A wonderful Permablitz began on a sunny day in Northcote. The garden was a good size east facing backyard with not many trees but, typically for Northcote, a couple of good, established fruit trees desperate for a prune.
As usual, Simon and Hermann's Blitzes started with a work station set-up, so late- comers could start working without too much explanation. Work on the double pallet compost bay started immediately and progressed quickly. Other enthusiasts started digging up the old paths that were overgrown with grass over the years.
An old bathtub got converted into a wicking bed with the help of an old vacuum cleaner pipe and elbow grease. Here's Nick, giving a cameo as a fellow designer, presenting a spontaneous workshop on wicking beds and how they work.
Despite the rainy winter weather, there was strong turnout (50+ volunteers!!!) for Blitz 159 held at the Dunstan Reserve/West Brunswick Food Forest Saturday 12 June. Unlike most Blitzes, the food forest design is in place in West Brunswick and the focus of the Blitz is annual maintenance of this unique public space and garden.
Following on the success of last year's Blitz (#141), it was a great day in the food forest for the couple dozen first-time Blitzers who attended. There were a number of wonderful workshops over the course of the day - tree pruning, tree planting, and composting - with plenty of opportunity for hands on practice!
The trees, including apple, loquat, pear, hazelnut, mulberry, olive, and apricot, appreciated their haircuts and were shaped for easier harvesting and to encourage growth.
The food forest is on track for a great growing season ahead. Volunteers added a few new trees to the mix including persimmon, there's barely a weed to be found and the existing trees got some protective mulching for the year ahead.
The full story of the food forest can be found here, along with information on West Brunswick Community Garden - our host for the day. A big, big thanks goes out to La Manna Fresh, Brunswick Supa IGA, and Vinnies Fruit who kept our volunteers fed on the day. As well, thanks to Bulleen Art & Garden for the plant and tree donations - they are happy in their new home!
Here are more photos of the day.
On Tuesday the 20th of May we hosted the second in a series of Permablitz
Designers Guild Sessions at the Farnham St Neighbourhood Learning Centre in
As a reminder, these Guild Sessions are designed as a way to gather, share
skills, and meet the other great people in the Permablitz network. They are
hosted at rotating locations across the city and we'll have three more
events before year end
Alejandra got the night started with a fantastic short workshop on the many
aspects of facilitation. People brainstormed positive and negative
facilitation techniques and we reviewed our experiences. At the end,
everyone had a better understanding of how to be a better facilitator and
The most wonderfully located Blitz happened on May 31st in Brunswick near the Merri, CERES and the Russian Orthodox church.
Over the last 30 years in the “Hipster Fringes” of Brunswick, a unique and highly productive
The first Permablitz Designers Guild Session for 2014 was held at CERES on the 7th of April and was a great success! A big thanks to all those who came along to get involved.
We had a great presentation by Nase & Nikki about their eye opening trip to Cuba for the 2013 International Permaculture Convergence, and thanks to Hermann for presenting his controversial angle on Biochar!
Thanks also to CERES & Nase again for hosting us. It was a great evening with plenty of networking, permaculture discussions and some hot debate!
If you'd like to come along to the 2nd Guild Session of 2014, please do! They are open to all, even if you're not on the Designers Guild.
The next event will be on Tuesday 20th May at Flemington's Farnham St Neighbourhood Learning Centre; info here.
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