When a campus lawn became a permaculture garden, TreeHuggers everywhere cheered. Then the UMass Amherst permaculture project got recognition from the White House, and threw a conference to discuss how similar projects might happen across the world.
In short, we like these guys.
They've just released the third in a three-part video series looking at the campus permaculture project, exploring its many successes so far. From growing over 1000lbs of produce for the cafeteria and farm stand, to educating and involving students and community alike, it's fair to say it has been a success. But it looks like this is just the beginning.
Project founder Ryan Harb explains that the group is aiming at creating a new campus garden every year, expanding across the University and shifting paradigms about what food is, and where it's grown, as they do so.