Case Studies

The Resilience Project has studied a number of resilient farms and local food systems.   You can probably learn the most about resilience by exploring how others have created resilient communities.

Below is the full collection of case studies we’ve generated.  All of these stories cover at least five years of resilience, some more than 40. Take time to read and enjoy them. 


–Hardin Family -The Glue That Can’t Un-glue

Searcy County, AR – There is only one Local

Lessons from a network of new agrarians in Central Arkansas


Will Bowling and 140 years of transformation in Clay County, Kentucky

Strip mines and agritourism at the Conways in Breathitt County, Kentucky

Maintaining Diversity the Bill Best way

Turning played out land into a resilient farm: the Hoffmans of Owsley County, Kentucky

Education for resilient agriculture in a poor rural county in Appalachia

Local self-organization of value-added processing Jackson County Kentucky

Local research and demonstration for resilience at Quicksand, Kentucky

Resilience research at University of Kentucky organic farm

Bringing resilient systems to isolated farms Kentucky State University

Shakertown: demonstrating resilience since 1805


-Cattle and timber and family make for resilience along the river

Turning a pine barrens into tomatoes and watermelons


Beat 4, Forty Years a Cooperative

Connectivity and Redundancy: Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network 

Oxford, MS – Memory and Revolt

-Real Milk in Philadelphia, Mississippi

-Pollinating and Queen Bees in a Resilient System

-Indigenous resilience: the Mississippi Choctaw

-Where everyone knows your name: Neshoba County


Sewanee, TN – The Food System Revival

– Chattanooga, TN – Growing the “Sustainable Blue Collar Town”

– Nashville: biodynamic farm network


-Progressive is bad? Resilience in the High Plains

-Amarillo’s resilience means loving local