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      Good to see that the discussions are still going on. Here is a written explanation of the Permaculture designs we have done  in South Milwaukee along with a description of our site. Along with that is a newly released e book of plant guilds released this week from Midwest Permaculture in Illinois. It was a collaborative effort with the art work done by a designer, editing by my friend Milton, Intro from friend Becky and published by Bill at Midwest Permaculture. We have been using early versions of this in guilds training for several years with favorable responses from the students. Enjoy and share this e book because its free and always will be.    Bryce Ruddock

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thanks for the link Bryce, looks interesting!

Attached is the Five Guilds in a pdf format. The other version was in Libre Office which is readable in that , Open , and Microsoft Office. Libre and Open Office are both free downloads. Its going to rain here and the swales are going to fill up again along with the rainwater totes and drums. Guilds are beginning to green up again. Have a site assessment this afternoon in Racine that should be interesting as watching drainage while it happens is always the best way to eval the runoff.    Bryce

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I have had a blast this week watching the water run all over my property.  I slogged out there on Wednesday and started digging mini-swales in my landscape beds to stop the water from running out and forming gullies and washing so much soil away.  They aren't all positioned exactly right but it was a great hands-on experiment.  I felt like a little kid in a mud puddle.  Bryce, I may contact you off-line if you've got any ideas for me?  I'm thinking about planning a road-trip this summer to visit permaculture sites in Wisconsin.  I want to see living examples of what we've been studying.  My friend Tiffany (Kenosha) is in the Beginners Group and we might have ourselves an adventure.  

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Attached is the Five Guilds in a pdf format. The other version was in Libre Office which is readable in that , Open , and Microsoft Office. Libre and Open Office are both free downloads. Its going to rain here and the swales are going to fill up again along with the rainwater totes and drums. Guilds are beginning to green up again. Have a site assessment this afternoon in Racine that should be interesting as watching drainage while it happens is always the best way to eval the runoff.    Bryce

    Jennifer our e mail here is bruddockjr@wi.rr.com.

    There are a few Permaculture trainings going on nearby. One starts in June at Gateway Technical College and will be held on weekends through autumn. See them for details. Another is in Ozaukee County in August and runs 9 consecutive days. Victory Garden Initiative in Milwaukee runs a course every August and see their site for details. The contact there is Jazz Glystra. Madison Area Permaculture Guild began a course in February running a day per month til October. It can be taken as individual sessions instead of the entire course. See there site for details.

Some interesting Permculture sites in southeast Wisconsin include the VGI Concordia Garden site in Milwaukee, some of the other sites such as Growing Power, County Ex gardens,and here of course. Out of Milwaukee area the Kinstone site in Fountain City, the Renew the Earth Center at the MREA site in Custer, Greg David's farm in Jefferson, Rob Frost's place in Johnson Creek, MAPG's Madison sites especially the Token Creek Eco Inn. Also a designed keyline system with pocket swales and agroforestry plantings in Clay Banks Door County at the Hippensteel Farm home of Lake Michigan Wind and Sun. But my personal favorites are the dune and swale complexes along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Door County and at Point Beach State Forest near Two Rivers for a look at what nature did along those aspects of Permaculture designs.

To talk to some Permaculture teachers face to face on your trip, try going to the Energy Fair at the MREA in Custer always held 4 days over the Father's Day weekend in June. There you can hear talks by Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture and Wayne Weisman of Permaculture Project and Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture.

From your descriptions of your site and a familiarity with this area's climate there are a lot of designs ideas that can be implemented. Happy to offer any advice free of any charge. Like I tell my students. It's more important to get these changes made than it is for me to make a buck. The e book on Plant Guilds is adaptable for sites from Maine to Florida and west to California and parts of Alaska with a little tweaking of some of the species used. Plant relationships change a little but that's the charm of Permaculture; its a whole systems design template not a doctrinaire set of paradigms.  Bryce

   Another excellent resource that anyone farming and needing some Permaculture examples to be inspired by is Mark Shepard's book Restoration Agriculture from Acres USA books. Mark was one of my teachers 5 years ago and his farm is in Viola WI  and does have site visits. Do a search for New Forest Farm or his name and find a long You Tube talk on Permaculture farming as well as radio interviews with Wisconsin Public Radio. He is a trained ecologist who previously timber farmed in Alaska. His farm is the ultimate Mideast example of Permaculture. Check it out also on Facebook where he has many pictures of the farm.

    A very good site across the border in Iowa is Red Fern Farm which uses agroforestry principles to raise niche market forest crops. Another site in WI is Jeff Rabkin's Crazy Rooster Farm. The world is large, at least from here looking outwards.   Bryce

This is great!  Thanks very much Bryce.  I need to get planning.  I love our state and there's still plenty of it I haven't seen.  

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