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Benches Dedicated to Permaculture Garden

Three rustic benches now adorn St. Lawrence University’s permaculture garden, a space meant to integrate people with the surrounding natural landscape.

According to Louise Gava, coordinator of sustainability projects and assistant director of the Sustainability Semester, the mission of the Fruit for the Future Permaculture Garden is to prove that landscaping on the St. Lawrence campus can be visually appealing as well as sustainable and productive.

The permaculture garden, which is located behind Common’s College at 78 Park Street, will yield seasonal fruits, nuts, and herbs for humans while simultaneously providing a habitat for birds, insects and animals. The goal is for the garden to become a place of learning and respite for its visitors, benefiting both the campus and local communities.

The benches were built as part of the North Country Folk Series by Fred Peryer of Rustick Creations, who spent two days working with First-Year Program Curtin College students to build the three rustic benches. The benches were made possible by a 2012 campus Innovation Grant. Catherine Bennett ’16 and Jess McGlinchey ’15 are currently overseeing care of the garden.

Permaculture, according to the grant proposal, is an ecological, holistic and sustainable design system and philosophy for human living spaces. Permaculture gardens use techniques and practices that combine the best of wildlife gardening, edible landscaping, and native-plant cultivation into one low-maintenance, self-contained and productive ecosystem.