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Permablitz South Amherst

  • Jun 9, 2012 · 10:00 AM

Join Mobile Design Lab and members of the Umass Permaculture Committee for a Permablitz in South Amherst on Saturday, June 9th from 10-5pm. This is a free event. Lunch is provided. Registration is limited.

Please contact Nancy at [masked] to hold your spot.

What is a Permablitz? (from our friends at Permablitz Melbourne)
Permablitz (noun): An informal gathering involving a day on which a group of at least two people come together to achieve the following:
• create or add to edible gardens where someone lives
• share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living
• build community networks
• have fun

Permablitzes are free events, open to the public, with free workshops, shared food, where you get some exercise and have a wonderful time. The network runs on reciprocity, and in order to qualify for a permablitz you usually need to come to some first.

Every blitz is different. But you can expect to be welcomed with a cup of tea. There will be an intro circle in which we will explain the design and the ideas behind it and then we'll get to work. We will be installing part of the design for an .85-acre homestead. Bring gloves and shovels if you have them.
Projects include:
• Installing a small pond to catch runoff from an existing water catchment
• Planting a fruit tree Orchard with understory crops
• Building Hugglekultur beds
• Installing a rhizome barrier on an existing Sunchoke bed.

Anyone and everyone can come to a permablitz. Skill level and even physical capacity aren't problems. We especially welcome first time gardeners. Just come and contribute anyway you are able. People from many different backgrounds and from nine months to ninety in age turn up. Because everyone has to eat, and food gardening is relevant to almost everyone, so you're sure to meet interesting, friendly people at a permablitz.

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  • Jessica T.

    I could tell that a lot of preparation went into this event. Though not all of the meetup members who signed up showed up (too bad for you because you missed a great experience!) the flexible organizers were able to quickly shift plans and still accomplish a lot with a smaller group. We planted two fruit trees with understory support plants, a nitrogen fixing shrub, installed a hugelkultur bed for several blueberry bushes, created a pond to capture rainwater from a shed that included water plants, and buried a barrier wall around a bed of Jerusalem artichokes. I valued the hands-on experience gained, and the food and conversation were the icing on the cake.

    June 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I could almost rate this a 5, and would, except as wonderful as the experience was in so many ways, it was also exhausting. And, I wasn't even doing the most labor intensive work! As hostess, I also didn't get to spend as much time hanging out and learning with the group. So, another thanks to those who showed up and made SO much happen in my yard in one short day. I'll be appreciating it for years to come.

    June 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Countdown to the June 9 permablitz. Looking forward to meeting, working and playing with you all then. Directions and other pertinent info to come within the next day or two.

    June 6, 2012

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