The Lowdown and Dirty on Permablitzing

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Permablitz Defined

  • 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.  To be defined as a permablitz each event must also be preceded by a permaculture design by a designer with a Permaculture Design Certificate.  The network runs on reciprocity, and in order to qualify for a permablitz you usually need to come to some first, although there can be exceptions in this case.  We'll explain more about all these ideas below.

The permablitz story

Who comes to permablitzes?

What happens on the day of a permablitz?

How to get involved

Reciprocity & how to get blitzed

Before and After: Stages to a permablitz

Each permablitz is part of a longer process including a pre-blitz design visit or visits by permaculture designers, prior organisation of materials needed for the blitz, and after-the-blitz follow up visits to see how people are going with their new gardens.

Permaculture design

To stay true to the concept, each permablitz must have the input of someone with a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), the most basic permaculture qualification.

What is permaculture? Permaculture is a design system which helps integrate people (and their needs, habits, skills, desires, money and time) and place (the physical limitations and potentials of a site such as a backyard) in ecologically harmonious systems providing a good portion of the needs of people living there (with things like water, vegetables, fruit, and eggs). Permaculture systems work more like natural systems such as forests than industrial agriculture, requiring no artificial inputs and producing no waste.

To learn more about permaculture see permaculture as defined in wikipedia.

Who co-ordinates the permablitz network?

Find out about the Permablitz Collective, here.

Beyond the Collective, there is the Melbourne Permablitz Designers Guild, which as of June 2011, has around 150 graduates of Permaculture Design Certificates from around Melbourne.  The "Guild" exists as a pool of volunteer designers for permablitzes; people wanting real world experience.  It also sometimes meets for educational purposes.  If you have a PDC and would like to join the mailing list, we'd love you to join: click here.

Beyond that there's a newsletter mailing list of over 3000 people around Melbourne and many others who aren't on the mailing list who have volunteered their time on permablitzes.  You can sign up for the newsletter on the home page.

Although Permablitz is all volunteer in Melbourne, some of us are also professional permaculture designers and teachers. (Check out the Permaculture Design Consultants page to find us.)

Permablitz newsletter
Get upcoming blitz info by email (Melbourne focused)
Upcoming Blitzes
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Other Events
Sat Apr 26 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
The Power of Rocket Stoves
Sat May 31 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Edible Weeds Walk
Sat Jun 14 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
The Power of Trees
Fri Sep 12 @ 5:00PM -
Permaculture Design Certificate with VEG & Friends
Welcome message

Welcome to Permablitz Melbourne - this site has been set up to help people get together and have fun learning about, designing and implementing suburban permaculture systems.  Our focus is edible gardens, and our ultimate aim is to make the suburbs edible enough such that should food become unaffordable, we don’t even notice.  See above for the next permablitz and feel free to submit your own onto the calendar.  Check out photos of blitzes 1-6 here, and photos of more recent blitzes in our gallery.

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