GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Businesses in Franklin County were given a lesson by students Thursday, in how to design more environmentally-friendly landscapes.
Students at Greenfield Community College presented their final designs for their permaculture class for businesses and organizations throughout the community.
Permaculture is a type of design and engineering that focuses, among other things, on ensuring that developments are more sensitive to the environment.
Each group of GCC students was assigned to a particular organization, business, or home in Greenfield to try and improve their site plans using permaculture in a cost-effective way. The students received their official permaculture certificate Thursday, after meeting 78 hours throughout the semester.
Ms. Dresdale, their teacher, said that many of those hours were spent outside during 15 weeks of intense work. Julia Moore of Amherst was assigned to a residential home, and she said it wasn't just about drawing it all out on paper.
"The design actually comes last, so first we do a lot of work around the site, we do a site analysis and talk to our clients to see what goals they have in mind," Moore said.
One idea was replacing unwanted invasive plants on a property with raspberry bushes. Others offered ideas about planting bushes that would retain soil or repel animals from getting into gardens.
At the end of this process, some of these students' plans could be chosen by businesses to be implemented, if they find them cost-effective.