Campus Permaculture Project Up for White House Recognition

UMass permaculture revisited photo

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Back in March of last year, I posted on a project by UMass Amherst students to convert a campus lawn into an edible food forest and no-dig permaculture garden. That project soon spread to include a medicinal herb garden elsewhere on campus and projects working with local schools.

Now the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative is up for an award through the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge, and they need your votes. The challenge is intended to highlight the work being done by students around the nation to create real, lasting change, and comes with the backing of the president:

“All Across America, college and university students are helping our country out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world,” said President Obama. “I hope this challenge shines a light on their efforts, and inspires Americans of all ages to get involved in their communities.”

At the time of writing, the UMass Amhers students were out in front with 12,437 votes. Head on over to the campus challenge to add your voice. In the meantime, here's another one of their videos detailing what the project has been up to:

Campus Permaculture Project Up for White House Recognition
Umass Amherst students have been convertig a campus lawn into an edible food forest. Now the White House is taking notice.

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