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.
Have you ever wondered how permablitz can turn this:
in to this:
in just one short day (and weeks/months of designing/planning) using willing volunteers? Well wonder no more as Karen, the designer for this bountiful blitz in Burwood, takes us through the day as it happened...
As I drove out of the city towards the omnipresent misty Dandenongs last Sunday, I couldn’t help but have the feeling that this was not going to be a run of the mill garden working bee/permablitz… boy oh boy was I RIGHT!
As any family would do when faced with news of this category, it seems from the outside looking in that although it is devastating and overwhelming, their response has been one to immediately look at all of their options, become pillars of strength for Joshua and each other and give Joshua every possibility of a recovery. The entire day ran without a hitch due to wonderful organisation and preparation. Not only did each area to be built have a specified team leader to oversee the day, but also incorporated workshops on no dig beds/sheet mulching and Hugelkultur, plus an amazing array of homemade foods.
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