The perennial project

UCONN / Spring 2017



Assess. Design. Grow.

The Perennial Project aims to promote knowledge of sustainable and regenerative food production techniques while fostering interdisciplinary, hands-on cooperation to solve one of earth's emerging concerns.

Join us during a few sessions over the spring 2017 semester to discuss these agroecological and permaculture principles as they relate to food, renewable energy and environmental health.  After, take what you've learned as you complete a group-based site assessment and finalize a design to demonstrate these principles at the project location! 

Top 3 group designs receive a prize and one design will be implemented in the following Fall 2017 semester! Work with fellow students from different, but related, majors to make a lasting impact at the University of Connecticut.  And why stop there?


Perennial Project Preview

Getting to your garden


Part 01


March 25, 2017


The problem is the solution

We discussed the sustainable food production problem and the agroecological and permaculture techniques that can serve as a solution. 

THANk you to all who joined!

All are welcome to The Combined Part 03/04 session.


Part 02


April 8, 2017


From patterns to details

We met at the EcoGarden site and went over the basics of site assessment (soil pH and sampling, dimensional measurements, wind speed,  solar path finder use) to create some basemap overlays. 

Thank you to all who joined!

ALl are welcome to the combined Part 03/04 session.


Combined Part 03 and 04


April 15, 2017

Student Union Room #410

11 AM - 2:30 PM


Know your site: Design for diversity

The combined session will encourage group participation and cooperation with a focus on design.

During these design workshops, you will interview the client and begin concept bubble diagrams before beginning final site improvement designs.  Guidance and resources on drawing, placement, and integration of plants and elements will be given. Lunch is served.

JOIN us! Please rsvp below.

Name *

Part 05

Fall 2017


Breaking ground: Make vision a reality

This portion of the project begins early in the Fall 2017 semester.  The winning design will be implemented by volunteers and students using the materials and equipment procured over the summer! You will learn about breaking down the task into well-managed areas and task prioritization.  Maintenance plans and evaluation will also be discussed. 

JOIN us!

Date and Location TBA along with RSVP option.



RSVP for sessions above!  Please direct any questions to Ghadi Tayeh at