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Campus Edible Garden Initiative – one of 15 finalists in White House “Champions of Change” Challenge

A meeting with Young Americans in the White House.

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

The top five finalists will be named Campus Champions of Change, and will be invited to the White House for a culminating event.

The UMass Amherst Permaculture Committee, has been selected as 1 of 15 finalists (out of 1000+ applications!) for the Campus Champions of Change Challenge, a national award hosted by none other than the White House! The general public is now voting for which teams will get A Trip To The White House and also be featured on MTV’s program “The Deans List.”

The UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative is a unique and cutting edge sustainability program that transforms grass lawns on the campus into diverse, edible, low-maintenance, and easily replicable gardens. Over the past two years students have create three community demonstration permaculture gardens that have engaged over 1000 students and more than a dozen local K-12 schools. Permaculture is defined as, “ecological design for sustainable communities that involves people working together to care for the planet.” It is considered to be the most sustainable form of gardening and farming and UMass Amherst is currently the only public university in the country implementing new permaculture gardens directly on campus each year and using the food in the dining commons. UMASS Amherst Permaculture Initiative – Ryan Harb, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Vote for them here.