May Permablitz 2014

  • May 24, 2014 · 9:00 AM
  • Kerry's House

Please join us as we kick off our second full season of permablitzes! We'll be convening at Kerry Dunn's house for an ambitious blitz to catapult us into summer. If you're looking to learn more about permaculture, gain skills for your own life, meet incredible people, eat good food, and do the work of transformation, this is a great event to dive into.

Permablitzes are day-long work parties that put permaculture design into action. Imagine more than twenty permaculture folks working side-by-side for six hours resulting in more than 180 labor hours completed in one day, great fun, conversation, and camaraderie as well as experiential learning for all!

A bit about our host: Kerry was introduced to permaculture 4 years ago through the Winter Cache Project. She's been learning as much as she can since then, mostly by doing and seeing what happens. She moved to this property last summer and is on a mission to see how much food she can grow on it and to include the whole neighborhood in both  growing and eating. She is super excited about the blitz! [Kerry was also the only person to attend every single permablitz last year - an incredible model for reciprocity in our community].

This blitz is ambitious and exciting. Kerry has a unique piece of property and a HUGE amount of potential - but we need many hands to make it happen. Projects will include swaling on contour (in order to put garden beds on a slope), hugel beds, fruit tree guilding/food forest, rain barrel installation, mushroom log innoculation, and root cellar construction! Lots to learn from.

This is the first in a series of permablitzes in and around Portland in 2014. We intend to complete blitzes on 8 residential properties and 3 community properties this summer and fall. Taking part in these events is one of the best ways to "put your name in the hat" for permablitzes at your own place in the future!

Work projects and teams to be announced based on the permaculture design for this site, but here's a preliminary agenda for planning purposes.

9:00 Gather for coffee/tea (provided), introductions and a briefing on the plan for the day
9:30 Review of Permaculture Design Principles and the design elements for this property
10:00 Break into teams and work on projects
12:30 Potluck Lunch (vegetarian main dish provided by host; bring something to compliment)
1:00 Resume work
3:30 Check-in & prioritize final hour / clean-up

What to bring:

notebook/camera, work gloves, boots, clothes that can get a bit dirty (and dress in layers for varying temperatures through the course of the day), potluck dish to share and “kit” (dish/bowl/utensils/napkins), water bottle, sunscreen, etc

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  • kristen

    Hey! It was so great to meet so many wonderful new people...I look forward to working with you all again throughout the summer. If anyone is looking to do some cooperative gardening inbetween permablitzes, check out wintercache.org or email me at [masked] to get on our email list and join in on our cooperative farming and food distribution!

    1 · June 4

    • Kerry D.

      Want to second Kristen's call to get involved with WCP. Great idea, people, learning, food and fun!

      June 4

  • Leslie P.

    Quote for today :) My 10-year-old daughter said to me "Mommy, they should have a botanical garden for the weeds... so they have a place to grow"

    2 · June 3

    • Sally M.

      Leslie I wanted to ask: Is your daughter going to King next year? Teagan is even though it is out of district. We are looking forward to it.

      June 3

    • Leslie P.

      Yes, she is! I think it will be a great place for them :)

      1 · June 4

  • Helena N.

    Just wanted to mention that I'm in Texas (at the Kerrville Folk Festival - yay!). On the way here I pulled together photos from the permablitz to post, but I've been having trouble uploading them. Got a few up. I'll post the rest when the internet lets me!

    I've been looking out at that yard every day since November, watching the seasons. Now the energies of all the people who came for the blitz are part of my view, as well as the great projects we created together! Gratitude and smiles!!

    2 · May 28

  • Kerry D.

    Items found: pink gloves, small green metal water bottle, white handled fork, cheese knife, and bag with notebook and gloves. Let me know if any of these are yours and I'll drop them off! Thanks again!!!!

    May 27

    • Sally M.

      The pink gloves are mine. Will you be home today? I can drop by to pick them up or if you are going to be in the Back Cove area I'm at 98 Wellington.

      May 28

    • Kerry D.

      I'll drop them off on my way to work in a bit

      May 28

  • Carolyn

    I also wanted to thank Matt publicly for teaching me to use that "round saw" thing! ;)

    May 28

  • Heather

    Hey everyone - thank you so much for an amazing kick off event! It was so nice to see so many folks after the long winter, and to meet so many new people. Thanks especially to Dave, Shana, Jesse, Ben, Matt, Kristen, and Ian for team leading, to Helena for so much documentation, and most of all to Kerry for being an incredible host. See you all June 21 for the next one!

    4 · May 27

    • Carolyn

      Great job organizing, Heather!

      May 28

  • Andrea G.

    What a great day! I hope the newly transformed space offers Kerry and her community years of edible rewards.

    3 · May 27

  • Arthur F.

    My first Permablitz. It was totally amazing! Great energy. Definitely up for the next one.

    6 · May 26

  • Carolyn

    Had a great time with great people! Learned a ton. Can't wait to participate again.

    2 · May 25

  • Kristofor

    It was absolutely spectacular. Very well organized with a great coordinator!

    3 · May 24

  • Lara b.

    It turns out i cannot make it today due to a family visit. Hope it is a great day, and the sun is starting to shine!

    May 24

    • Kerry D.

      Thanks! Hope to see you at the next blitz!

      May 24

  • mark m.

    Unfortunately, I cannot make it today, we're behind in our planting schedule on the farm.

    May 24

    • Helena N.

      Missed seeing you, Mark! Hope it was a super productive day on your land...

      May 24

    • Kerry D.

      Come over sometime for a snack and a tour!

      May 24

  • Kerry D.

    Thanks everyone for an amazing day and for all of your hardwork, positive energy, and creativity!!! Thanks to each of you, Luckyville Food Patch is born! (name still in progress...)

    5 · May 24

  • Anna M.

    Sorry to have missed this today! Something came up

    May 24

  • Greg N.

    Great meet up, accelerated nature and created the conditions for a great urban homestead. Meet heaps of great people.

    3 · May 24

  • Jesse M.

    Thank you so much everybody for a great turnout and a lot of big accomplishments. A superb start to our blitz season!

    3 · May 24

  • Phyllis R.

    Awesome experience! I learned a lot and had a great time. Fantastic food!

    4 · May 24

  • Kerry D.

    So excited to see everyone and blitz it up! Lots of street parking on Devon St. When you see giant piles of wood chips and compost, you're in the right place! Back yard abuts Dorset St. so feel free to park there too.

    2 · May 23

  • Rachel L.

    Sorry to muss it too. Hope I can visit soon Kerry!?

    1 · May 23

  • Lisa F.

    So sorry I can't make it everyone (teaching PDC in Kittery!). Have an awesome time and please post photos back here onto this page throughout the day if you have a smartphone.

    1 · May 23

    • Kerry D.

      We'll miss you and post lots of action photos!

      May 23

  • Jim M

    Will be out of town. Have a great time.
    Kerry, I will have to see your place some other time.

    May 18

    • Kerry D.

      Have a good weekend/trip. Will have a get together later this summer once there's a deck

      May 23

  • Malory S.

    I will only be there in the am. Have to go help with world fish migration day activities in the afternoon. Sounds like an ambitious day, looking forward to pitching in for the morning.

    1 · May 23

  • Carolyn

    I'm psyched! This will be my first Permablitz and actually, my first event with this group AND my first experience with Permaculture. Excited to learn. I'll just jump right in - but will need some guidance!

    3 · May 23

  • Heather

    Happy to have her Sally!

    May 22

  • Sally M.

    I just add +1 which is actually my daughter , Teagan. I was planning to leave her home with my husband but she really wants to go so I've included her. She isn't much help with the work part, just likes to hang out with the other kids :).

    3 · May 20

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