What is UMass Permaculture?
We educate the university campus and local community about ecological solutions for sustainable living by demonstrating edible, self-sustaining landscapes that are highly productive, bio-diverse, and low maintenance.
Facilitated by Auxiliary Enterprises, UMass Permaculture is one of the first university permaculture initiatives in the nation. Our program:
- Inspires excitement among students and the local community
- Reduces carbon emissions for the UMass campus
- Demonstrates ecological landscapes that can be replicated on campuses, at homes or in cities around the world
The UMass Permaculture Committee is the core group on campus working to achieve these goals. We design and implement the gardens, host events, organize volunteers, and network with surrounding communities and beyond.
We are one of many projects under the Campus Sustainability Initiative to help achieve carbon neutrality for the university by 2050.
Award Winning Initiative
Due to the garden’s innovation and success, UMass Permaculture has won five national awards, and a campus class gift of $25,000.
- White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge
- Real Food Challenge’s National Student Group of the Year
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ (NASPA) Silver Excellence Award
- FoodService Director’s “Going Green” Goldie Award
- NACAS National Student Author Contest
UMass Permaculture has hosted numerous school groups, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Amherst Regional High School, Williston Northampton Middle School, and Shutesbury Elementary. To schedule a tour or visit, contact us at email@example.com.
Volunteers are always welcome at our gardens. Visit our website for volunteer hours during the growing season!
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