Ithaca College Permaculture Garden

Ithaca College Permaculture Garden from Samantha Mason on Vimeo.

SEEDs specializes in educational and collaborative approaches to design, implementation and maintenance of permaculture sites.

Starting in 2009, SEEDs mentored students to transform an underutilized space adjacent to Williams Hall with a “prison yard” atmosphere into a garden that marries aesthetics with food production while modeling approaches for passive cooling, carbon sequestration, water conservation, and valuing ecosystem services. The design was installed in 2012, and since then Karryn has continued her work as an adjunct professor at Ithaca College to provide ongoing education to ensure that we have new “crops” of students who are excited to learn more about permaculture and gardening on campus.

Before--you can see why Karryn called this the "prison yard aesthetic!"

Before–you can see why Karryn called this the “prison yard aesthetic!”

The lively work crew that amended the soil for the garden!

The lively work crew that amended the soil for the garden!

First Harvest Celebration in the Fall of 2011. The site is now a beautiful outdoor classroom that produces food, flowers, and herbs while demonstrating a new paradigm for landscaping that sequesters carbon and funds itself.

First Harvest Celebration in the Fall of 2011.

The site is now a beautiful outdoor classroom that produces food, flowers, and herbs while demonstrating a new paradigm for landscaping that sequesters carbon and once our hardy kiwi come into fruit, the garden will fund itself.

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