Wind & Sun Farm Hosts Permaculture Design Charrette

“Learn by doing” is the expression used by Midwest Permaculture to characterize a hands-on training workshop the organization will conduct this summer at Wind & Sun Farm in Clay Banks.

Midwest Permaculture co-founder Bill Wilson will be joined by local renewable energy expert John Hippensteel and two other instructors to offer an immersion experience in the application of permaculture principles to the design of the 40-acre farm owned by Hippensteel. Participants will also be provided information about solar energy applications to a working farm and the practical use of residential sized wind turbines.

The training, known as a design charrette because of its intensity and its problem-solving nature, will take place from June 29 through July 3 this summer.

Participants may have some permaculture training or may be complete novices and are encouraged to bring information about their own properties to which they hope to apply concepts learned during the charrette.

Meals for the duration of the workshop will be provided using locally sourced ingredients. Both meat-based and vegetarian options will be available for most meals.

Registration includes permaculture instruction, guided permaculture design experience, instruction in renewable energy options, some earth works construction, all meals and camping facilities.

Local sponsor, Sustain Door, Inc., is offering partial scholarships for Door County residents who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity. Call 920.743.3337 for a scholarship application.

For more information or to register for the event, visit