Last Summer Permaculture Site Tour on September 8th

Our wrap up of Permie Summer Tours for 2019 is coming up on Sunday, September 8th

Sue Hessel will be hosting.  You’ll be exploring the ongoing development of DarnFarm (in its tenth year), a 3/4-acre, urban food forest garden (aka yard) on the Northside of Madison.

Address:  4221 School Rd., Madison, 53704  (take a right off Northport Drive – just a few blocks up on the right.  Please park on street.)

Tour will be taking place from 1-2:30

Enjoy and thanks so much for so many of you who came out for these tours, and thanks for the peeps doing the hosting!!!


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August Permaculture Site Tours

Tuesday, August 6th from 6-7pm; 5005 Risser Rd., Madison, WI 53705

Stephanie Sykes and Malte John will lead a tour through their recently completed permaculture redesign of Steph’s parents’ backyard. They have built a cob oven, planted a number of natives and edibles, and addressed drainage issues using swales and rain gardens. The project is an example of “meeting clients where they’re at” and designing systems that introduce suburban homeowners to permaculture concepts. For more info check out their website:


Saturday,August 10th tour, 11 am – 1 pm, 223 Main St. Ridgeway, WI 53582

Theresa & Bear Berrie
In 2005, Bear and Theresa moved onto a tiny 60’x140’ lot on Main Street that is mostly under the shade of two black walnuts. In 2018 they finally removed the last of their lawn and replaced it with edible perennials and certified wildlife habitat. In their “yarden” they built a frog pond (w/o a pump), two catios, a stock tank annual garden, mushroom log area, a small stone circle, and places where you can’t see the neighbors. Going forward, they are hoping to spend more time harvesting than building & planting. They could also talk about what they’ve learned about ground covers and creating paths, making walnut syrup, alternative cooking methods (solar oven, haybox, woodstove), how they cool their house without A/C, and being debt free. They blog and self-publish books about their adventures, see People are welcome to stay for an optional meal after the tour, bring a dish to pass or something for the grill, and a lawn chair. We’d love to hear more about what you’re doing in your yards.

These tours are free and open to the public.

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July Permaculture Site Tours

July Permaculture Tours:

Free and Open to the Public

Wednesday, July 10th from 6-8 pm; 2314 Upham Street

Karina Desano’s Property is a small urban lot filled with native and perennial food, annual food and wonderful spots for people to be in nature.  Lots of wonderful systems and beauty.

Sunday, July 14th from 2-3:30 pm; 8403 Cty. Rd. PD, Verona

Amy Jester is a PDC graduate who lives on a 13 acre farm with her family.  They pasture raise a wide variety of animals on a small scale, are restoring an oak savanna remnant and work to incorporate permaculture systems into their farm life.  They also have water catchment, a young food forest and some swales.

Sunday, July 14th from 4-5:30 pm or so (not too far from previous tour); 8579 Klevenville Riley Rd., Verona

Jess & Rich Bernstein and Friends have 80 acres and raise pastured pigs, chickens and ducks.  They have a “failed” silvopasture and it is now called an edible silvopasture.  (learn from our mistakes)  They are presently working on re-roofing their out buildings for water catchment and the installation of solar panels.

Saturday, July 27th from 10-11:30; W4370 Old Hwy B Rd., Rio, WI 53960

Drew Carlson will be touring through their fairly large rural property with various permaculture systems in place.  The have Water Catchment, new large Worm Compost system, Pond, Perennial and Annual food areas and more.

Sunday, July 28th from 3-5 pm; Meet at the BLW Youth Center, 1917 Lake Point Rd., Madison

Amy Stoddard will lead the tour through the Lawn to Food installation at the Perennial Housing Co-op at 5318 Hoboken Rd.  This is a 3 yr. old installation.  Then a couple of doors down she will lead folks through the BLW Youth Center Edible Playscape which is a year old.  Wonderful example of permaculture systems in urban setting with community being number one priority.

Come and connect with folks and learn from their successes and failures.  In Permaculture we say “There are no mistakes; only data.”  The June tours had between a dozen and 15 folks in attendance and they were fun, so come on down.



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