Permaculture Site Naming Contest

Interested in naming the 1.7-acre permaculture education site being established on campus? The Office of Sustainability is seeking submissions from YOU, the campus community!

What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is the study and practice of creating socially just and ecologically regenerative systems through careful analysis and thoughtful design. Permaculture presents a whole systems approach that integrates people, plants, animals, landscapes, economies, built environments, energy, and food security to ensure humans have the ability to respond to crises with localized resilience and abundance.

The SiteThe proposal for establishing a permaculture site on campus was approved in May 2014. That summer, the college held a Permaculture Design Certification, in which students began to map the site’s slope, water flow, vegetation, and soil, as well as research perennial fruit and nut production. Office of Sustainability staff broke ground in the Fall of 2014, tilling and sowing winter rye in the lower half of the site, which will support a variety of vegetables and other annuals. In Spring-Fall of 2015, the Office of Sustainability will begin establishing a fruit and berry orchard, designed by academic interns, as well as other perennials.

Edmundite History of the Site
The site has a wonderful history dating back to the 1980s when the Edmundites originally called the space the Hunger Gardens. Learn more about the legacy here:
The Legacy of the SMC Hunger Gardens

Guidelines for Submissions
Submit a potential name for the permaculture site with a brief (1-paragraph) explanation as to why you feel that name reflects the nature of the site. We are looking for a name that captures the history of the site as well as the essence of its new future. Logo or other artwork is optional.
Email Erika Bodin at with your ideas by April 17th. A panel of students, faculty, and staff will select the winner by April 22nd, 2015.


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