It’s been a little while between blitzes as our February blitz was unable to go ahead, but we have something very special coming up for April that we hope will be as exciting for you all as it is for us! We canvassed the eligible blitz hosts to see if anyone was keen on a Feb/March blitz at their home, but no-one was in the position to have a blitz before our next scheduled blitz in May (more on that soon!!). Instead of waiting until May, we are hosting a very special permablitz at the Urban Grown farm on April 12th, the first farm scale permablitz in the Illawarra!
Permablitz the Farm!
Where: Urban Grown, Warrawong
When: Saturday 12th April, 10-4pm
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 4th April to register your interest.
Please note, it is ESSENTIAL that you email us here at the gmail address to register for the blitz. This blitz is a bit different to our previous blitzes and there is a lot of important info below, so make sure you keep reading!
As always, we will blitz rain, hail or shine and will provide a delicious lunch, bottomless cups of tea/coffee and cold beverages for everyone. This event is free and open to all regardless of skill level. We welcome first time gardeners.
About Urban Grown
Urban Grown is a farm that operates in conjunction with Warrawong High. It was set-up to grow local chemical free produce, look after the land and create jobs in our community, particularly for young people. It is part of a social enterprise called Green Connect. For anyone unfamiliar with social enterprise and how it works, a social enterprise is a business set-up to achieve social and environmental outcomes through trade, and focuses on maximising the benefits to the community rather than profits for stakeholders.
This year, a small team of volunteers took on managing the farm, in an effort to see it through to sustainability. To do this, they need to develop the farm (more beds, more plants in the ground, a new chicken and duck house, and much more), in order to grow and sell enough produce to fund jobs, farm management, and urban agriculture in our community. ‘Permablitz the Farm’ will kick-start this new phase at Urban Grown. It will help build this asset for our community, create jobs locally, and mean more locally grown chemical free food. It will also be a chance to see urban growing in a small farm context.
All participants will get a blitz credit, same as you would for a regular Permablitz and you also get to be part of building community sustainability and resilience in the Illawarra.
What differences can I expect at this blitz?
- Please note that while you are welcome to bring your children, due to the nature of this site we cannot permit children to be on the work site at all and they must be with a parent or trusted guardian at all times. There is a Yurt at the edge of the site than can be used as a children’s play area and we suggest that parents alternate with their partner or another adult so you can enjoy the blitz as well as looking after your children.
- We are calling for people with building experience to put their hands up, as we will be building secure structures on the day for the chickens and ducks that need to be 100% fox proof after a recent fox attack. This will take many hands, so we’d love to have all you builders on the job
- We will need tools! Lots of them! Wheelbarrows, shovels, whatever you have that you can bring will be greatly appreciated. Remember to label your tools as they all look the same when they are covered in dirt!
Hope to see you there!