With the summer heat trading itself for the crispness of fall, the six of us who worked in the UMass Permaculture gardens this season are saying goodbye to the jobs we have come to love.
Together, we planted seeds and watched them grow. We built structures that will stand in the gardens long after we leave the university. We treasured the sweet harvests of our labor.
Most importantly, we built a community, a community of passionate, loving individuals who care deeply for the future of this planet.
This summer I learned about the power of permaculture. Permaculture is so much more than an agricultural system of design; it is, at its roots, a system that allows us to create sustainable relationships with the earth, its inhabitants, and each other.
Although our team may be parting ways, the lessons we have learned will travel with us – we are the seeds of knowledge in the wind.
As we leave, we are making space for new seeds to grow.
Every Fall Semester, UMass permaculture offers a one credit practicum course seeking students from all disciplines who are interested in gardening, food, and of course, permaculture to work in the gardens for 3 hours a week. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to grow food and grow your community at UMass!
Click here for more information and to apply for this incredible opportunity!
Good luck in the Fall 2015 Semester and come check out the beautiful gardens when you return to campus!
Goodbye for now; see you in the gardens!
Xochiquetzal Salazar is a Sustainable Food & Farming Major here at UMass. She was a member of the 2015 Permaculture Garden Crew and continues to work with Auxiliary Services as a Student Sustainability Coordinator.
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