Ithaca College Permaculture Garden from Samantha Mason on Vimeo.
SEEDs specializes in educational and collaborative approaches to design, implementation and maintenance of permaculture sites.
From 2009-2019, 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 after then Karryn continued her work as an adjunct professor at Ithaca College to provide ongoing education to ensure that there were new “crops” of students who are excited to learn more about permaculture and gardening on campus.
The site is now a beautiful outdoor classroom for the campus to enjoy–but a classroom that produces food, flowers, and herbs, while demonstrating a new paradigm for landscaping that sequesters carbon.