Q. So what's a permablitz?
This website is made in Melbourne, Australia for the Melbourne permablitz network. For groups in other regions see our regional groups page.
Q. How do I get involved?
A. None at all! Everyone is more than welcome regardless of skill level. We welcome first time gardeners.
Q. Who brings tools?
A. Participants generally supply most of the tools. Organisers will usually have some masking tape and a texta on hand so they're easier to identify at the end of the day.
A. There are really two things you need. One, you need to have been to about three permablitzes (although there are some exceptions). The second thing you need is a permaculture informed design, done by or with the help of at least one person who's completed a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). See our Get Blitzed! page for more.
Q. Will someone help me before the day?
A. We try to organise at least one volunteer permaculture designer who wants experience to help you with the design process. Most of the time we find someone, although occasionally distance or complexity of the project works against us. You can alternatively pay to have a professional permaculture designer help out, and some organisers of the permablitz network are also professional designers. See our page on Permaculture Design Consultants.
A. You'd work with a designer to come up with a design which suits your needs. They will help generate a list materials which you will need to have ready on the day (we can a call out to the network for anything you need too.) On the day your main role is as a host and to help feed the troops. Permablitz volunteers can facilitate the day and run workshops. We now have a draft booklet for blitz hosts -- if you'd like to see it, let us know.
Q. There's no permablitz network in my region. How would I go about setting up a local permablitz network?
A. It's not too hard to get a permablitz or two happening to test the waters. There's a mini manual here and also some good resources at the Sydney Permablitz website. See the list of ever growing local groups.
A. For the most part, nobody. The network is based on volunteerism and reciprocity, and hosts cover whatever personal materials expenses they have. There is absolutely no shortage of people willing to come along and volunteer their time an labour -- and why not? The days are fun, you meet good people, and everyone learns a lot. Organisation and admin does take a fair bit of effort in the background which also currently goes unremunerated. This is done by a small collective.
A Dept of Planning and Infrastructure initiative called the Dandenong Edible Gardens Project employed some permablitzers to help organise permablitzes in Greater Dandenong (Victoria, Australia). It was successful in staying true to the permablitz spirit while employing people at the design and co-ordination levels. Working with other such groups and with local governments may be one way forward. Very Edible Gardens PTY LTD (VEG) a permaculture design consultancy started by some of the permablitz founders in Melbourne has also made some small donations to pay for web expenses.
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