Permaculture Site


Adjacent to the prairie is our seven-layered food forest, medicinal herb spiral, small wetland area, a quiet native cove for bees and other pollinators, as well as space for community education including children’s classes and adult workshops.  The site demonstrates how we as a society and ecosystem work together in a series of permaculture principles, the first and foremost being: To take care of the earth and the earth will take care of us. The permaculture site, as the rest of El Paseo Community Garden, is a community managed space maintained by volunteers. The permaculture site allows quality perennial food grown as a community while providing an array of habitat and food for pollinators, which in turn help feed us. We recognize the importance of caring and respecting biodiversity and the intricacy of a healthy ecosystem. We also recognize that without pollinators, we as humans would not be able to survive, and therefore, are in the works to educate and restore this piece of community land. The site will provide a bio diverse sanctuary for monarch butterflies, honey and native bees, numerous insects, birds, and bats. We plan to educate the community through visible signs and community workshops in herbalism, monarch and honey bee care, food preservation, seed sharing and sustainable harvest.

For more information on foraging and our plants, click here. Enjoy a self-guided tour and remember to take proper care and follow the foraging rules.

The El Paseo Permaculture Site is still an ongoing project. Follow us for volunteer opportunities next year.

Thank you

This project was made possible by the 2018 Comed Green Region Grant, 2019 Openlands Treeplanters Grant, and a Country Financial Sponsorship.

Special thanks to lead designer, Nina Lawrin, owner of loveren collections; Everyday Forage, and Co-Founder of the Permaculture Chicago Teaching Institute.

Thank you to our community of volunteers, and our partners listed below:

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