Permablitz turning Canberra’s lawns and backyards into edible gardens

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Permablitz ACT is a local community group that has taken on the challenge of helping Canberrans to turn their lawns and backyards into edible gardens filled with vegetables, fruit trees, and berries, as well as native vegetation and habitat.

The group’s members range from novice gardeners through to trained permaculture enthusiasts with years of gardening experience. Their approach is based on permaculture, which is about designing human settlements and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecological systems.

Permablitz members share a passion for doing something positive to enhance sustainability by helping people to establish gardens that will provide them with organic fruit and vegetables, and thereby reduce their dependence on food that is often transported great distances and produced with a heavy reliance on fossil fuels.

Permablitz member Cally Brennan says there are other good reasons to get involved:

“Home grown veggies taste good and are much better for you because they’re freshly picked, so still have all their vitamin content intact. Another perk is that you get to eat varieties that you can’t get in the shops – like mulberries, jostaberries, marionberries, round zucchinis, white corn, black Russian tomatoes and so on.

“For me, permablitzing is also about enjoying great food (and wine) with down-to-earth, fun people, who enjoy food as much as me and don’t mind a good chat about earthworms!!”

What is a PermaBlitz?

A Permablitz is an informal gathering involving a day on which a group of at least two people come together to:

  • Create, or add to, edible gardens where someone lives
  • Share skills related to Permaculture and sustainable living
  • Build community networks
  • Have fun

Each PermaBlitz is part of a longer process including a pre-blitz design visit or visits, prior organisation of materials needed for the blitz, and after the blitz follow up visits to see how people are going with their new gardens.

The ACT PermaBlitz Network is not funded, members are volunteers, and PermaBlitz activities are based on the ‘principle of reciprocity’.

Above: The Herb Spiral and other additions to the garden

It’s easy and free to get involved, just become a member and then come along to their monthly meetings or the next Blitz day. The next monthly meeting is on Thursday 3 February 2011.

For more information, go to http://permablitzact.com/

Permablitz ACT team - Permablitz on 11 December 2010 at Franklin in Canberra

 

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