Northern & Central Midwest
The Permaculture Institute is a non-profit organization that pulls together information and coursework in permaculture and sustainable living. Their informational website not only explains what this practice is all about, but also has a registry of projects and groups if you are interested in experiencing this on a higher level. There are groups all over the country, and classes are offered in all aspects of permaculture throughout the world. This site pulls it all together and can help you not only understand the concepts, but also experience what others are doing in this growing field.
Growing a Resilient Garden
The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times by Carol Deppe (ISBN-13: 978-1603580311)
This book is a treatise on how to survive and feed your family after any type of natural disaster, climatic change or simply a dry year by growing five crops, including chickens. She has given great advice on how to garden, how to store and cook the vegetables you grow, and how to keep a sense of humor while doing it. She comes at the solutions from a scientific background, and gives solid, clear advice that anyone can follow.