Students at the University of Illinois initiated a study of permaculture design in Spring 2012 at the Sustainable Student Farm on the South Farms of the Urbana, Illinois Campus. The study is called Restoration Agriculture, and the goal of the project is to compare the production of traditional corn and soy bean agricultural plots with plots that consist of woody perennials. The system is designed following the layers and niches of the oak savanna, which is a native ecosystem of much of the Upper Midwest, which includes Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois.

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