Our mission is to
facilitate communities in being resilient
Resilient Communities

Resilience is a must for our survival--we must expand our ability to adapt to unpredictable, sudden and drastic changes.

Community resilience is when we are able to address our own essential needs: food, energy, housing, safety, and overall well being. 

A resilient food system has multiple small local suppliers, high biological diversity, high diversity of products, and sufficient redundancy. Most importantly, we must move past the commoditization of food-- suppliers need to be impassioned about the well being of the people they feed, and act from a place of connectedness. 

Rooted Locally, Reaching Globally

Our 10-acre teaching farm on the 40-acre eco-campus is located in the historic Black farming community of Pembroke Township, Illinois.

The residents of Pembroke Township are stewards of the Kankakee Sands, one of the most prized ecosystems in Illinois and home to the endangered dwarfed black oaks. We are honored to carry forward this tradition of stewardship, which dates back to the people indigenous to this land, the Potawatomi.

We have had the joy of hosting co-conspirators from 5 continents:

Belize
Botswana
Brazil
Canada
Columbia
Congo
Guatemala
Haiti
India
Israel
Kenya
Nigeria
Palestine
Puerto Rico
South Africa
Tanzania
Zimbabwe

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