FROM LINDA: I just want to start by expressing our huge appreciation to the Permablitz volunteers for coming from far afield all the way out to Gisborne's Montessori school. A description of the day follows:
Well, going by yard-size it certainly wasn't the biggest Permablitz, but people wise it certainly was. It was incredibly energising to see so many people keen to learn about permaculture and share their time to help us make our yard edible and productive. About 50 people came along throughout the day to get our perma-backyard started. A huge thank-you to all. We achieved a lot on the day, and inspired by this Scott and I have added a lot in the week since. We're keen to host an afternoon tea in the coming weeks so that people can come along and see how it finished up - keep an eye on the website for the date. So what happened on the day?
DESCRIPTION OF THE DAY FROM DAWNY (the host)
*** Diversity Day *** Fungi & Bushfoods ***PermaBlitzes!***
*** Soil & composting workshop **Introduction to Permaculture***
***“PowerUp4 the PowerDown” early morning energy sessions***
*Jam nites (Yoga, music, dance, art, food!) *Local community market*
***Water & Aquaculture workshops **Whole farm planning day***
**Schools & Community Gardens Day **Sustainable Communities**
***Otways PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate Course) Aug 12-24***
***ESD Building *** Advanced Permaculture Design***
***Heritage Fruit tree Grafting ***Rare & Exotic Fruits workshop***
Description of the day by host Dawny
Permablitz no. 23 was a great day with much achieved. We began with an informative talk about the plans for the day, then got to it. We achieved:
* Digging a pond at the back end of the yard, along with swale like paths and
* We used the soil from the dig to make up part of our no dig vege patch, which is now chock full of patatos, beans, beetroot and much more. This vege patch has a combination of chook poo, paper (to prevent weeds and grass competing with the new crop), some delicious worm poo, some mushroom compost to add to the soil bulk, and pea straw on the top.
* The herb spiral was done beautifully by a group of the girls who started with a whole bunch of large and small rocks and ended with a beautiful scuptured creation chocked with beautiful herbs (thanks to Deborah). We used some of the soil from the dig and added more of Carey's worm poo - thanks Carey!
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