N. Central Park Avenue – Community Classroom

Chicago, IL 60624

Cost: $150.00, with Scholarship funds available for Farmers. Register: Two Options – Online or Mail-In Registration found on the Workshops page of the BFA website (

For Scholarship information, please contact Gary Neves, Course Administrator, Cell: 774-573-6804,

The High Bionutrient Crop Production workshops are designed to inform and support participants to grasp and apply innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing more nutritious food crops that lead to healthier lives. The learning focus of the series includes soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. At the same time, we intend to establish a relational infrastructure among growers that will provide the basis for increasing collaboration between them, and also with the businesses and organizations that supply their needs and buy their products. Each session consists of a classroom-style discussion and hands-on demonstration and practice. Those participants who provide their email will also receive periodic e-newsletters to supplement the workshop presentations. Registrants will be expected to procure their own soil tests as desired, and instruction for interpreting those will be covered during the workshop.

For Event Information: please contact Dr. Shemuel Israel, Co-leader of the Chicago Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association and President of the North Lawndale Greening Committee – cell: 773-332-7887; or Annamaria Leon, Director, Education & Community Outreach cell: 414-339-5537, or email at

Hosted by the Chicago Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association, the North Lawndale Greening Committee, and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Basics of Edible Landscaping using Permaculture Design Principles

Edible Landscaping incorporates the use of ornamental and edible plants to create beautiful and productive spaces. Why separate vegetables and fruits from daisies and shrubs when you can have it all using permaculture design strategies.

Permaculture (“Permanent Agriculture”) incorporates the best agricultural practices found from all over the world to create gardens that, over time, require less labor and outside inputs. Permaculture gardens go beyond sustainable gardens to become regenerative gardens.

Want to save your back and some time? Spend two hours with us and learn how to apply simple edible landscaping techniques using permaculture design principles to your back or front yard gardens.

Taught by AnnaMaria Leon
Suggested Donation: Free

Please RSVP to Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center – 312-829-8200.

Skills for a New Millennium: A day of Earth-Minded FREE workshops!

Sessions include:
Edible Wild Mushrooms, Art of Salve Making, Using Plants for Dye, Beekeeping, Permaculture, Backyard Habitats, Making Herbal Infusions, Rocket Stoves, Aquaponics 101, Sustainable Parenting, Raising Backyard Chickens, Cooperatives: “Why” & “How”… and many more! SKILLS FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM
Sponsored by Green Sanctuary, Small Waters Education and McHenry County Transition

Local Organizations are teaming up to share essential skills that will be useful in building resilient local communities. To help people prepare for economic uncertainty, climate fluctuation, and rising energy costs, they are offering a program, “Skills for a New Millennium” on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation located at 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, IL.

This event is free though there is a suggested donation of $10

Art of Salve Making
You will learn the process of salve making from ethically wild harvesting a plant and infusing the oil to making a beautiful and effective salve. Also discuss the various wild plants in our environment that are useful in salves and their properties.

Saving the Planet One Yard at Time
Our gardens can also sustain our local web of life. From permaculture and restoration ecology, learn how our landscapes can be multi-functional by growing native plant communities.

Dye Plants
This is a simplified “how to” make fabric dyes from common plants in the yard, weeds and some kitchen supplies to create unique clothing, crafts and recycled clothing products.

An introduction to beekeeping including a display of primary equipment, costs to get started and list of suppliers, contact information for local bee club. Includes extensive Q & A!

Intro to Permaculture
An introduction to the principals of permaculture such as overall site design and integration, water harvesting, edible landscaping, food forests, self-watering garden beds and integrating animals into your design and landscape. Herbal Infusions
Learn how to make infusions of nettle, oat straw and red clover and discuss their health benefits. Samples to taste will be available.

Backyard Habitats
Learn about backyard enhancement ideas such as fruit trees, bird feeders-baths-houses, vegetable gardens, bat houses, bee keeping, owl houses, chickens, footpaths, and ponds. Also demonstrate the construction of a native bee nest boxes.

Rocket Stoves
Hands on session to build a real rocket stove!

Sharing the Journey of Transition
We are in the midst of a Transition from an Industrial Growth Society to a more Life-Sustaining Society. This group activity will energize and empower us by celebrating the transformations we are already experiencing. Intro to Aquaponics
Learn about building a backyard aquaponics system and about small scale commercial aquaponics. Creating a Sense of Place
Increase the quality of your life by creating a more meaningful relationship with your home place, and cut your fossil fuel use at the same time. Sustainable Parenting
Author of “Sustainable Parenting: Unlocking Our Human Potential” will discuss and share excerpts from his newly updated book.

Cooperatives: “Why” & “How”
This session will focus on cooperative business models, the why and how. Cooperatives will be a key to a sustainable future. The local Food Shed Co-op will be featured in the presentation.

Raising Backyard Chickens
This session will provide a realistic picture of raising a small flock of chickens primarily for eggs including brooding chicks, housing, supplies, predators and health issues.

Edible Mushrooms
Learn about Illinois’ common edibles, how to prepare them, laws pertaining to mushroom hunting, and how to avoid poisonous look-alikes.

Lunch Social

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a meal together! Join us at Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park for lunch and a chance to get to know each other. 

We’ll discuss the recent North American Permaculture Convergence in Minnesota this past August, as well as our upcoming Permaculture Design Course here in Chicago, scheduled to begin in May, 2015!

We can talk about anything permaculture and perhaps plan a future event together!


A Permaculture Primer (w/William Faith)

This FREE 3-hour primer is a great introduction to permaculture, ideal for those who are curious and want to know more before committing to a full Permaculture Design Course, or are simply interested in learning what permaculture has to offer.

We will cover permaculture ethics and principles, why we need permaculture, and show real world examples of permaculture projects.

This is FREE to the public, but we do request that you RSVP ahead of time, as space is limited.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Radical Mycology: Spawning Mycelial Networks

Radical Mycologists Peter McCoy, Willoughby Arevalo and Maya Elson lead this dynamic 2-hour presentation on the uses of fungi for personal, societal, and ecological healing. Concepts of fungal ecology and mushroom cultivation are tied with the means for creating resilient lifestyles and communities to present a novel worldview based on the cooperative relationships found throughout the fungal kingdom. This workshop provides a grand overview of the skills and insights behind the Radical Mycology movement, providing a fascinating look into the many ways to that fungi can impact health of the people, societies, and ecosystems of the world.

(sponsored by Bionutrient Food Association- Chicago Chapter)

AUA Southside Movie & Mingle Night

Join Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) for August’s Movie & Mingle Night featuring acclaimed documentary Edible City!

You can also expect:

•  Presentation by Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab.

• Tour of Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab’s projects.

• Craft beer from Sierra Nevada.

• Meeting and connecting with fellow urban growers!

All proceeds will benefit AUA and Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab.

AUA is a coalition of individuals, organizations and businesses working to support and expand sustainable agriculture in the Chicago area, from home- and community-based growing to market gardens and small farms.

North American Permaculture Convergence

WHEN: August 29-31, 2014

WHERE: Harmony Park, Minnesota, an event venue an hour and a half south of Minneapolis.

WHY: A gathering of professionals and students of permaculture design for the purpose of continuing education and networking.


On August 29th to 31st, 2014 the first North American Permaculture Convergence will be held at Harmony Park, a 40-acre outdoor events venue in Clarks Grove, Minnesota with a permaculture installation and on a gorgeous lake. Permaculture professionals and practitioners of all ages will connect with their peer group to make this first continent-wide convergence an historic event.

Permaculture is a system of ecological design that strives to use local and renewable resources to create resilient and abundant human systems,such as a backyard garden, a farm, or a town.

The North American Permaculture Convergence is an opportunity for permaculturalists to network and exchange ideas and knowledge. Join us for educational workshops, hands-on demonstrations, networking, discussion groups, round tables, children’s permaculture adventures, entertainment, music, a permaculture exposition, and local, organic fare. Special topics at the convergence will include – permaculture education systems, curriculum, regional design nuances, and continent-wide movement building.

A series of workshop intensives and site tours, featuring Toby Hemenway, Jude Hobbs, Mark Shepard and others will be held in the days before and after the North American Convergence.
Early bird tickets are only $200 until August 15th! For event registration, please visit our website.
To get involved with the first annual North American Permaculture Convergence or for more information, please visit or write

Darren Doherty presents Why Regenerative is Better than Sustainable


Darren Doherty is here all the way from Australia to share his Regrarian style of permaculture with us. Enjoy this FREE opportunity to meet Darren, gain new insight and knowledge, and build your permaculture community.

Darren has extensive experience across the world in permaculture project design, development & management. A career-­long focus on the profitable retrofit of broadacre landscapes has seen Darren acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field. He is a Certified Whole Farm Planner (University of Melbourne), Approved Keyline® Designer, Accredited Permaculture Trainer (APT®), Certified in Workplace Training & Assessment and formerly a Registered Teacher of the ‘The Permaculture Institute.’

<a>Limited seating so please register for this free event by August 14th.</a> 

The M.A. Center Chicago is hosting Darren for a four day workshop Saturday, August 16th – Tuesday, August 19th. Click here for more info.