Campus Permaculture Project Up for White House Recognition


Written by Sami Grover

Back in March of last year, I posted on a project by UMass Amherst students to convert a campus lawn into an edible food forest and no-dig permaculture garden. That project soon spread to include a medicinal herb garden elsewhere on campus and projects working with local schools.

Now the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative is up for an award through the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge, and they need your votes. The challenge is intended to highlight the work being done by students around the nation to create real, lasting change, and comes with the backing of the president:

“All Across America, college and university students are helping our country out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world,” said President Obama. “I hope this challenge shines a light on their efforts, and inspires Americans of all ages to get involved in their communities.”

At the time of writing, the UMass Amhers students were out in front with 12,437 votes. Head on over to the campus challenge to add your voice. In the meantime, here’s another one of their videos detailing what the project has been up to:

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

They won!! Great job guys and gals!!

Jane L.3 years ago


Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.3 years ago

Cast my vote for the great students of UMass Amherst! Great Job!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.3 years ago

This is such a great project and I hope the UMass Amherst campus wins the award for their work in permaculture. Thanks to President Obama for honoring this project.
I love the idea that they have being doing a documentary and want to watch the whole thing once completed.
Thanks Treehugger!

Linda T.
Linda T.3 years ago

Thanks for the inspiring article.

Kristina C.
Kristina C.3 years ago

Thank you mr. President for honoring this project - maybe it will inspire many others.

Mel M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for the article

John Mansky
John Mansky3 years ago

Thank you for the article...

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Good for them! Thanks for posting.

Lynette B.
Lynette B.3 years ago

Good for the students, the faculty, the local community, and all who are involved in this project.