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Permablitz is helping communities get together and have fun learning about, designing and implementing suburban food systems – one backyard at a time.

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"With 300+ events already taken place around the globe, the Permablitz concept is bringing edible backyards back to the suburbs. Originally launched in Australia and now popping up from Toowong to Texas, Yeronga to Uganda, Permablitz communities have been gathering to transform, inspire and share skills while collaboratively transforming the backyards, cafes and school gardens of the urban environment.

The network functions on the basic premise of reciprocity. Anyone and everyone can come to a Permablitz. We especially welcome first time gardeners. People from many different backgrounds and from nine months to ninety in age turn up. Because everyone has to eat and food gardening is relevant to almost everyone, you're sure to meet interesting, friendly people of many stripes and persuasions at a Permablitz.

"If you go to three or so Permablitzes we can help organise one at your house. That's right. Permablitz is based on reciprocal volunteer support. Once you've been to a few we can help connect you to a volunteer or professional permaculture designer, help you plan your blitz, promote it, and co-ordinate it on the day. For free!" – from

How might reciprocity help us engage citizens and motivate local participation? How might the "learning by doing" approach be used to encourage community action?

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This is definitely a great initiative to get all the farmers together. I think knowledge sharing is definitely key to helping first time farmers get the necessary experience to grow the right crops with the most efficient fertilizers.

Edmund Ng