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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Suburban Permaculture Tour


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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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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Since I began learning about edible wild plants and herbs three years ago, it has been a joy to walk around and “see” all of the food and herbs growing everywhere, in cracks in the sidewalks, in yards, along trails, in forests. At first, most of my knowledge was applied to designing edible landscapes, but now I’m fully enjoying feeding myself from my yard and community. I take walks every day to notice the abundance around me, harvest where appropriate, […]

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2016 courses coming soon

The 2016 courses are coming soon, we promise! Enjoy the anticipation. We are hard at work planning the 2016 course calendar, adding new classes and instructors and updating some existing courses. Thank you all for your input. As a permaculture organization, we want to make sure we are providing a well rounded curriculum that expresses the breadth of permaculture. Permaculture is a design system for lifestyle, land and community based on the ethics of caring for the earth, caring for […]

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