In the context of increasingly globalized energy, economic, food, and other systems, a resilient community is one that is prepared to quickly recover should any of those systems we rely on be disrupted.  A resilient community is one with strong internal and regional connections, and local systems in place that can provide for the essential needs of the community.  This educational series is designed to cultivate community resilience.

All classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Classes are free and open to the public.
Location and Registration:

Except for the Introduction to Permaculture course, which will be at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center (1625 Northport Drive, Madison, WI 53704), all classes will be in the community room at the Willy Street Coop (1221 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703). Because space and materials are limited, free registration is required for Homemade Herbal Tinctures & Salves. Please register by calling Andy at 280-0131, or sending an email to


Class descriptions and dates:
  • OCTOBER 29, 2012 – INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE – This class will provide an overview of Permaculture.  Learn about ways to design sustainable food systems for your yard.  The three core tenants of Permaculture are care of the earth, care of people, and sharing of the surplus.  Permaculture principles, plant guilds, and layers of a food forest will be discussed.  The class will have an empasis on designing for shady yards, but the information will be applicable to other settings as well.  This class will be taught by Mary Eberle of First Step Renew, LLC.



  • NOVEMBER 5, 2012 – ALTERNATIVES TO THE DOLLAR: MADISON HOURS AND THE DANE COUNTY TIMEBANK – Our community is rich with diverse resources and talent.  Madison Hours and the Dane County TimeBank help us take advantage of those resources without spending our limited U.S. Dollars.  And what if the U.S. Dollar suddenly loses its value?  We want to have complimentary currency and barting systems in place and thriving!  Come hear representatives from both organizations share about the resources that are available in our community and what you can do to participate.



  • NOVEMBER 12, 2012 – RENEWABLE ENERGY AND HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION –As the cost of conventional energy sources rise, and given the uncertainty of the global energy market, it is important to look for ways to reduce energy consumption and generate what we need locally.  Representatives from MG&E and WI non-profits will give a broad overview of home energy efficiency and renewable energy related resources in our community, and share simple steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient and participate in renewable energy programs. 

    ***AND FREE STUFF!!!  Those who attend this class will receive a free MGE Conservation Action Kit (while supplies last). Kits include compact fluorescent light bulbs (3), a low-flow showerhead, a kitchen faucet flow restrictor and more!


  • DECEMBER 3, 2012 – HOMEMADE HERBAL TINCTURES & SALVES – In this class, you will learn how to make your own herbal tinctures and salves.  Herbal tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs.  Herbal salves are preparations made from herb-infused oil and used topically.   Making tinctures and salves yourself saves money, provides choices, and connects you to the plant world.  We will go through the steps for making herbal tinctures:  selecting, harvesting, and preparing plants, selecting the menstrum (i.e., liquid) for the tincture, mixing the plant and menstrum, and then straining the resulting tincture.  We will also cover how to make herbal salves from herb-infused oil and beeswax.  Participants will take home a tincture and a salve.  This class will be taught by Mary Eberle of First Step Renew, LLC.  Free advanced registration is required for this course.  Please register by November 30 with Andy at 280-0131, or




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