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Genius Loci Permaculture presents:


Are you new to gardening and don’t know where to begin? Have a little experience, but keep running into problems? The Green Thumb Gardening Course is for you!

Class will meet for two hours on Sundays at different locations over the full growing season here in Chicago. Each class will include some theory, as well as lots of hands-on experience, and hand-outs for you to take home.

Whether you’re gardening in a yard, a community garden, on a balcony or rooftop, you will learn all you need to know to set up and run your own garden space!


Course Instructor: William Faith – permaculture designer/teacher, master gardener

Shortly after completing a permaculture design course at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, TN in 2006, William co-founded Ars Terra, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where he taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago, where he co-founded the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild in 2012, and completed an advanced permaculture design course at Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture in Fountain City, WI in 2014. In 2015, he completed an advanced permaculture teacher training at Kinstone, became board president of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, co-facilitated the first ever vegan PDC in the U.S. at Wild Earth Farm & Sanctuary in Irvine, KY and also launched Genius Loci Permaculture, a full-service Design, Build and Education firm. In 2016, he began work toward the Permaculture Diploma in Education through the Permaculture Institute of North America(expected to complete in 2018), as well as co-facilitating the first ever permaculture design course in Chicago city limits, as well as another vegan PDC in Kentucky. 2017 will bring more courses, more education and more design and implementation.

William regularly gives presentations on permaculture at libraries, colleges and universities, eco/green fairs and festivals and private events, including several radio interviews on the subject.

Other guest instructors TBA

2017 class schedule and curriculum is as follows:

1. Sunday, March 26: Garden Design
2. Sunday, April 2: Starting Seeds
3. Sunday, April 23: Planting
4. Sunday, May 7: Garden Establishment/Transplanting
5. Sunday, May 28: Composting and Tree Planting
6. Sunday, June 11: Soil
7. Sunday, July 2: Diagnosing problems
8. Sunday, July 16: Weeds and Forest Gardens
9. Sunday, July 30: Food Preservation: Overview and Freezing and Drying
10. Sunday, August 13: Food Preservation: Canning and Fermentation
11. Sunday, August 27: Field Trip (location TBA)
12. Sunday, September 3: Field Trip (location TBA)
13. Sunday, September 17: Saving Seeds and Frost Watch
14. Sunday, October 1: Putting the Garden to Bed and Root Cellaring
15: Sunday, October 15: Evaluation and Celebration

Course Fee: $350 (incl. all classes and materials)

Deposit (required for registration/non-refundable): $50

Contact us with any questions: info [at] geniuslocipermaculture.com

We hope to see you at the course!