(UMass Amherst) Permaculture Garden

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  1. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    The UMass Amherst Permaculture Garden is an integral component in the school’s policy of using local produce for 25% of all food served in campus dining by:
    1) providing more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to the campus dining commons annually,
    2) improving the ecosystem health, and
    3) educating the campus and community-at-large. Just three months into its inaugural growing season, the 1/4-acre, former grass lawn is already providing fresh vegetables to one of the University's four dining commons. A long-range goal of the project is to grow produce certified as organic.

    In celebration of the project's first anniversary, the University invites the community for a dedication at the Permaculture Garden on 29 September. In addition, award-winning author Frances Moore Lappé will deliver a keynote address on sustainable living and hold a book signing after the dedication.
    https://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=232175
     
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    I personally still do not understand why every University doesn't do this in order to offset the costs of student housing / feeding.
     
  4. Michaelangelica

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    Sydney Uni does not even have recycling/compost/green waste bins.
    they do have a lot of lawn

    Originally Unis started (as for example Cambridge/Oxford), where there were lots of books, and people would come to read them. They nearly always had botanic or physic gardens (Fist in Padua Italy about c 1500 ) That's wher the concept of ''reading" for a degree came from. Nowadays students can get though their entire education without reading one book. Even fewer have contacts with gardens,
    https://www.bgci.org/resources/history/
    https://www.bgci.org/garden.php?id=480&ftrCountry=IT&ftrKeyword=&ftrBGCImem=&ftrIAReg=
    https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/09/umass-amherst_dedicating_perma.html
     

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