Many of us have such abundance and live in areas where neighbors appear to be doing fine, but looks can be deceiving. According to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, 1 in 8 of your neighbors face hunger. Loaves and Fishes, a Naperville based food pantry, reports that 10.3% of DuPage County residents (nearly 100,000 people) are food insecure and has seen a 780% increase in groceries distributed from 2008-2013.
Much of the food provided by food banks and pantries is processed, which is often unhealthy and contributes to obesity. But they are working to add more fresh produce and locally grown options through community gardens, donations, and partnerships with local farmers.
The Resiliency Institute wants to do more than grow food to donate to food banks and pantries. We want to grow food security using permaculture. By replacing lawns with edible forest gardens and food forests, incorporating food forests into public parks and along public pathways, fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables become abundant, free and available to everyone.
Are you wondering what an edible forest garden or a food forest is? We have designed and installed a demonstration residential forest garden (14’x25’) in Naperville and are in the process of installing an edible forest garden (135’x40’) on The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm.
Get involved growing food security by volunteering, donating materials or funds, or sponsoring the McDonald Farm Edible Forest Garden. You can also take our upcoming Food Forest Workshop to learn about permaculture, how to design, and get hands-on experience.
Together we can grow our way to food security.