Woody Perennial Polyculture Site: Summer 2014 Update

Earlier this summer, I went out with Rob Kanter (writer of Environmental Almanac, instructor in by the School of Earth, Society, and Environment, and also my dad) to the Woody Perennial Polyculture site. The trees were just beginning to bud, and the bushes stretching out green growth. It’s quite a place: The Woody Perennial Polyculture site […]

New Website for WPP Research Site!

Check out the new website for the WPP Research Site at WPPRESEARCH.ORG! The Woody Perennial Polyculture (WPP) Research Site is a new large-scale research site on the South Farms of the Urbana-Champaign campus that studies the agricultural and ecological characteristics of a savanna-based agroecosystem. Primary crops include chestnut, hazelnut, apple, grape, raspberry, current, and pasture. Researchers […]

Student Sustainability Committee Funds Permaculture Study

This past spring, ASAP helped setup and partially fund the new Woody Perennial Polyculture research site here on the Urbana-Champaign campus (see article with more information here). This site, with its 3,200 young but quickly growing plants, aims to quantify the agricultural and ecological characteristics of this novel and diverse system. Despite one of the […]

Restoration Agriculture Project. Check out the video!

Article and video by Heather Faivre This spring students at the University of Illinois initiated a study of permaculture design at the Sustainable Student Farm on the South Farms of the Urbana, Illinois Campus. The study is called Restoration Agriculture, and the goal of the project is to compare the production of traditional corn and […]