We all want to survive and thrive. Some of us live healthy, happy, long lives. Most people, farms, communities, and civilizations decline and disappear. Natural ecosystems are usually more resilient than systems managed by people. Resilient systems mitigate and adapt to wicked problems, such as climate change. How can human systems become as resilient as natural systems?
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The Resilience Project grew out of working with poor rural residents in the 7 state Delta region, where we have worked for 27 years as Delta Land & Community, with offices in Almyra, Arkansas. As demand grew for resilience tools around the world, DLC formed the Resilience Project. Today the two organizations are united as one.
Delta Land & Community focuses mainly on federal and state policies which impact community and farm resilience. The federal work, with other members of National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, resulted in federal policy recommendations to increase resilience to climate change.
The Resilience Project took root at Meadowcreek, near Fox, Arkansas. Four hundred acres of farm land are surrounded by thousands of acres of nature reserve creating a learning laboratory for ecology, resilient food systems, health and sustainable energy. Our location is a pristine valley which is one of the largest privately owned preserved tracts in the Ozark region. With a three-mile long meadow rimmed on both sides by high, rocky bluffs rising 500 feet above the canyon floor, it offers abundant wildlife, organic farmland, springs and swimming holes. Meadowcreek enjoys the Ozarks’ generally mild climate and is home to the region’s typical plants and animals, as well as to varieties of flora and fauna that are usually found in more arid climates.
The Resilience Project’s existence is the result of the hard work of a series of committed individuals and organizations who, over the past 30 years, have sought solutions for surviving in a world where extraction of limited natural resources, and reliance on costly external inputs are increasingly unsustainable.
Our Board of Directors, Residents, and Volunteers stand on the shoulders of ecologists and sustainable farmers who have pursued ecological resilience and sustainability for decades. We are committed to sharing insights into sustainability and resilience learned over three decades of research and practical experience in the Delta, at Meadowcreek and the 30-plus countries where we have worked. We invite you to come, work, learn, and be energized for sustainable change.