Upcoming Events

Find out what’s happening here in Stelle this upcoming season!

All workshops are held in Stelle, IL and include a local, organic lunch. Price is $40 per person. For registration, contact us via phone, email, or facebook. 

August 24th:

Preserving the Harvest

Come learn various ways of preserving the harvest from drying, canning, and pickling to freezing and fermenting. Peg Homeier, a CSC board member, re-purposed her old cabinets into a canning kitchen in her garage. She will use her expertise to guide us through the process of preservation. Participants will get to take home a variety of canned goods as well.  

September 21st:

Introduction to Permaculture with Bill wilson

Learn the basics of permaculture and tour the yard of Bill and Becky Wilson from Midwest Permaculture who have transformed the everyday grass lawn into a permaculture oasis. Bill will discuss the guiding permaculture principles and ethics and ways to incorporate them into your life and ways of thinking. 

Past Events

Take a look back at some of our previous workshops!

Soil Health with Bill Wilson

During this workshop students helped build a three-bin composting system in our community gardens and built a “lasagna” bed to prepare our garden for next season. After a light lunch, Bill Wilson talked about the importance of building healthy soil and how to increase the genetic potential of plants in the process. Students also got to tour the CSC land and snack on fresh berries along the way. 

Natural Connections

With no shade, it was too hot to use the labyrinth so Ruth lead participants in a wonderful Qi Gong meditation and exercise inside. After a delicious lunch, Kasandra lead us in an awareness meditation and then a perspective exercise to help them focus on the natural world around us as we sat in the shade of a lovely cherry tree. Some participants called it ‘eye opening’ and a ‘wonderful experience’. It turned out to be a lovely day with some wonderful people. Kasandra’s book “7 Simple Steps to Non-Toxic Gardening” details ways to build these connections at home in your day to day life and can be found here