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Ithacan article

May 12, 2012

The Ithacan covered our Earth Day planting event. Awkwardly, the reporter didn’t interview Karryn, who has worked with students for 4 years on this project. Michael Smith wrote a letter to the editor setting the record straight.

New garden wouldn’t be in place without faculty leader guidance

Michael Smith
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Thank you for the coverage of Earth Week on campus and especially of the permaculture demonstration site. I would like to clarify one part of the story, however. Somehow lost in the interview with me was my statement that the lion’s share of the credit goes to the students and above all to Karryn Olson-Ramanujan. Ms. Olson-Ramanujan led the original research team that proposed and designed the project last spring, provided expert guidance and performed countless uncompensated hours of work in support of the implementation this spring. Without her, this beautiful new place on campus would not exist.

Michael Smith, associate professor of history and environmental studies

Retrieved from

Our unified team has been capable of handling all challenges, big and small. That’s important because the social aspect of sustainability or the “Care of the People” part of permaculture projects can often be the most difficult. Below is a screen-shot of the original article online. For the whole article, please go to —>

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