Sustainability at USM

USM Portland Food Forest Garden

We are in the process of building of a Food Forest Garden at USM Portland! Forest gardening is based on Permaculture design principles, mimicking woodland ecosystems, which can provide food, medicine and fiber for humans as well as a habitat to support other species including our bee populations. This utilizes permaculture practices and is a sustainable, closed loop systems approach to gardening that rejuvenates ecosystems with minimal upkeep, and no chemicals or pesticides.

David Homa, graduate of USM and currently of Post Carbon Designs and Resilient Roots, designed the USM food forest garden and has also been the lead installer.

Staff, Students, Alumni, and community members helped do the initial landscaping for the USM Food Forest Garden


Stay tuned for more updates. The installation process takes a full seasonal cycle to be complete as we let nature do much of the work. We will be installing permanent educational signage soon. Please explore the garden and feel free to eat what you find ripening! 

Materials for sheet mulching and installation of the food forest garden at USMUSM Food Forest Installation Work Party, June 2013