“Permaculture is a zero-waste way of gardening,” she said. “It’s based around plants that originate from here and grow well here, and won’t attack any other plants or endanger any species. It works not against the insects and birds but with them.”
After securing the WWF grant, Montreuil approached the CSA who agreed to match the amount, giving her a $4,000 budget for the project.
Montreuil took inspiration from Environmental Geography teacher Geneviève Aboud who spearheaded the campus biodiversity nature walk initiative last spring.
Aboud suggested types of plants and provided information about how to build a garden that would reflect the goals of permaculture.