What we're about
Permablitz (n): 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 *share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living *build community *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 a meeting or two first. Anyone and everyone can come to any meeting. Skill level and even physical capacity aren't problems at all. 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 of many stripes and persuasions at a permablitz. Every blitz is different. But you can expect to be welcomed with a cup of tea. There will be an intro circle in which the design for the day and the ideas behind it will be explained and then we'll get to work. There will be tasks like weeding, planting fruit trees, digging paths and swales, making vegetable beds with no-dig methods or implementing greywater systems. You'll be shown what to do and be working with others, and there will be short workshops relating to the activities. There will probably be some other workshops on the day too. The host will provide a shared lunch -- bring something if you would like to share, but you don't have to. By about four o'clock we'll break and thank everyone. By then, quite a transformation should have taken place! You'll hopefully go home brimming with ideas, having met lots of wonderful people, having had a taste of permaculture design and having been learning by doing. If you come to two or so meetings we can help organize one at your house. That's right. The permablitz network is based on reciprocal volunteer support. Once you've been to a meeting or two we can help connect you to a volunteer or professional permaculture designer, help you plan your blitz, promote it, and co-ordinate it on the day. For free. Sweet deal, no? We are modeling the group after Permablitz Melbourne. See http://www.permablitz.net/resources/collective for more info on the model.
For 2016 we are doing a meeting or a permablitz every month and currently we have events arranged through June if you'd like to get on the schedule message me or give me a call. Next year I hope to try for 2 meetings per month. If there is anyone interested in an organizer role for the group you would be able to set-up meetings and Permablitzes. Even if I am unable to attend I can work with you to organize and plan your content for your meetup. If there are any other Permaculture Designers or Experienced Gardeners who could help in the planning phases or coordination for any meetups please contact me. I would love to grow the group and offer more meetings and and Permablitzes to everyone!