Permaculture – Permanent Agriculture

The word Permaculture stands for permanent agriculture. It is a term coined by Bill Mollison back in the 1970s. Mollison was an Australian researcher, biologist, and teacher who along with David Holmgren envisioned agriculture that is sustainable, perennial, and basically self-maintaining. Together they designed such an integrated agricultural system. then trained people throughout the world on how to grow food using their permaculture design principles.

Our plan is to start small with a fifth-acre Permaculture Garden located just south of the farmhouse. Thanks to a grant from Faith in Place, we are now working with Bill and Becky Wilson and their company Midwest Permaculture located here in Illinois.

According to Bill Wilson, permaculture is grounded in a respectful approach
to all of life and to future generations and is dedicated to leaving the planet
in better condition than when we found it. Its fundamental principles are
Care of People, Care of Earth, Sharing the Surplus.

Its objective is to design livable systems for people and the planet that
support and mimic nature’s own ability to create abundance. Once set up it
maintains itself with efficient and minimal work on our part. Permaculture
happens when there is a convergence of common sense, indigenous
wisdom, and appropriate technology.

It is all about understanding relationships, about working cooperatively and
compassionately with the sun, wind, rain, soil, plants, animals and fellow
humans to co-create sustainable and permanent-cultures.

These values are those that we here at Jubilee Farm have aspired to from our
founding in 1999. We realize we are nothing by ourselves, we are who we are only in relationship to the land and to the rest of the Earth community. We have long understood that the land teaches us, that Earth does not need us to heal her or “do for her”.

Instead, we watch, we listen, we learn how she does things, and we assist as best we can by refraining from practices that keep her from doing her job. That has been the main focus of our restoration work: removing harmful invasive species, prohibiting harmful chemical-use, and keeping humans out of nesting and vulnerable areas. We have focused on the pasture areas where we now have acres of native wildgrasses and flowers growing, the small wetlands, and our 52 acres of woodlands.

We plan to start work in the spring of 2024. We have much to learn, yet, as we
imagine what how it will unfold.

And the exciting thing is that this is something you can also do in your own
backyards! Really!

The 2022 Seedling Sale is Here!

You are invited to come to Jubilee Farm and shop our seedlings grown from organic seeds and no chemicals.  The sale begins Monday, April 18 and continues to July or until all are sold.

    • Sale begins: Monday, April 18, 2022 
    • Hours: 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday
    • Questions?  Call us at 217-787-6927

FLOWERS $4.50/each 

    • Amish Cockscomb – 12” tall (annual)
    • Radio Calendula – 18-24” tall (self-seeding) edible petals
    • Diablo Cosmos – needs very little water (annual)
    • Red Marietta Marigold – 2” orange-and-red blooms (annual) 12-18” tall
    • Empress of India Nasturtium – 12-14” tall, flowers can be eaten
    • Milkmaid Nasturtium – plants climb 6 feet or more with proper support.
    • Heritage Farm Poppy – ruffled pink flower heads reach 4” across (all plant parts except the seeds are toxic)
    • Electron Blend Sweet William – pollinator attracting plant, (18-24” tall) readily reseeds (will bloom the second year after planting)
    • Benary’s Giant Zinnia – double blooms, 3-4’ tall (annual)
    • Whirlygig Mix Zinnia – pollinator attracting flower (annual)
    • Butterflyweed – 2-3’ tall, pollinator attracting flower (perennial)
      • Note: will not be ready until middle of May 
    • Munstead Lavender – (perennial)
      • Note: will not be ready until middle of May
    • Cardinal Climber Vine – (hardy annual) attracts Hummingbirds, needs support
    • Dwarf Jewel Mixed Colors Nasturtium – 10-15” height (annual) Edible flowers
    • Dwarf Incredible Sunflowers – 2’ height, seeds can be dried and eaten
    • Crackerjack Marigolds – 3’ height (annual) good pollinator plant
    • Dwarf Bolero Marigolds – 6-10” (annual)

Sister Suzanne Donner, OP is ready for the seedling sale. New herb and flower seedlings are ready now. The vegetable seedlings will be ready in May.

HERBS: $4.00/each 

    • Genovese Basil – 18 to 24” height (annual)
    • Dark Opal Basil – (annual)\
    • Lime Basil – 20” height (annual)
    • Lemon Basil – (annual)
    • Thai Basil – (annual)
      • Note: Please do not plant Basil until middle of May.
    • Garlic Chives – (perennial)
    • Cilantro – 1-2’ (annual)
    • Bouquet Dill – (annual)
    • Green Culinary Sage – (perennial)
    • Rosemary – (annual) can be brought indoors for winter
    • Sweet Marjoram – 12-24” height (perennial)
    • Common Thyme – 6-12” height (perennial)
    • Greek Oregano – (perennial)

VEGETABLES: $4.50/each

Note: will not be ready until middle of May 

    • Early Fortune Cucumbers – 8” long
    • Tolli’s Sweet Italian Peppers – 5” long (not hot)
    • Napoleon Sweet Peppers – 8” elongated (good for stuffing)
    • Blondkopfchen yellow cherry tomatoes – 1” round (mild sweet taste)
    • Isis Candy Red cherry tomatoes – 1-1/2” round (rich, sweet, fruity flavor)
    • Italian Heirloom Tomatoes – weight over a pound each (great for sauces or slicing)
    • Dester Tomatoes – a pink beefsteak weighing a pound each (two-time winner tomato)

The 2021 Seedling Sale is Now Outdoors!


Come and see our healthy tomato seedlings along with our cucumbers, herbs and flowers.

Our Cherokee Purple tomatoes and German Pink tomatoes come from heirloom seeds.

Hours to come and shop:  Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  You can also order by phone during these hours and pick up the next day.

We sell our seedlings at the low price of $4.00 each so that more people might enjoy them.  Donations are always welcome.   

Please note: We are unable to accept credit cards. We accept checks and cash but cannot give change. Make checks payable to Jubilee Farm.

Jubilee Farm will be closed Thursday, June 17 – Saturday, 19, 2021. 


Download the Order Form 


Please call 217-787-6927 to make an order using the order form.

Thank you for your support of Jubilee Farm. We look forward to your call!

Shop Outside

Phone in orders are taken Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and pick-up is the next day during the same hours.  New:  In person shopping is also available during these hours, Monday – Friday.

Please enter through our main entrance off of Old Jacksonville Road. Pick up orders and payment jar will be found on a table just past the shed.  Plants for sale are located in the same area.  When your purchase is completed proceed to New Salem Church Road.

Thank you for your support of Jubilee Farm!


Butterflyweed: 2-3’ tall; Sun/partial shade (orange, perennial)
Radio Calendura: 18-24” tall; Sun/partial shade, hardy annual; self seeding (orange)
Cardinal Climber Vine: 10-15′ tall; Sun/partial shade; requires trellis or fence; half hardy annual (scarlet)  
Coxcomb Giant: 2′ tall; Full sun; annual (vibrant red)
Sea Shell Cosmos: Large blooms- 4-5′ tall; Sun/partial sun; needs stakes of fence, half-hardy annual
Johnny Jump Up (purple, yellow, blue) 5-6″ tall; Self-seeding biennial; edible 
Munstead lavender: 18-24”; Full sun, well drained soil; Likes 6-8 hours of sun; shelter near building with full sun; perennial 
Marietta Marigold: 12-18”; Sun (orange and red) annual Sold Out.
Starfire Signet Marigold: 12″; annual; heirloom
Empress of India Nasturtium: 12-14”; Full Sun (crimson) hardy annual; edible  
Tip Top Nasturtium Orchard Flame: 8-10”; full sun (Apricot, gold, scarlet mixture) annual; edible   
Tetra Mix Snapdragons: 18-24″ annual; semi dwarf    
Aztech Sunflowers: 3-4′; annual
Giant Zinnias: 2-2.5′ color mixture ; full sun; annual Sold Out.
Jazzy Zinnias 18-24” yellow, cream, chestnut, red; full sun; semi-double blossoms; annual Sold Out.
Whirlygig Mix Zinnia: 3-4”; full sun (mixture of color/bi-color pattern blossoms) annual Sold Out.


Dark Opal Basil
Genovese Leaf Basil (Sweet)
Lemon Drop Basil
Thai Basil
Garlic Chives
Chocolate Peppermint 
Greek Oregano
Giant Italian Parsley
Culinary Sage (propagated)
Rosemary (propagated from plants)  
Common Thyme
Lemon Thyme  


Early Fortune Cucumbers  (trellis)  
A+C Pickling Cucumbers  (trellis)  
King of the North Peppers (Sweet) Sold Out.
Marconi Red Peppers (Sweet)  
Cherokee Purple Tomato (Juicy & sweet)  Heirloom  
German Pink Tomato (Beefsteak) Heirloom  
Large Red Cherry Tomato  (full flavor)