Who We Are

“…we are slowly educating ourselves and changing the way we live while we simultaneously share our inspirations and progress with others.”

Peg and Ed Homeier

Peg and Ed Homeier
When the time came for Peg and Ed to retire, they purchased property elsewhere in the country to build a new home. Then, they heard about Stelle. They came for visits, got to know the people and mission of this community, and decided to move here instead. They have now lived here for 7 years, and have contributed so much to this community! MORE

They are deeply involved here in Stelle. They each hold board positions within the community organizations, and participate in the Monday Night Dinner Co-op. Peg hosts a regular community game night called Second Saturday and is the community quilting expert. The two of them also built a solar-powered garage to house a community canning kitchen within!

  • Ed Homeier (CSC Member)
    CSC Board of Directors – President
    CSC Membership Coordinator
    Stelle Community Water Plant Committee
    Retired Chemist – PhD in Chemistry
  • Peg Homeier (CSC Member)
    CSC Board of Directors – Secretary
    SCA Board of Directors – Secretary
    Retired Middle School Teacher – MA in Teaching


BnBBill and Becky Wilson
Bill and Becky Wilson are two of the original eight co-founders of the Center for Sustainable Community. Three decades ago, when Stelle began, lifelong learning projects were common place and just part of being a resident of Stelle.They have continued that work and have become educators in the community themselves. MORE

Bill and Becky Wilson started Midwest Permaculture almost a decade ago and continue to invest their heart and soul into the community.


  • Becky Wilson (CSC Member)
    Community Manager for 18 years
    Stelle Community Association President for several years
    Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner
    Homeschool Teacher for their children
    Co-founder of Midwest Permaculture
  • Bill Wilson (CSC Member)
    CSC Board of Directors
    Past Executive Director of CSC
    Co-Founder of Midwest Permaculture
    Practitioner of “The Four Agreements” and “As a Man Thinketh”
    Watch an interview with Bill here on Peak Moment Television


Sue-KenKen and Sue Fisher
Ken and Sue are two of the original 8 co-founders of CSC. They have lived in Stelle for over 30 years, and have contintued to contribute freely to the community and our mission.  MORE

Ken is a General Contractor and works on jobs in the Chicagoland area. He’s been a carpenter/contractor for about 40 years and thoroughly enjoys what he does. In his free time he is involved in common property landscaping, where he and others maintain the Community Center and other community areas.

Sue has been a realtor for over 20 years and also loves what she does, works hard at it, and has fun with her work. She and Ken own and rent a few properties in Stelle, and as a community center co-manager, Sue helps to ensure that any Community Center issues are handled and the community building maintained.

Additionally, they own an outdoor pool and pool-house, with indoor hot tub and steam shower, which they openly share with the community!

  • Ken Fisher
    General Contractor
    Stelle Community Association Vice President and Past President
  • Sue Fisher
    Community Center Co-Manager
    Past President Stelle Community Association
    Stelle Telephone Mutual Board of Directors
    Coldwell Banker Realtor


Bev-Wayne (Small)Bev and Wayne Malchow
The Malchows moved to Stelle from Tinley Park, IL in 2009 after they visited Stelle for a CSC Open House and found the perfect place for their retirement and green dream home.  Wayne commuted every day in order to build the house from the ground up, and with the help of Bev’s carpenter brother, he finished their beautiful home in 2010. MORE

Their home was constructed from AAC-concrete block and made even more green with radiant floor heating, a thermal mass rocket stove and an overall passive solar design with plenty of south facing windows. Wayne and Bev have taken on many other projects including building a straw-bale garage, keeping hens, beekeeping, and the ongoing planting of a food forest.

Wayne and Bev have been interested in fermentation and the Weston A. Price foundation for years, and make their own kombucha and sauerkraut.

You can usually find them attending our Monday night dinner co-op and other community events, or in the community garden where they share their contagious enthusiasm for sustainable living.

  • Bev Malchow (CSC Member)
    CSC – Volunteer Treasurer
    Retired Schoolteacher and Childrens Librarian
  • Wayne Malchow (CSC Associate)
    CSC Technical Support Provider
    Retired  U.S. Marine
    Stelle’s Wastewater Management Tech


Hayden TeachingHayden Wilson
A native of Stelle, Hayden is the son of Bill and Becky Wilson, and is currently involved in a 2-year internship with Midwest Permaculture and CSC.  He earned his
Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in 2010 and a Teaching Certificate in Permaculture in 2012.  He works daily, tackling a multitude of activities, increasing his skills set, and serves as the alternate board member on the CSC Board of Directors. MORE

Along with Ernest Rando, Hayden is embarking on a second year of raising broiler chickens in a cooperative venture, where community members buy chickens up-front and Hayden and Ernest raise and harvest them on-site.

You can usually find Hayden at the center of activity here in Stelle–whether digging swales in the community garden, helping to teach a Permaculture Course, or taking the stage to host the annual variety show during Stelle’s Festival of Joy on July 4th.

  • Hayden Wilson (CSC Member)
    CSC Board of Directors — Alternate Board Member
    Community Garden Facilitator
    Intern Program Project Leader


 Copy of IMG_6175 Ernest Rando
Ernest moved to Stelle in June, 2012, only 5 months after earning his Permaculture Design Certificate from MWP. Since then he has become heavily involved with both CSC and MWP and helps with promoting education, web work, and design. MORE

He is also helping to execute the plans CSC has for its 8.7 acre property and community gardens alongside long-term farm intern, Hayden Wilson.  As a graduate of Purdue, he brings his education and aquaponics expertise into the real world of Permaculture.

He and his partner Megan are both avid homesteaders. They have 3 hens from which they receive eggs regularly, and a rooster, as well as honey bees from which they get loads of honey, and last but not least, a young cat that provides cheap entertainment!

  • Ernest Rando (CSC Associate)
    MWP Researcher and Coordinator
    2013 Intern team leader











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