UMass permaculture garden feeds students

This is a great explanation, and speeded-up film of no-till, lasagna, sheet mulch gardening. However, I wonder about the use of wood chips as main mulching ingredient, as they takes so long to break down into soil. I’d suggest straw or leaves instead — lesson learned from our Green Acres Neighborhood (permaculture) Garden.

Also, BTW: I love the idea of turning all sunny campus lawns into edible gardens. Some of them are so large they could feed not just their student body, but their surrounding town.

There is a student-run permaculture garden at IU, but it suffers from lack of continuity in terms of the original leadership graduating and moving on. Campus gardens need to be directed by the universities themselves, through a Department of Sustainability that will, given what we’re up against in terms of climate change and peak oil (peak everything) need to grow larger and larger as the years go on. Ultimately, learning how to survive in a a world transitioning out of fossil fuel use may be the most valuable education that any young person could receive. As I heard one permaculture student say, at the end of a two-week permaculture design course, “I came to IU, and I’m about to graduate, and finally, in these last two weeks, I’ve learned something I needed and wanted.” Her face, as she said this, was illuminated, alive.

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