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Permaculture Pioneers At UMass Amherst

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Students Teaching Students To Save The World

The UMass Permaculture Initiative are a group that transforms old useless campus lawns into lush gardens, where the organic produce is harvested for the cafeteria.

At the flagship campus at Amherst, the students are educating each other and the local community about ecological permaculture solutions by creating edible perennial landscapes that are highly productive, low maintenance, and look beautiful.

In 2011 their efforts resulted in over 1,000 lbs of produce in about 3,500 square feet of bed space.

They add one permaculture landscape to the campus each imagine that campus in a few decades!

"We can go out and we can really restore these damaged or unproductive eco systems and start growing food on them, and start to strengthen our local communities, and strengthen our local economies and make our campuses, our businesses and our homes more sustainable." says founder Ryan Harb.

Best of all: they're now reaching out to other local schools who want to revolutionize their old useless lawn space! Go U Mass!

--Bibi Farber

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