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. They 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!
What can reciprocal models teach us about revitalising cities? Is diversity important to urban vibrancy? How might the "learning by doing" approach be used to encourage active citizenship?
[We originally heard about Permablitz on the OpenIDEO Local Food Challenge. Image sources: first + second]