Seila and Keith designed and facilitated a great blitz in Elwood at Jane and Claes's house on the weekend.
Jane writes: "I am still shocked and emotional at the people and their efforts to help our family build our garden beds... We are privileged to be part of this community!"
Our client, Jane, was nesting. Yes that's definitely what it was. With two young children and a third on the way, she and husband, Claes, are definitely on a mission to build some food security and resilience into their lives. As the designers, Seila and I were very pleased to impart some permanent-culture. Jane had a good idea what she wanted, having been to a couple of blitz's: wicking vegie beds, an area for chooks in the front yard, to remove some ornamental trees and plant fruit trees. And that is basically what we did this second Sunday of September 2011 in Elwood.
Before the day; meetings were held, a base plan and design was drawn up, materials specified, how the blitz would run was discussed. The day was upon us. "Oh no - it's going to rain"... but luckily it held off.
What I enjoy most about blitzes is the characters you meet. Young, old, male, female, Italian, Malaysian, Israeli, single, gay, married, divorced, tradies, professionals, retired, sad, happy, funny, peculiar, you name it. (I'm the sad peculiar one). We all had smiles the whole day - just look at the photos! And then there was Cathy, who kept saying "Here, I love digging holes...". When your back's starting to ache, that was music to my ears. Many hands make light work, as they say.
Lessons for next time? If we had pre-cut the timber for the wick beds, we may not have run over time. It's also wise not to use power tools on the day.
-- Keith Rhodes
More photos up in the gallery.
There was a wonderful blitz the Sunday before last at Gigi's and Avi's house in Coburg. We've finally got photos up in the gallery. Jo one of the designers and facilitators sends us this report:
Dylan and I arrived at Gigi’s at 8:30am, welcomed by concrete rubble and pavers erupting from the earth. The compost and mulch piles loomed ominously at the back gate, the stairs presenting a cheerful bottleneck for the wheelbarrows. The delivery men had meant to deliver half of the mountain to the front. But Dylan and I were naively unperturbed, despite or perhaps because of never attending a Permablitz before and finding ourselves in the driving seat. So I attribute the smoothness of the event to delicious beginner’s luck and the dedication of Adam Grubb of Very Edible Gardens and the lovely group of people who turned up to sweat it out digging holes and untangling the terrible mat of roots where the palm tree once stood.
What a nice video! This was a slightly unusual blitz as Adam and Simon from Very Edible Gardens were bought in to design and facilitate the day for the City of Whitehorse's Sustainability Week. James and Elaine Yeo the hosts were the winners of a City of Whitehorse competition, and James turned out to have been a volunteer at the very first permablitz back in 2006! The blitz happened in April this year.
More information and photos over on the City of Whitehorse website.
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Charlie, Angela, Thomas, Asha, Kat and Adam of the Melbourne Permaculture Collective after accepting champagne and the winners award in the Community Action category at the Yarra Sustainability Awards 2011. Adam's also holding a highly commended award for Very Edible Gardens in the Business category.
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