Permaculture Initiative

Franklin Dining Commons Permaculture Garden Work Day

The university has redefine the term local with the implementation of several on-campus sustainable permaculture gardens and creation of the UMass Permaculture Initiative. The UMass Permaculture Initiative is a unique and cutting-edge sustainability program that converts underused grass lawns on the campus into edible, low-maintenance, and easily replicable gardens. This initiative was created by students and then adopted and funded by our administration in 2010. Students and permaculture staff work together along with UMass Dining Services, the Sustainable UMass leadership team, and many other departments to demonstrate the vision of what a sustainable community and world can look like. 

The Permaculture Intiative now maintains five gardens: Bershire, Hampshire, Hillside, Worchester, and Franklin, which was awarded the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge in 2012

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