UMass Permaculture Gardens Win National Award and $25,000 in Gifts

Via Scoop.itPermaculture Design Review

UMass Permaculture: Modeling how to regenerate underused and abused landscapes and creating low-maintenance, educational, and edible gardens for the UMass Amherst campus and local community.   UMass Permaculture, a student-led group which is administered by UMass Dining, has recently been recognized as National Student Group of the Year by the Real Food Challenge.   The Real Food Challenge is a national organization that aims to shift campus food operations from unsustainable practices and nutrient-deficient food to strictly ‘real food’, which is defined as “food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth.”   “UMass Permaculture and UMass Dining are creating a Real Food Model which we hope to see replicated at many other schools over time,” says Ryan Harb, Chief Sustainability Coordinator for UMass Auxiliary Enterprises. Together, these two groups will host a conference in June 2012 that teaches and encourages other schools to establish permaculture gardens on their campus, similar to UMass Amherst.


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