PermaBlitzes are about helping our neighborhoods become more edible and resilient one yard at a time by harnessing and building the power of community.
“Perma” is short for permaculture, which is a design system for regenerative living and land use. “Blitz”, is German for lightning, a focused application of energy. A PermaBlitz is when that energy is focused on installing part of a permaculture system in someone’s yard. As a comprehensive design system, permaculture includes much more than organic food gardening. Growing at least some of our food where we live, however, has always been a central emphasis within the broader picture of permaculture.
A PermaBlitz is a day on which at least two people come together to:
- Create or add to an edible garden or system for enhancing our environment
- Share skills related to permaculture and regenerative living
- Build community
- Have fun
As an example; you go to someone’s house, learn about rainwater harvesting, sheet mulch a new garden bed, plant some fruit trees, build a trellis, meet new people, and have a few laughs. That’s a PermaBlitz! Learn about Earthshed PermaBlitz #1.
Every PermaBlitz has a design done in advance. Each design has the contribution of someone with a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and demonstrates some permaculture principles in action. Why? We want systems that really work; systems that are suited to the opportunities and limitations of the site, and the desires, skills, time and budget of the people that live or work there (the Host).
Good permaculture design takes lessons from nature, adds some scientific insights, lessons from traditional agriculture, wisdom from indigenous cultures, and a healthy dose of common sense. Designers utilize this type of information to design systems that produce food, useful goods, and beauty for humans while enhancing the services our ecosystems provide. On the day of the ‘Blitz, the permaculture design is explained to everyone so they understand the rationale and can get more deeply involved in implementing the projects.
Reciprocity is the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit. PermaBlitzes create a network of people that come together to help on the day of the ‘Blitz so that they have an opportunity for gaining help in the future. This is similar to the traditional ‘barn-raising’ model; help others and you’ll get helped. To this end, people should attend two PermaBlitzes and two Chico Permaculture Guild Gatherings before qualifying for a PermaBlitz of their own. See the PermaBlitz Host and PermaBlitz FAQ page for more information.
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