Growing Food Security Program

Food security is achieved when “all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life,” according to the World Health Organization. With 1 in 8 families facing hunger in Northern Illinois, our suburban communities are not food secure. The current food system’s dependency on cheap fossil fuels and transportation infrastructure cannot be sustained as resources become constrained, not to mention the impacts their practices have on soil, air, water, and human […]

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We started The Resiliency Institute because we believe permaculture can positively transform the way we do things in our lives, landscapes, and communities.  Permaculture provides us with the framework and tools to design resilient systems that care for people, care for the earth, and distribute our resources.  Join us to discover the power of permaculture and work with us to transform the suburbs! We have been amazed by the interest we are receiving and the opportunities that are coming our […]

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The Resiliency Institute offers evening and weekend classes, workshops, and certification courses. Classes are taught by knowledgeable and experienced regional instructors with class sizes ranging from 6 -30 attendees. Whether you are a novice or an expert, you will find a class that is right for you. Most education courses, unless otherwise noted, are taught at the Clow Education Center on The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm at 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road in Naperville, IL.   PERMACULTURE   The word “permaculture” […]

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Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. October 24 is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. The most important ingredient in Food Day is you! Use October 24 to start—or celebrate—eating a healthier diet and putting your family’s diet on track. Food Day is not just a day; it’s a year-long catalyst for healthier diets […]

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Join us for a summer of Suburban Permaculture Garden Tours! Be inspired to start your own suburban permaculture garden, by touring existing ones!  This summer we are showcasing four unique approaches to integrating permaculture into the suburban landscape aesthetic. Come to one garden tour or all of them to discover new ideas for your own garden. On Thursday, June 16th visit an Edible Landscape in south Naperville. Dennis Corbin is a retired Landscape Contractor with a passion for edibles. His […]

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The Resiliency Institute invites you to join us in CELEBRATING the dedication of the Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden, the FIRST public forest garden and Growing Food Security project in Naperville! Come out to the dedication on May 7th of the Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden and take a tour where you can learn how to begin incorporating permaculture design into your own life and landscape. Meet the many volunteers, boy scouts, organizations and businesses who made this […]

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