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Jane Goodall Center : What is Permaculture?

Garden Updates and Volunteer Schedule

Upcoming Garden Volunteer Work Days

Please keep an eye on this page for our upcoming volunteer workdays for the 2020 growing season

Thanks to Fairfield County Community Foundation’s generous support, we are proud to welcome Charla Beauvais and Astrid Sundberg as our interns for the 2020 growing season. They will be joined by Holly Pais and Ciara Carruthers as volunteers. Due to the COVID – 19-related restrictions, we are currently allowing only one member at a time to work in the permaculture garden. Please contact Dr. Laurie Weinstein at WeinsteinL@wcsu.edufor any schedule-related information. All members must wear face masks and personal protective equipment and follow the hygiene instructions as mandated by the university administration.


Wednesday, October 18 – noon to 3 p.m.Volunteers work on WCSU's permaculture gardenScience Building, Room 105

Friday, October 20 – 9 a.m. to noon
Science Building Room 105

Fall 2016

Our Garden Manager, Ashley Kenney, received a $2,000 Scholarship from The Danbury Garden Club.

The Jane Goodall Permaculture Garden was named a Community Champion by Constellation Energy and received a $500 Award.

The Jane Goodall Permaculture Garden received a $500 Grant from The Woman’s Club of Danbury/New Fairfield.

Our Dinner in a Bite fundraising event, was held on Friday, October 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in partnership with the ISGP conference being held on the Westside campus on October 14 and 15th.
Thanks, as always, to Elena and the Sodexo crew for all of their hard work and a special thanks to the following local farms for providing additional ingredients: Halas Farm of Danbury, Warrups Farm of Redding and The Hickories Farm of Ridgefield.

Help from our friends at the WCSU Performing Arts Center carpentry crew to create a Jane Goodall Permaculture Garden bench that will encourage people to take a moment in reflection and rest as they come upon the garden.

WCSU Day of Service volunteers were on hand to help us with garden harvest, maintenance and clean up on September 23, 2017.

June 2016

The Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies at Western Connecticut State University was presented with an ‘Environmental Champion’ Award in June 2016 by Aquarion Water Company.

WCSU is presented with award from Aquarion

The Goodall Center won the non-profit category for “ground-breaking work through a focus on the interconnectivity of people, animals and the environment,” Aquarion said in a release.

The Center was credited for volunteer efforts that brought employees of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and local food pantries to the Center to help plant, weed and harvest in the Jane Goodall Permaculture Garden on the midtown campus of WCSU.

The Center was also credited for collaborations to raise funds for charities, and for organizing special events in recognition of Earth Day, Clean Up the Still River Day, and Animal Week activities.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers and visitors who helped make 2016 a great garden year!

Check out our Jane Goodall Center at WCSU page often for garden news and other topics, consider joining the WCSU Roots & Shoots Club who meet Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in White Hall Rm 026, share our page with your friends and join us in the garden and our upcoming events.

Interested in helping out? Please let us know!

Dr. Laurie Weinstein, Chair of the Jane Goodall Center for Environmental Excellence at WCSU

Roman A. Mendieta, Jane Goodall Permaculture Garden Manager, mendieta002@wcsu.edu

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