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 in 2010. Students and permaculture staff work together along with UMass Dining Services, the Campus Sustainability Initiative, and many other departments to demonstrate the vision of what a sustainable community and world can look like.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a grassroots community movement and ecological design science based on principles and patterns found in nature. It provides a “how to” along with a set of ethics and principles that help us transition our communities, campuses, and our culture to become truly sustainable.
We pulled up all of our snap pea plants and one of our crew members, Giff, took a little break in them!