UMass Amherst’s Permaculture Dining Garden

Last year when I decided to expanded my veg garden, (with the prodding of a good friend who is a UMass permaculture graduate) I used the ‘lasagna’ method. With a flew glitches (wild raspberry and poke will find their way through a mountain of compost and cardboard) it was wildly successful. I am a complete convert and I am happy to spread the permaculture gospel.
So when a message from Ryan Harb came across my desk asking for my help in a community supported marketing project of a short permaculture documentary I am of course more than happy to oblige.  He is trying to reach a goal for the Youtube video to achieve over 10,000 views by April 1!

It’s only a few minutes, but is well worth a watch.  I was viewer # 1589. What viewer # were you?  Maybe studio ‘g’ readers can put them over the top?  Thanks!

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Scott Hokunson on March 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for sharing this Rochelle! I met Ryan in December at a Sustainable Design Charrette at Wesleyan University. I’m glad to see sustainable practices gaining momentum and appearing at our nation’s universities. Looking forward to following this project!

    P.S. I was viewer #1884!

  2. louise on March 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I started my no till garden with these principles last season as well, It is next to 8 double dug beds which are 10 yrs old.- our soil is sandy gravel so building topsoil is crucial to hosting heavy feeding annual vegetable crops. There is alot of help on the western mass permaculture group P.I.N.E.- meetings and workshops, workdays, etc. great community of folks in the NE area.

    guess Im chasing Scott- I was viewer #1885.

  3. kristy on March 12, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Thanks for the heads up about this film, I was viewer #3505.

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