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.

05/08/2020

Want to grow a plant that will really fill your belly? Look no further than the humble spud.

Nopales, prickly pear, Opuntia ficus-indica, cactus pear...whatever you call it, this plant ally has much to offer. We’r...
05/07/2020

Nopales, prickly pear, Opuntia ficus-indica, cactus pear...whatever you call it, this plant ally has much to offer.

We’re trialing them in our of our driest, most herbivore-dense gardens. We think it might provide some nice low-Maintanence food and medicine (blood sugar regulator) while looking spectacularly weird.

05/06/2020

We planted bamboo today in our Franklin permaculture garden to act as a wind break, wildlife habitat, biomass generator, and a perennial food source.

Peach and pear strutting their stuff this week. Time for the bees to feast.
04/21/2020

Peach and pear strutting their stuff this week. Time for the bees to feast.

04/15/2020
04/09/2020

Ready to get gardening? Now is the time to start prepping your soil for planting. Learn how we do it At the UMass permaculture gardens.

Timeline Photos
03/31/2020

Timeline Photos

03/30/2020

Hello home-bound volunteers,
We hope you all are in good health and spirits, despite the turmoil.

We are sad to say that we will not be able to have volunteer help in the gardens this Spring. Until social distancing guidelines change, the permaculture gardens will continue to be maintained by core staff.

For those on campus, you are still welcome to walk through the gardens at your own discretion. And we hope you do! The gardens are starting to wake up!

Herbal DIY Body Care
03/06/2020

Herbal DIY Body Care

Want to treat your body right? If so, you might be interested in our upcoming Herbal DIY Body Care workshop on Wednesday...
02/24/2020

Want to treat your body right? If so, you might be interested in our upcoming Herbal DIY Body Care workshop on Wednesday March 4th at 6 pm. The workshop will be led by Jade Alicandro Mace, local herbalist and creator of @milkandhoneyherbs .

RSVP required to attend. Send an email to [email protected] to reserve your spot!

Calling all UMass artists!The permaculture initiative is currently seeking art proposals for the Franklin permaculture g...
02/18/2020

Calling all UMass artists!

The permaculture initiative is currently seeking art proposals for the Franklin permaculture garden.

Submissions can be for visual or performance art. Projects must embody permaculture values or ideas. Participatory art is especially welcome!

Submissions must be received by March 1. If you’re selected you’ll receive a stipend and a budget for materials.

bit.ly/heart-garden-apply

Arts Extension Service

Though the days are dark and cold, let’s not forget what’s going on below.Credit to @cyclicalbody
12/20/2019

Though the days are dark and cold, let’s not forget what’s going on below.

Credit to @cyclicalbody

Holiday Market 2019
12/16/2019

Holiday Market 2019

Handmade Holiday Gift Making 2019
12/16/2019

Handmade Holiday Gift Making 2019

Want to give your head a break while working with your hands?Come on over to Blue Wall’s Atrium room today between 12 pm...
12/12/2019

Want to give your head a break while working with your hands?

Come on over to Blue Wall’s Atrium room today between 12 pm and 4 pm for some handmade gift making!

Ever tried fire cider?This immune-boosting folk remedy uses warming herbs, roots, and spices to deliver a strong K.O. to...
12/11/2019

Ever tried fire cider?

This immune-boosting folk remedy uses warming herbs, roots, and spices to deliver a strong K.O. to any malevolent beastie.

Want to make your own? Come to the Handmade Holiday Gifts event this Thursday from 12 - 4 pm in the Blue Wall Atrium Room.

Farmers' Market Spring 2019
12/11/2019

Farmers' Market Spring 2019

Permaculture Workday Spring 2019
12/11/2019

Permaculture Workday Spring 2019

Farmers' Market Fall 2019
12/11/2019

Farmers' Market Fall 2019

Looking for cheap, sustainable gifts for the holidays? We’ve got you covered.Come make beeswax candles, wreaths, tea ble...
12/10/2019

Looking for cheap, sustainable gifts for the holidays? We’ve got you covered.

Come make beeswax candles, wreaths, tea blends, and fire cider this Thursday in the Blue Wall Atrium room.

It’s raining, it’s snowingThe holiday market is starting! Check out the Holiday market today from 12 - 4 pm in the Blue ...
12/06/2019

It’s raining, it’s snowing
The holiday market is starting!

Check out the Holiday market today from 12 - 4 pm in the Blue Wall Atrium Room for a selection of handmade art, herbal products, live music and more.

Come decorate some cookies and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts!

August 28 2019
12/04/2019

August 28 2019

August 28 2019

Time to stock up on handmade goodies from your local student maker.Oh, and did we mention that there will be free cookie...
12/04/2019

Time to stock up on handmade goodies from your local student maker.

Oh, and did we mention that there will be free cookie decorating and got chocolate?

October 17 2019
12/04/2019

October 17 2019

October 17 2019

Today! #slowfashion
11/20/2019

Today! #slowfashion

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled clothing yearning to breathe free. That’s right: time to give second life to...
11/18/2019

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled clothing yearning to breathe free.

That’s right: time to give second life to the ripped, tattered, worn out, buttonless, zipper-less, and threadbare clothing tucked deep inside your closet.

Bring it all to the Clothing Repair Fair this Wednesday from 2:30 - 6:30 at the UMass Makerspace

11/14/2019

Our volunteer season is coming to a close shortly. We’ll be out and about the gardens this Thursday and Friday morning from 9:30 - 11 am. Come join us for seed and herb processing, carrot and sunchoke harvesting, and maybe even some machete practice!

Did you know that UMass offers a hands-on practicum where you can learn about regenerative gardening, plant medicine, fo...
11/06/2019

Did you know that UMass offers a hands-on practicum where you can learn about regenerative gardening, plant medicine, foraging, and other skills that build self and community resilience?

Fermentation: the mysterious process by which plain cabbage becomes tangy, probiotic sauerkraut.Want to learn to make yo...
10/30/2019

Fermentation: the mysterious process by which plain cabbage becomes tangy, probiotic sauerkraut.

Want to learn to make your own? Come to the Umass Farmers Market this Friday for DIY kraut and wild soda samples!

Enjoy these joyful pictures from last week's fall forage walk where students discovered a variety of wild edible foods o...
10/28/2019

Enjoy these joyful pictures from last week's fall forage walk where students discovered a variety of wild edible foods on campus.

Enjoy these joyful pictures from last week's fall forage walk where students discovered a variety of wild edible foods on campus.

Does digging in the dirt and climbing trees in the pursuit of tasty and nutritious treats sound like your idea of a good...
10/22/2019

Does digging in the dirt and climbing trees in the pursuit of tasty and nutritious treats sound like your idea of a good time? If so, join your fellow foraging freaks this Thursday for a workshop on wild edibles with permaculture teacher Dan Bensonoff.

RSVP required. See flyer pic for info.

We’re incredibly excited to offer our first ever honey harvest this Friday at the @umassfarmersmarket! The honey comes f...
10/16/2019

We’re incredibly excited to offer our first ever honey harvest this Friday at the @umassfarmersmarket!

The honey comes from our five hives located at Franklin and Hampshire DC.

Come by the east pond lawn this Friday between and 12 and 4 pm to try some!

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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The UMass Permaculture Initiative is a unique and cutting-edge sustainability program that converts underutilized campus lawns 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 UMass Permaculture staff work together along with UMass Dining Services, The Stockbridge School of Agriculture, 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. Visit our website.

View our documentary.

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