Gibbs House

The Gibbs House is an emerging program run by the Office for Sustainability that serves as a living laboratory for students to implement their sustainable design solutions and projects. The historic 160 year old house serves as a home for our Gibbs Fellowship Program, borders the expansive Asylum Lake Preserve, and features a developing permaculture landscape full of resources and projects to get excited about. Programming at the Gibbs Site enables students to conduct research and implement projects throughout the year. Some of our latest projects include utilizing black soldier flies and a compost hotwater heater to heat our hoop houses all year long (growing wonderful greens and produce for our WMU Campus Cafe) while testing the viability of composting spent grains from Bells Brewery and food waste from multiple WMU sources. Please check out our website, stop on by, or contact the Office for Sustainability if you would like to learn more and get involved with the Gibbs House!

To get involved with the Gibbs House you can join us for one of our many events:

  • Friday Volunteer Days 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday Farm Stand 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Gibbs House (closing time may vary depending on staff)
  • Wednesday Farm Stand 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Office for Sustainability or on campus (location to to be determined).
    Wednesday Farm Stand is open for a limited time to offer students healthy, organic, and affordable veggies during the fall harvest season (while supplies last). 
  • Tillers International Harvest Festival: We'll be at Tillers for this one, you should too!  
  • 3rd Annual SW Michigan Perma-Mixer: Saturday Sept 26th (all day)
  • Compost Hotwater Heater Workshop: Saturday October 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Stay tuned for more details including our monthly potluck, open mic. sessions, workshops, and more! 

Did you know 4-5 students live and work at the Gibbs House as sustainability ambassadors for WMU? Follow the link below to learn more about the Gibbs House Fellowship:

Gibbs House Fellowship   

The Gibbs House landscape is currently being renovated into a fully-featured permaculture
landscape! For more information about the project Master Plan please view the following:

Gibbs Site Plan

Click on Image for a PDF download


Some of the research and educational resources include the integration of the following:
Hoop Houses, Seven-Layer Food Forest, Annual Vegetable Garden, Hugelkultur Beds and Swales, Living Fence, Presentation Space and Design Challenge, Renewable Energy Installations, and so much more! 

Gibbs Permaculture Features


If you would like more information, would like to schedule a tour, or would like to get involved please contact us: