Final Presentations: “In 31 years I have never seen anything like this”

Well, I’d say we pretty much rocked it. To a group of around 50 people (students, local leaders, administration, faculty, family, friends, a video camera–you can watch the presentations soon) we delivered our final designs for the Greenfield Community College landscape. And the response was tremendous. Teresa jones, faculty member and advocate for gardens on campus was so thrilled she said: “Oh, my god, that was amazing!” Abrah Dresdale: “Unprecedented!” Apparently, Peter Rosnick, dean of the Liberal Arts program, dropped his jaw in amazement–I can not confrim or deny the dropping of the jaw. Linda Cavanaugh, chair of the math department, announced that she might have to delay retirement after 31 (?) years of service so that she could stay to watch and participate in this transformation. Looks like you’ll have to put those post-retirement plans on hold, Linda, ’cause we’re focused and energized. Go GCC Permaculture!

Stay tuned for a link to the video and an email that includes final designs and a garden overview packet…

Lastly, the garden outside the greenhouse is now covered with compaction busting grass…a step towards our potential garden? Me thinks it could be…send your prayers for the health of the site please.

Final presentations are finally here!


Greetings and blessings during this wonderful time of spring and fresh growth!
We, the students of Greenfield Community College’s Permaculture Student Forum, are glad to announce the upcoming presentation of our final designs for the proposed permaculture gardens on campus. Please join us and other students, faculty, staff, and the local community on May 15th from 1-2 p.m. at GCC’s Multi Purpose Room (C208) in celebration of our incredible vision. The event will be a very rich offering towards a stable and secure local food system.
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Us and the Potential Phase 1 Site

The recorder photographer snapping (from left to right) Tony Reiber (Greenhouse Technician), Chris O’Connell (yours truly), the amazing and outrageous Abrah Dresdale (Coordinator of the Farm and Food Systems degree option), my exquisite hen friend Krystal Graybeal (student in the forum), and the jazzy Ginevra Bucklin-Lane (also a student in the forum). Aren’t we amazing?

Amazing GCC Students visit with other schools

Hello all,

We had an amazing visit (yes, amazing students have amazing visits!) with Dave Jacke, Keith Salztberg, and students/leaders from Wellesley, Williams, UMASS, Wesleyan, and Smith. We drove 2 hours to Wellesley, which is just outside of Boston, sharing stories (Abrah and I shared where we were when we were 20), stopping at NIKNUD STUNOD for a bathroom break and water (Yes, we permaculturalists are linguistically deconstructing corporate food):

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Come to our Charette!

It’s official! Our community goals gathering event, “charette”, is going off on March 28th from 3-5 in the Dining Hall at GCC. This is going to be a fun, interactive, informative, and tasty event. Be sure to make it…please RSVP by the 21st at

Closing in on a Charette Date

Hello Everyone,

We had an amazing meeting today where we hacked out the details of our upcoming charette (slotted for March 28th…we’ll keep you posted). It will be a fun, interactive, learning and sharing experience that allows people to come together and vision, learn permaculture skills, network, and more! We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome to the Permaculture Student Forum

I think we need a major change!  I think we need a major change soon because the world we live in faces some serious difficulties. Questions arise: how will we feed ourselves in a world of decreasing energy supply? How will we work together to secure our communities? How will we share more in an economy that is sufferring and faces serious challenges?

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