Americorps Permaculture Garden Installation
Meeting House Farm is non-profit organization, practicing a variety of permaculture techniques, while also fostering many agricultural, horticultural, and environmental education programs.
M( )MENT conducted a private consultation with Founding Director of Meeting House Farm (MHF
- Managerial Structure
- Mission Revision
- Operational Structure
- Program development
- Strategic Plan Development
The Art Farm project fosters creative environmental stewardship between students and local communities. Integrating art and design at all stages of the process, the Art Farm participants plant native trees and vegetation in effort to conserve, remediate, or augment chosen areas of the urban landscape. This project gives students the rare opportunity to extend their creativity beyond academic walls to impact real life environmental issues. Additionally, the Art Farm develops vital partnerships between academic institutions and local environmental and humanitarian organizations, while the entire city benefits from a cleaner, more attractive, and culturally richer environment.
This project is currently under development in the city of Boston, though the model could be applied to any school system and urban environment.
Merita Gardens combines Public Art, Permaculture, & Social Service. Consultation with Operations Manager at Merita Angelic Ministry - a non-profit dedicated to assisting people in need of housing, clothing, goods, & related services.
Fruit & vegetable gardens were built with sculptural bamboo armatures on a nearby residential property. The majority of the total harvest was donated to the charity. Perennials that attract natural predators and increase biodiversity were propagated and donated to ministry for distribution as well.
The Public Art aspect of this project generated attention and dialogue about the practice of Permaculture
and the local Social Service cause that it was supporting.