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Campus Permaculture Project Up for White House Recognition

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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6:32AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

They won!! Great job guys and gals!!

1:36PM PST on Feb 29, 2012


1:03PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

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

12:46PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

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!

11:39AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks for the inspiring article.

11:12AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

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

10:07AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks for the article

9:43AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thank you for the article...

9:11AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Good for them! Thanks for posting.

7:39AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

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

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