Michael has spent over 20 years as a full-time worker in the army of Permaculture change-makers.
He is founder of the Transformative Adventures Cooperative, managing director of Lillie House Permaculture, and a full-time Permaculture designer and consultant who has participated in over 300 projects. He has worked on farms of all sizes, worked with food justice organizations, colleges and universities, and environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, and PIRGIM.
As a teacher trainer, he has worked as a pedagog in crafting university curricula, adult education curricula, and programs for environmental and ecological awareness, and Permaculture. He has worked at a farm credit bureau, a commodities exchange, and managed farmers markets. He has created businesses including market gardens, vermicomposting operations, and helped start and lead multiple community and non-profit organizations.
Michael has over 20 years experience teaching classes and facilitating group projects, including community garden and forest garden projects. He’s an enthusiastic researcher of traditional temperate forest garden systems and productive ecologies of the Great Lakes region. The culture, history and aesthetics of gardens and garden architecture are his great passions, and he believes beautiful, healthy landscapes grow beautiful, healthy people and cultures. He has taught and lectured for McHenry County College, Arora University, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, the Chicago Adult Learning Resource Center, The Kalamazoo Nature Center, and gives presentations to community groups, organizations and churches. He helps organize Van-Kal Permaculture, the SoMi Permimixer, Michigan Safe Energy Future, CORE and the Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition’s Food Group.
Has completed their first foraging excursion✅, Has hosted a foraging feast.✅, Completed the monthly foraging challenge. ✅, Weekly foraging challenge ✅, Daily foraging challenge ✅, Foraging workshop leader ✅
Created a stable guild ✅, Created a forest garden or other edible ecosystem ✅, Have led forest gardening workshops ✅, Leads a Landscape a transformation Program.✅
Has grown a food garden bed. ✅, Herb spiral ✅, Has grown a garden of integrated food, flowers, herbs, etc. ✅, Have created integrated Polyculture gardens ✅, Have grown a surplus garden for market or trade. ✅
Transformative Landscapes Initiative:
The TLI is an effort to encourage truly transformative landscapes, for home, farm, garden and public lands, to give recognition and protection for those doing the work of transforming how society manages landscapes. Read more about the criteria and program here.
No spraying✅, Minimal tilling✅, No tilling✅, Catch and store 90% of rainwater✅, Pollinator friendly✅, Wildlife habitat.✅, Grows food for home use✅, Grows food for trade✅, Grow 90% fertility✅, Closed loop site✅, 30+ native species per acre✅, No fossil fuels✅