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.

AUA Rooftop Movie & Mingle Night

Join Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) for July’s Movie & Mingle Night, featuring the film Tierralismo, a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable agriculture practices in Cuba.

The night will also feature:

• A talk by Harry Rhodes, Executive Director of Growing Home, about his recent visit to Cuba’s urban agriculture projects.

• Tours of the Rooftop Farm by Loud Grade Produce Squad.

• Good times & networking with Chicago’s urban agriculture community.

• Craft beers & tasty snacks

All ages! 21+ with ID for alcohol
$7 Admission (All proceeds benefit Loud Grade Produce Squad and AUA)

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.

Note: Location has changed to ICA a few blocks from the original venue. A tour of the Weiss Memorial Rooftop Garden will still be offered!

Meet at City Farm for their first Sustainability Fest

Let’s meet up at Art Depth’s 5th Annual, where Art Depth partners up with City Farm for an art and sustainability festival at City Farm on Division and Clybourn). There will be fresh food workshops, highlighted sustainable projects and organizations as well as arts and crafts (this fest is all-ages), featured artists, fair-trade shopping, live contemporary bluegrass music, and a special note from Ken Dunn of the Resource Center + other speakers on issues of sustainability. see for full event schedule and more information. It’s five hours long (11am-4pm). We can meet at 11:30am at the N. Cleveland entrance to the farm for an opportunity to tour the farm while volunteers are still present (they leave at 2pm).

Note: there is a (suggested donation) of $10 to help pay for the costs of production

Lets get a treehouse plastered!!

This will be a continuation of the light clay straw slip workshop a day prior. We will install the earthen plaster on the walls inside and out.

I built a round treehouse – being such left me with not too many options for wall coverings – so I decided on light clay straw slip between studs and a earthen plaster on both the inside and outside.

It is 8 feet in diameter and I need to fill the wall cavities with light clay straw slip. There is no charge for this workshop but donations are appreciated. I need the following:

Glass bottles for letting light in : green, red, yellow, blue, clear, at least 5 of each.
Also could use some round window items light port holes from a ship – that would be totally rad!
Also need skylights – round bubble type or let me know what you have.
Do you other round items that would make cool windows? Or a neat door? Also need cool door hinges and sweet door handle. Do you have a funkadelic disco ball or some “off the hook” swag for the interior? Also need some dark wood dowels to make plugs to hide the lag bolts in the floor, could also use some dark wood strips for between the floor boards. I will add photos soon of the famed treehouse.

Besides infill for the walls we need to make round windows if no rad portholes magically appear( rectangular windows acquired, portholes would still be most excellent) . The tall stump where the tree house will eventually be installed needs to have the bark removed (Done), we need to make a killer arched door, rafters need to be trimmed, ridge beam needs decorative jigsaw work, ect.

Bring your own work gloves – safety glasses – hat – water bottle – lunch and snacks. We will start at 9am and work until we want to stop or to sundown and have a camp fire in the “Fire Pit” or we can go swimming at a near by rock quarry with crystal clear water and catch the sunset and come back for a bonfire. (Lots of options)- we will chat about natural building – we can review your ideas for your project as well.