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Amherst Permaculture House
Amherst Permaculture House
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3 Willow Lane, Amherst, MA, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Alexandra  Brady Daniel Hotter Joseph Whitmore Kevin O'Keefe Kevin Swanson Ryan Harb
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Amherst Permaculture House

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Residential, Community, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

In September, 2009, Ryan began his graduate thesis project - transforming an entire grass lawn in Amherst, MA into an edible forest garden. He documented the process and made it intentionally visible so as to raise awareness about permaculture and growing local food at your own home. In May, 2010 he hosted a tour of his "yarden" for UMass students, faculty and local neighbors / residents. This eventually led to the creation of a job for Ryan at the University of Massachusetts as their Chief Sustainability Coordinator and Permaculturalist. The project was deemed a success after inspiring local residents and universities to convert grass lawns to permaculture gardens in/around the Amherst area. Now, 3 Willow Lane is deemed the "Amherst Permaculture House", by UMass students or simply "home" to a handful of them each year.

Project Description

Home-scale permaculture design in Amherst, MA. Residential application of grass lawn conversion to permaculture garden. Benefits include improved ecosystem health, increased biodiversity, edible landscape and low-maintenance system. Ryan's M.S. thesis paper "Lawns to Gardens: Growing your own Food for Economic and Environmental Savings" is now available for download.


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