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Franklin Permaculture Garden (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Franklin Permaculture Garden (University of Massachusetts  Amherst)

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  • Commenced: 01/09/2010
  • Submitted: 03/12/2011
  • Last updated: 11/10/2014
  • Location: 260 Stockbridge Road, Amherst, MA, United States
  • Website: www.UMassPermaculture.com
  • Climate zone: Cool Temperate



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Franklin Permaculture Garden (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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Commercial, Community, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

The Franklin Permaculture Garden is located directly on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus (adjacent to Franklin Dining Common.) It is a quarter-acre site that was transformed in 2010 from a conventional grass lawn into a demonstration and educational permaculture garden for the UMass Amherst and local community.

Project Description

Since its emergence in 2010, UMass Permaculture (a student group, overseen by permaculture designer, Ryan Harb) has transformed two grass lawns on the campus into sustainable permaculture gardens. This has involved over 1000 participants, more than a dozen local K-12 schools, and has incorporated over 500,000 pounds of UMass compost, recycled cardboard and wood chips without the use of any fossil fuels on-site. The flagship garden, located adjacent to Franklin Dining Common, has alone supplied over 1000 pounds of local, sustainable produce to UMass Dining Services in less than one year's time. This has been recognized by supporters nationwide.

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