Alumni Weekend: Durfee Open House and Permaculture Garden Tour

Permaculture garden
June 2, 2017
2:30 pm-3:45 pm

Experience an exotic getaway at the Durfee Conservatory. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of campus, this greenhouse complex is a sanctuary of peace and serenity. Constructed in 1867, Durfee houses five different garden collections, all of which astound with their beauty and vitality. Conservatory staff will be available to answer any questions. 

The Franklin Permaculture Garden produces over 4,500 pounds of vegetables, fruits, and herbs harvested by students and used in UMass Dining facilities. Go on a guided tour of the garden, taste the produce currently in harvest, and participate in a gardening activity where you can pick fresh produce to take home.

Part of the UMass Permaculture Initiative, this garden and others on campus are changing the way students interact with their food and surroundings. Established  in 2010, the initiative has brought together students from all academic realms, as well as faculty, staff, and community members to convert underutilized grass lawns on the campus into edible, educational, and biodiverse gardens.

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