What is a PermaBlitz?A Permablitz is based on the principles of Permaculture (permanent agriculture) which arose during the 1970s in response to Peak Oil.
A Permablitz is when people come together to achieve the following:
- create or add to edible gardens where someone lives
- share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living
- build community networks
- have fun
The TPPGTA has a unique model for the permablitz
Here are the Defining characteristics of the TPPGTA permablitz
- Design Process. Permaculture design means creating sustainable human settlements that mimic nature. The design method can be applied to anything from backyard garden systems that ensure that the garden continues to be viable and productive to community development creating workshops for positive growth.
- Peer Review. Prior to the PermaBlitz , TPPGTA encourages burgeoning and expert permaculturalists to come together to design a garden. We conduct design ‘peer-review’ processes to encourage skill sharing and harness the collective wisdom of the TPPGTA.
- Sourcing / Scavenging. Once a design has been agreed-upon, the PermaBlitz host goes about sourcing materials. Volunteer attendees are encouraged to bring with them what they can and to take with them knowledge, materials available that day and other valuable resources.
On the day of the blitz:
- All the elements come together, the design, the site plan, the people and the transformation! With our method, Nothing is overlooked allowing us to change the space in 1 day! (Blitz)
- The host provides lunch and nibbles for those working in the space. So once implement the design we all celebrate our skill sharing and success with music and food! Volunteers are encouraged to bring along a plate of food to share. As well live music is arranged whenever possible.
And when the blitz is complete, we...
- Party and Feast! Nothing like a feast with friends after a day in the dirt.
- Ongoing reflection and improvement in order to ensure ongoing viability of the initiative. Gardens are revisited in the months following the Permablitz to see what has and hasn’t worked to improve designs. We have created an ongoing relationship with the client and the land.
Criteria to be a PermaBlitz Host:
- Have been to a TPPGTA Permablitz to help out 3 or more times or have already committed to helping at future blitzes.
Through our PermaBlitz program we share the practices and methods of permaculture we have used for many years right here in the TPPGTA.
Douglas JE Barnes
This is a social enterprise! The very nature of the work is about building resiliancy and pushing indegenous knowledge to the forefront. All about sustainability and building community.
We have and are building intensive relationships with site hosts for ongoing support and engaged activity once we meet them.
The permablitz is greening cities and that work is going to last for years and years and years. We are making relationships with others in the community to solidify ourselves as the trainers of this holistic, big picture approach and have a waiting list for the service.
We have a growing number of vounteers eager to learn through hands on work and continue to identify more leads and more areas of interest.