Since last Saturday's design charette event, the UMass Permaculture Planning Committee has been hard at work. Participants working in teams at the charette generated almost forty unique full-site designs for the Franklin Garden! We on the Committee have been carefully going over each and every one, pulling out countless ideas which may find their way into the final design for the site.
Last week, several of us traveled to the Big Easy for Menu Directions, a national conference on food trends for foodservice operators. We were excited to glean new menu tips and techniques, but we were also eager for the Goldies awards presentation. A new award in the industry, the Goldies are given to operators that demonstrates excellence in key elements of foodservice. And we knew we were in the running.
I’d like to begin this reflection on Saturday’s Design Charrette with a message of gratitude.
Like many of you, I am ready to be done with winter. Yesterday morning, we had two more inches of snow followed by good rain. I thought the rain would wash most of the snow away, but we had another dusting this morning.
I have always liked Valentine’s Day. It might have something to do with all the bright red and pink, a welcomed splash of color to drab winter days. More likely, though, it’s because Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love—with food.
On Saturday, March 5th from 1:30pm-5:30pm, Auxiliary Services and UMass Permaculture will host a campus-wide Permaculture Garden Design Workshop inside Franklin Dining Commons. This is an opportunity to participate in the design phase of our campus permaculture garden.
Sidenote: I am writing this in the midst of the snowstorm in which classes are cancelled and the university is officially closed. I am the only one in the office. I figured it would be a good time to catch up on things, but it sure feels lonely.
On Wednesday morning we held an Open Space activity for the UMass Permaculture Committee.
Hey there, Everyone!