About the Workshop

Learn to Grow a Fruit Tree Guild - Fall Session Scheduling Soon!!

  • What You Will Learn

    Learn how plants work harmoniously to create a mini-ecosystem designed to be self-maintaining when established - like a natural forest. You will learn how plants function in the ecosystem and work together. You will learn what it takes to grow your favorite fruit - peaches, pears, plums, cherries, apples, service berries, paw paws, persimmons, or whatever it may be. Topics covered include: plant selection, site preparation, design and installation strategies -- everything you need to know to get your guild off to the best start. The live workshop will involve some hands-on learning, and possibly some take-home plant starts depending on availability.

  • How You Will Learn

    This in-person workshop will meetat McDonald Farm: 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565. This workshop will be held outdoors, in our demonstration gardens. Your instructor will guide you through the process of creating a fruit tree guild utilizing on-site gardens, handouts, models, and hands-on activities. Enrollment is limited to 10 students.

  • Need to Know

    In order to grow a fruit tree guild you will need a full sun location (6+ hours daily) with a minimum of 100 square feet (10'x10'). Most edible plants require full or partial sun to be productive, so we will focus on these plants only. This will be an information packed discussion, so bring a notebook and your questions. Handouts will be distributed during the in-person session, and provided online for virtual sessions.***Be sure to dress for the weather: Layers, hat, gloves, etc...


Nature Rx Guide

Jodi Trendler

Jodi Trendler is a co-founder of The Resiliency Institute. Jodi has worked to build community sustainability through several non-profit, community and municipal organizations over her career. She has advanced training in permaculture design and teaching as well as training with several veteran permaculture designers, and became a certified Forest Therapy Guide in 2015. Jodi uses this certification in combination with her training in psychology and stress management to help people develop mindfulness practices for resilient living. The Resiliency Institute’s nature connection programming is a foundational component to all programs. It is our philosophy that re-connecting people to nature is the necessary leverage point to ensure the success of all other resilience building programs. Jodi always welcomes the opportunity to share a walk in the woods or forest garden with everyone who will join her!