DIY resources for transitioning yourself, your street, neighborhood or community.
Resilience Teams share resources and skills, save money, time and energy, and support each other through the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of life. Learn how to start, organize, facilitate and develop a Resilience Team with all kinds of groups – friends, family, church and civic groups, book clubs — with free information offered at rteams.org. Take a look at the Facilitator Guide here.
Resilience Teams decide what activities to pursue — from helping each other grow and preserve food, to learning new skills like gardening, cooking seasonally with locally grown food, to setting goals a group can work on together such as reducing personal carbon footprints. Along the way, teams have fun while building supportive relationships. Resilience Teams are a Transition OKC program.
Transition Streets provides a curated guidebook to change, empowering neighbors with proven actions to conserve energy & water, reduce waste, & save money. Twelve U.S. cities have already piloted Transition Streets, sparking the excitement of neighbors, city governments, and local media who glimpse the possibility of a joyful and abundant low-carbon future. Transition Streets is a program of Transition US and is spreading to neighborhoods across the U.S. Free resources, tips and how-tos available online here.
“BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITY” GUIDES
Smart, comprehensive collection of books, online resources, trainings and courses was assembled by members and allies of the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC), who share a vision of a world that is sustainable, just, compassionate, and healthy. The free guides explore a variety of exciting resilient systems being created in communities across the nation and world that demonstrate how we can live more sustainably, and in community, while respecting Nature’s limits. More than just inspiring stories, this collection contains tools — practical, tested, hands-on ways you can begin making your community more resilient. Rounded up for you by resilience.org where all five guides are available online for free.
BOOKS AND READING
Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Closer to Home: Healthier Food, Farms & Families in Oklahoma by the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Closing the Food Gap, by Mark Winne
Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible by Herl Mindell
Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton
Farming with the Wild by Daniel Imhoff
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemingway
Grassland by Richard Manning
Harvest: A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm by Nicola Smith
Holy Cows & Hog Heaven Joel Salatin
Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll
How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons
Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens by Kathy Harrison
Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces by Patricia Lanza
Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family by John Hildebrand
Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre by Mark Ham
Permaculture in a Nutshell by Patrick Whitefield
Pigs, Profits & Rural Communities by Thu & Durrenberg
Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage and Lactic Fermentation by The Gardeners and Farmers of Terra Vivante
Root Cellaring by Mike & Nancy Bubel
Slow Food by Carlo Petrini
Square-Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
The Backyard Homestead edited by Carleen Madigan
The Cheese Chronicles by Liz Thorpe
The Next Green Revolution by Jim Horne & Maura McDermott
The Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
The Organic Life by Joan Dye Gussow
The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe
The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour
Wild Garlic, Gooseberries & Me Dennis Cotter