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The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Inspiration - The story of the UMass Permaculture Project

While looking through YouTube trying to find good continuing education videos, I found many. Small colleges and extension departments at universities and colleges all around the country have provided informational videos that have practical application for those of us seeking more educational resources. So, I bookmarked them to go back to later.

About an hour ago, however, I found one that stopped me in my tracks, soon found a second, and ultimately a third. I didn't just watch a couple minutes of each. I stayed and watched all three to the end, then moved on to their website. I realized this groundbreaking information must be shared with all my fellow master gardener volunteers. It's not only inspirational - or possible. It's happening - now. An entire campus dedicated to growing their own food.

Unless you've been living under a rock you have almost certainly heard of permaculture. Well, friends, here's the best advertisement for the practice I've found yet.

Click on the links in order, sit back, and be amazed.

Part 1/3 - Sheet Mulching and Soil Preparation: UMass Permaculture Documentary Series

Part 2/3 - Campus-Wide Design and Initial Planting Phase: UMass Permaculture Documentary Series

Part 3/3 - Growing a Model Sustainable Campus: UMass Permaculture Documentary Series

A second series highlights Ryan Harb who learned about permaculture while he was a student.  He is now a Sustainability Specialist for UMass.

Ryan Harb
Ryan Harb (Pt. 1/4) Permaculture Talk to UMass Amherst Botany for Gardens Class

Ryan Harb (Pt. 2/4) Permaculture Talk to UMass Amherst Botany for Gardens Class

Ryan Harb (Pt. 3/4) Permaculture Talk to UMass Amherst Botany for Gardens Class

Ryan Harb (Pt. 4/4) Permaculture Talk to UMass Amherst Botany for Gardens Class

For more information about this amazing project and the incredible people who achieved precisely what they set out to do visit their website at:

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