Who Are We?

The Community Supported Permaculture Programs are a project of Lillie House, a Permaculture Homestead and Regenerative Enterprise Incubator in Kalamazoo, Michigan. To learn more about our project, visit our blog.

We are:

Michael Hoag: Manager/teacher/designer/consultant.

Michael has over 15 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, and the Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition’s Food Group.

Kim Willis: Teacher/designer/consultant

Kimberly is Director of Development at WMUK Public Radio and teacher/designer/consultant with Lillie House. She has led development, volunteer engagement, project contracting and oversight initiatives for organizations including WMUK, Turning Point of McHenry County, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, and the Alliance for Land Agriculture and Water. She combines a process-focussed backround in organizational leadership and development with an in-depth knowledge of Permaculture design. She co-evolves with the forest gardens at Lillie House. She’s an experienced gardener and detail-oriented designer who contributes her gifted aesthetic eye and experience in project management to Lillie House projects.

We also support and frequently collaborate with our broader S.W. Michigan Permaculture community, including Designers PJ Chmiel and Rachelle Yeaman.