Permablitz #151, held at Michelle and Chris’ place in Northcote on Sunday 13th October, saw both first timers and serial blitzers come together with good cheer and steady determination to transform the outdoor space. The morning was heavy with clouds, and as scattered rain fell throughout the day it turned the soil into thick and pebbly mud. Blitzers threw on raincoats and warmed up with a steaming cup of tea, leftover birthday cake, and a quick chat, and got back to the goals of the day.
Christine, who designed the blitz with plenty of input from Michelle and Chris, planned for the group to build four wicking beds, put in a couple of herb and flower beds, plant fruit trees, build a chook yard fence, paint the back wall of the chook shed, build compost bays, and sow seeds (and of course do a fair amount of weeding).
The grey skies disappeared and the sun shone down on the West Brunswick Food Forest just in time for our Saturday afternoon picnic.
The picnic was a chance for Permablitz peeps to meet or reconnect with others within the network, chat about the year that soon was and enjoy some quality food and conversation.
Adam ran a pruning workshop and people were keen for a chance to prune some of the forest's many fruit trees.
All in all a lovely day! Thanks to everyone who came down :)
More photos here.
There were a couple of unique features to the Flemington Food Forest Garden in October 2013 - the hosting and the venue. MINTI, a local transition group hosted the event, thanks to Tom from the MINTI group who had completed 3 permablitz days. The site was part of the Farnham St Reserve and council gave permission to transform the area surrounding some fruit and olive trees into a forest garden with public access.
The day was a resounding success. Jo's planning and communication with MINTI as hosts was fantastic. We had a clear idea of the plan for the day and all that was needed to carry it out. About 30 permablitzers, some for their first event, donated energy, enthusiasm, skill and hard work as the photos testify! There was also enough time to stop for good meal breaks and to learn through the workshops interspersing the manual work!
The Six States of Permablitz
Thomas and Dale’s West Brunswick permablitz took place on a sunny Saturday in September. This is what host Thomas and designer Emily had to say about the day:
Hosting a permablitz is a wonderful thing. Ours was a long time in the making, originally because we wanted to spend time observing our new garden, but then after the first design was almost complete, we found very high lead levels in our soil, which meant a redesign was needed. Other things delayed us, until finally the day came.
I was the day facilitator as well as the host, which made for a very busy day. Luckily I was supported by excellent task facilitators, who we'd like to thank again: Emily, who also did the redesign, looked after the hugelkultur bed; Ben, who lead the design and construction of the hen house and straw yard (as well as giving a great presentation on the magic of lacto baccillus); Fei, from the Permablitz collective, who lead the wicking beds; and our next door neighbour Tom, who in spite of having a busy permaculture based business by bicycle still found time to come and help, guide, and lead a pruning workshop. Also thanks to Helen who worked hard helping Dale in the kitchen, Sam for documenting the day, Alex for being master of the timelapse, and all the volunteers who turned up and worked so hard on the day. Some even turned up early to help do early preparation work! Finally, we like to thank the Brunswick West Community Garden for their support, and give a shout out for the Brunswick Tool Library, who loaned many of the tools we used.
It is difficult to explain how wonderful it feels for all these people to come and help recreate our garden; there is real community in Permablitz.
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