It’s a really amazing community that has grown with Permablitz the Gong over the past thirteen blitzes. Together we’ve hauled countless bales of straw and lucerne and dubious smelling manure, put up fences, dug ponds and swales, planted trees and veggies, and done created all sorts of amazing permaculture landscapes. In addition to that, we’ve also built some pretty cool bonds. People have started getting together outside blitzes to hang out, weed each others gardens (thanks to Stacey for creating the aptly named irregular Slackerblitz!), share knowledge and skills…we’ve even had a romance form amid all that organic matter!
At a recent blitz, one of our blitzes Maddie said that she wanted a way to network with people outside the blitz environment and so in response we created a Facebook group for everyone! There are some great discussions happening there, and it’s a great place to share excess resources, ask for help or advice, or just talk about all things permie-related!
Check it out: Permablitz the Gong Community
On May the 5th the Permablitz the Gong crew hosted garden tours of the first three blitz sites to celebrate International Permaculture Day. As with any events you host, it was slightly nerve wracking as we stood ready to welcome people at the first site and we just crossed everything that someone would show up. Before we knew it, people were streaming down the driveway! There were familiar faces, and also a lot of new faces, including a group who had made the trek all the way from the Nowra Community Garden!
Several people attended all three sites, and we ran multiple tours on each site taking people through aspects of the design, and pointing out the elements that had been implemented on the permablitzes. It was an overwhelmingly positive day, especially when we heard people say over and over again “I’m going to go home and garden now!”. Even if people just get inspired to build one no dig bed and grow some salad, or raise some chickens, or implement anything they have seen on a blitz with some thought about how it fits into the system of their own environment, it creates lasting change.