Sustainability

Mission, Vision, Goals

Mission

Achieving food security through ecological design.

Vision

The Campus Garden reconnects people with historical foodways and explores future food resources that support environmental resilience. Students inspire healthy communities through the practice of permaculture and the multidisciplinary study of the environment.

Goals

Animals

Create nectaries for beneficial insects, pollinator corridors, and habitat for bats, birds, reptiles, and amphibians; explore the inclusion of livestock in closed-loop systems.   

Vibe

Grow an edible classroom and wildlife sanctuary that conveys a sense of tranquility, environmental renewal, and cultural reinvention.

Structures

Showcase low-impact, sustainable technology using natural and salvaged materials for cooking, food processing, teaching and learning spaces, and recreation.

Stormwater

Capture runoff from impervious services through the use of rain gardens, swales, ponds, cisterns, and soil infiltration techniques.

Fertility/Waste

Build soil by producing mulches and fertilizers through composted food waste and vegetation; cycle nutrients.

Food

Establish a mosaic of annual and perennial crop production infused with wild edibles in a multilayered forest garden; demonstrate educational models of useful nutrient-dense polycultures that thrive in the local foodshed; involve students in cooking, food processing, and preservation techniques.

Yields

Provide cutting-edge student learning and leadership opportunities in regenerative food production; host campus and community outreach workshops in gardening, cooking, wildcrafting, and natural building skills; develop fiscal self-sufficiency; create online profiles for useful plants featuring student-driven research; inspire permaculture sites across the region; redistribute surplus produce to community organizations in need.