We all want to survive and thrive. 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 and still increase productivity?
The covid-19 disturbance seems to be creating opportunities for transformative change in our food systems. Here’s our view from ecological resilience on covid and food systems published in 2020 in Journal of Agriculture Food Systems and Community Development.
Resilience to disturbance is what we explore in research around the world and at our two research and education sites in the Ozarks and the Delta. The Resilience Project began at Meadowcreek. 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 inexpensive energy, extraction of limited natural resources, and high biological productivity based on 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.