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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We are excited to present a new Bioregional Herbalism Series! The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Series will reconnect you with the wisdom of our ancestors who relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease, and curing illness. In this hands-on, highly interactive Bioregional Herbalism Series you will be introduced to the most valuable plants readily found in our bioregion. Each class will focus on plants that are at their peak time for harvest at class time. You’ll learn how […]

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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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Come out and walk on the wild side with The Resiliency Institute in our Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course beginning February 18th, 2017. Knowing what plants to look for when, finding them around you, then knowing what to harvest, how to process and prepare it, takes time, practice, and a good mentor. Over the course of 10 months, Pat Armstrong, will teach you all of this for 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, two-hour plant walks, […]

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