UMass Amherst Permaculture

UMass Amherst Permaculture A nationally recognized sustainability initiative sponsored by UMass Dining: localumass.com/permaculture.html
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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 and then adopted and funded by our administration in 2010. Students and permaculture staff work together along with UMass Dining Services, Sustainable UMass, and various campus departments to demonstrate the vision of what a sustainable community and world can look like. UMass is one of the only public universities in the country implementing sustainable permaculture gardens directly on campus each year and serving the local, healthy produce in the UMass Dining Commons. View our documentary: http://youtu.be/XWHSzGDItBA

Mission: The UMass Permaculture Initiative is changing the way students interact with their food and surroundings with the creation of on-campus permaculture gardens. As part of the Healthy and Sustainable Food System Initiative, UMass Permaculture serves as a hands-on, experiential teaching tool for students to learn about local, healthy food systems.

UMass Permaculture is hiring! We're looking for a couple permaculture all-stars to be our next Student Garden Coordinato...
08/01/2019
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UMass Permaculture is hiring!

We're looking for a couple permaculture all-stars to be our next Student Garden Coordinators. This position is ideal for those interested in regenerative gardening, event organization, facilitation, and community-building.

Click the link below to apply! Or drop us an email at [email protected] with questions.

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Making herbal lemonade today with Eureka Girls inc. Purple Basil lemonade won over a lot of hearts.
07/31/2019

Making herbal lemonade today with Eureka Girls inc. Purple Basil lemonade won over a lot of hearts.

07/22/2019

Nothing more satisfying than unearthing a beautiful bulb of vampire-fighting goodness.

We're hiring for our Summer Crew! This is a unique position for anyone who's interested in learning more about organic g...
07/01/2019
UMass Permaculture Summer Garden Crew Position Description Summer 2019

We're hiring for our Summer Crew! This is a unique position for anyone who's interested in learning more about organic gardening, herbalism, food processing, and more.

To apply, fill out the application below.

Summer Garden Crew Position Description: Members of the Summer Crew work to support the planning and upkeep of the UMass Permaculture gardens and educate garden visitors. For this role, members of the Summer Crew will develop and maintain our on-campus permaculture sites at Franklin, Berkshire, Hill...

05/10/2019

An exciting week! One of our Franklin garden hives swarmed into the pear tree. With Nothing more than a cardboard box we were able to nudge the gypsy bees to a cozy new hive. What odd, beautiful beings they are!

Timeline Photos
05/02/2019

Timeline Photos

04/30/2019

We’d like to extend a welcome to the 40,000 new buzzing residents of Umass Amherst!

Stop by the Berkshire and Franklin Permaculture gardens to see our two new hives.

Thanks to chef Simon from @umassdining for his expertise!

The show must go on! The farmers market and clothing repair fair will happen today as planned. Join us under the big ten...
04/26/2019

The show must go on! The farmers market and clothing repair fair will happen today as planned. Join us under the big tent on Goodell Lawn between 12 and 4 pm for some good conversation, mending, and shopping.

Unfortunately, we will be canceling volunteer hours in the garden today due to rain.

Don’t forget to bring all those extra clothes you have laying around (that you know you don’t wear anymore!!), cloth...
04/25/2019

Don’t forget to bring all those extra clothes you have laying around (that you know you don’t wear anymore!!), clothing you need repaired, or clothing related projects you need help on to the Farmers Markets TOMORROW.
There will be wonderfully talented and skilled seamstresses, embroiderers and a clothing swap happening all on Goodell Lawn from 12-4 :)

Join us today in the Franklin Garden for some volunteer fun from 230-345! Tomorrow is the final Farmers Market of the ac...
04/25/2019

Join us today in the Franklin Garden for some volunteer fun from 230-345!
Tomorrow is the final Farmers Market of the academic year!! Come see the wonderful student vendors from 12-4pm and help support some small businesses :)

Come celebrate your home today at the annual Earth Day festival and farmers market. 12-4 pm on Goodell lawn! And don’t...
04/18/2019

Come celebrate your home today at the annual Earth Day festival and farmers market. 12-4 pm on Goodell lawn!

And don’t forget to try abicycle-powered smoothie while you’re there!

@umassfarmersmarket
@umass_student_farm @umass_sustain

04/11/2019

Looking to break your winter slumber? Stop by our first Spring Farmers' Market of the season tomorrow in the Blue Wall Atrium Room from 12 - 4 PM.

Free Wheatgrass shoots! Free apps! Lots of amazing stuff for sale! Oh, and live music! What's not to love?

So grateful to our amazing volunteers and UMPI practicum team! Together, we can move mountains.
04/05/2019

So grateful to our amazing volunteers and UMPI practicum team! Together, we can move mountains.

04/04/2019

A note to our beloved volunteers: we will be playing in the Berkshire garden today where we’ll be harvesting sunchokes and doing some spring cleanup.

We’ll be offering rides from the Franklin garden at 2:30. Or, meet us by Berkshire (the garden is next to Argo Tea).

Want to get your hands dirty through stewarding the amazing umass permaculture gardens?Sign up for the Pemaculture Garde...
04/03/2019

Want to get your hands dirty through stewarding the amazing umass permaculture gardens?

Sign up for the Pemaculture Gardening practicum for Fall 2019! Find it under StockSch 198P in Spire.

Due to the rain, the pruning workshop is postponed to Monday 4/1 from 2:30-3:45!!
03/29/2019

Due to the rain, the pruning workshop is postponed to Monday 4/1 from 2:30-3:45!!

Have you been yearning to get your hands dirty? Looking for some volunteer hours? Or just wanting to learn or practice g...
03/21/2019

Have you been yearning to get your hands dirty? Looking for some volunteer hours? Or just wanting to learn or practice gardening skills? Join us in the Franklin Permaculture Garden every Thursday and Friday from 2:30-3:45 p.m. starting today! Hope to see you there!

The UMass Permaculture gardens are now featured as an official USDA Climate Hub! As part of the process, the USDA create...
03/20/2019
UMass Amherst Student-led Permaculture Gardens Serve as Model for Sustainable and Adaptive Agriculture

The UMass Permaculture gardens are now featured as an official USDA Climate Hub!

As part of the process, the USDA creates some beautiful, interactive 360 degree images of our three largest gardens by Franklin, Berkshire, and the Chancellor's house. Check 'em out!

To educate and inspire people about how to farm and garden sustainably in the Northeast, three student-led permaculture gardens at UMass are now featured in vivid and interactive, 360-degree splendor on the USDA’s Climate Hubs website.

Yes we canned (Vietnamese style carrot and radish pickles) with the Permaculture Gardening practicum team. #foodpreserva...
02/27/2019

Yes we canned (Vietnamese style carrot and radish pickles) with the Permaculture Gardening practicum team.

#foodpreservation #resilience

Hiring a New Student auxiliary sustainability coordinator
02/22/2019
Hiring a New Student auxiliary sustainability coordinator

Hiring a New Student auxiliary sustainability coordinator

UMass Dining's Sustainability department is now hiring a Student Auxiliary Sustainability Coordinator. The Student Auxiliary Sustainability Coordinator supports projects currently in progress and...

The UMass Permaculture Initiative will be featured tonight on a live broadcast of Farm to Fork Radio! Tune in tonight at...
02/19/2019
Valley Free Radio

The UMass Permaculture Initiative will be featured tonight on a live broadcast of Farm to Fork Radio!

Tune in tonight at 7 PM to Valley Free Radio (WXOJ 103.3 FM) to listen to an interview with local permaculturists Dan Bensonoff, Kyana Ferro and Cas Spera. We'll be talking about our 9 years of experience building edible, educational spaces on campus.

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Free Speech is in the Air

Winter's a great time to "self-regulate". Look back to make sure mistakes are rectified and corrected. With that spirit ...
01/31/2019
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Winter's a great time to "self-regulate". Look back to make sure mistakes are rectified and corrected.

With that spirit in mind, we've been reflecting on 2018 and thinking about how to make 2019 even more impactful for the UMass community. Got ideas for us? We'd love to hear them!

While 2018 may feel like an eternity ago, we would like to take a moment to reflect on some successes we braved within the Permaculture Initiative. Last year our ½ acre of combined gardens was able...

UMass Amherst Permaculture's cover photo
01/10/2019

UMass Amherst Permaculture's cover photo

Check out UMass Permaculture and SFF student Meghan Sawtelle's reflections about her experience attending our Diet For A...
01/09/2019

Check out UMass Permaculture and SFF student Meghan Sawtelle's reflections about her experience attending our Diet For A Cooler Planet Dinner this November. This event featured low-carbon ingredients from local farms practicing alternative farming practices including the UMass Student Farm.

https://www.localumass.com/blog/diet-for-a-cooler-planet-dinner

Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this dinner happen including Lisa DePiano and UMass Carbon Farming Initiative!!

Holiday Gift Making Workshop
01/08/2019

Holiday Gift Making Workshop

Diet For a Cooler Planet
01/08/2019

Diet For a Cooler Planet

Flowers for All
01/02/2019
Flowers for All

Flowers for All

Blog by: Jacqueline Williams At Food For All, we dedicate ourselves to fulfilling our mission of working with local relief organizations to recover and deliver locally grown produce to the surroun…

What an amazing day yesterday! Thanks to all who came and made medicinal fire cider, wild grape wreaths, sugar scrubs, a...
12/14/2018
Sustainability Reading Day Holiday Gifts Workshop

What an amazing day yesterday! Thanks to all who came and made medicinal fire cider, wild grape wreaths, sugar scrubs, and lavender-infused heating pads. Happy holidays!

#DIYculture
#powerfulhands

Explore this photo album by UMass Dining on Flickr!

Holiday market is on! Come by the cape cod lounge between 12 and 3 pm for gifts, hot chocolate, and cookie decorating!
12/07/2018

Holiday market is on! Come by the cape cod lounge between 12 and 3 pm for gifts, hot chocolate, and cookie decorating!

Skips the shops & buy local with the first Holiday Student Farmers’ Market this FRIDAY at the Student Union Cape Cod L...
12/05/2018

Skips the shops & buy local with the first Holiday Student Farmers’ Market this FRIDAY at the Student Union Cape Cod Lounge!! There will be an array of handmade goodies, crafts, sweets & more choose from along with sugar cookie decorating & free hot chocolate!!

Looking for some inspiration during these dark days? Come watch “Inhabit” tomorrow night @ 6 PM in Roots Cafe. The f...
12/04/2018

Looking for some inspiration during these dark days? Come watch “Inhabit” tomorrow night @ 6 PM in Roots Cafe. The film will be introduced by Lisa DePiano.

Free popcorn!

Thanks to @lmdepiano and @umassdining for making this showing happen.

Have you checked out our largest blog post? Click the link in bio to learn about our last fall market of the year and ho...
12/03/2018

Have you checked out our largest blog post? Click the link in bio to learn about our last fall market of the year and how the Food For All program on campus put together meaningful ways to bring food insecurity to the forefront of our minds. While you’re there check out the FREE zine created by Jordan Lake about food access and insecurity on campus & ways to get food!

Calling all volunteers!  We’ll be out in Franklin Permaculture garden tomorrow from 10 am - 12 pm building a hugelkult...
11/29/2018

Calling all volunteers!

We’ll be out in Franklin Permaculture garden tomorrow from 10 am - 12 pm building a hugelkultur bed.

Help us build soil while enjoying good company!

(Make sure to wear mud-proof shoes and sturdy clothing!)

11/26/2018

Have you seen the new hugelkultur in the Franklin Garden? Due to standing water complications this past summer, one of our annual vegetable beds needed a major adjustment for the coming growing seasons. Here’s a video of us putting in the hugelkultur with the help of Lisa Depiano’s Food Forest class! Thank you all for the help!

Join us the THURSDAY after break for an excited evening dedicated to self-care!! Come to Peoples Market to enjoy a full ...
11/21/2018

Join us the THURSDAY after break for an excited evening dedicated to self-care!! Come to Peoples Market to enjoy a full tea bar, engage with activities to derive a personalized self-care plan and leave with lots of new ideas of how to care for your body!

How much wood would a woodchuk chuck if a woodchuk wanted to create spongy carbon-rich soil to feed their vegetables? We...
11/15/2018

How much wood would a woodchuk chuck if a woodchuk wanted to create spongy carbon-rich soil to feed their vegetables?

Well, if that woodchuk knew about hugelkultur, they'd chuck all that wood under the soil, where it would slowly decompose and build soil over the years.

Hugelkulur ("mound culture" in german) is a technique of turning waste wood into long-term fertility. Simply dig down into the soil, layer some woody material that's not suitable for other uses, and cover it up with soil and mulch. And voila, you have a beautiful raised bed that will only improve with each passing year.

11/14/2018

Due to the coming snow, tomorrow's farmers' market has been cancelled. But fear not! We're planning to have one more Holiday Market on Friday Dec. 7th in the Cape Cod Lounge. Hope to see you there!

It’s shiitake season in the Franklin permaculture garden ! Stop by tomorrow during volunteer hours to help us harvest ...
11/07/2018

It’s shiitake season in the Franklin permaculture garden ! Stop by tomorrow during volunteer hours to help us harvest them! 9:30 am - 11 am

The 3rd annual Bridge Scholar Visit is TODAY from 12-1 PM in the Design Building!
11/06/2018

The 3rd annual Bridge Scholar Visit is TODAY from 12-1 PM in the Design Building!

11/01/2018
UMass Student Farmers' Market

UMass Student Farmers' Market

Tomorrow's market is CANCELLED due to stormy, wet weather. We'll see y'all next Friday for a special food justice themed market!

Our weekly Friday Student Farmers Markets features fresh veggies, flowers, local crafts and more! Stop by Goodell Lawn f...
11/01/2018

Our weekly Friday Student Farmers Markets features fresh veggies, flowers, local crafts and more! Stop by Goodell Lawn from 12-4 PM and check it out. #farmersmarket #local #fresh

The Glean Club. We unearthed 500 lbs of sweet potatoes to be distributed at Umass student farmers market on 11/9. Donati...
10/28/2018

The Glean Club.

We unearthed 500 lbs of sweet potatoes to be distributed at Umass student farmers market on 11/9. Donations will benefit local efforts to get good food to those in need.

Thanks to Cjakowski Farm for growing these sweeties!

Attention, attention! Gleaning Volunteers Needed! Help us reduce food waste while providing yummy sweet potatoes for the...
10/23/2018

Attention, attention! Gleaning Volunteers Needed!

Help us reduce food waste while providing yummy sweet potatoes for the Amherst Survival Center. Come make a difference by providing real, nutritious food for those who need it.

We'll meet tomorrow at 10 AM at Franklin Permaculture Garden (by the log circle). From there, we'll drive everyone to the farm, where we'll spend about an hour gleaning the field. We plan to be back on campus by 11:30 AM.

Please RSVP if you can make it! Just reply below or email [email protected]

The killing frost has taken the tender ones. While our peppers, tomatoes, tulsi, and others have given up the ghost, we ...
10/22/2018

The killing frost has taken the tender ones. While our peppers, tomatoes, tulsi, and others have given up the ghost, we still have many delicious greens, roots, and tubers left to harvest. Next harvest: Chinese yam root and sunchokes.

Address

260 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA
01003

Take the PVTA 30/31/33/46 bus to the UMass Fine Arts Center if travelling South or UMass Studio Arts Building if traveling North. Take the PVTA B43 to Haigis Mall.

General information

Join us in the garden! Open volunteer hours throughout the Fall every Thursday and Friday from 9:30 AM - 11 AM. Meet in the Franklin Permaculture Garden. ​If you have any questions, please email [email protected] Schedule a group tour of the Franklin Garden here: http://www.localumass.com/schedule-a-tour.html

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