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Adam from Permablitz Melbourne shows Sydney how its done!

Adam Grubb founded Permablitz as part of a crew of Melbourne permaculturalists in 2006. Since then, Melbourne Permblitz has delivered many, many successful permablitzes in the greater Melbourne area, and the concept of Permablitz has spread to Sydney, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Canberra, Tasmania, Bega, the Sunshine Coast, California, Montreal, Istanbul and Uganda.

So what is a Permablitz?

Permablitz (noun): An informal gathering involving a day on which a group of at least two people come together to achieve the following:

– create or add to edible gardens where someone lives
– share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living
– build community networks
– have fun

Permablitzes are free events, open to the public, with free workshops, shared food, where you get some exercise and have a wonderful time. To be defined as a permablitz each event must also be preceded by a permaculture design by a designer with a Permaculture Design Certificate.

The network runs on reciprocity, and in order to qualify for a permablitz you usually need to come to “3 or so” first, although there can be exceptions in this case.

Many thanks to Milkwood for putting on this great free event!
Filmed at Alexandria Park Community Center
Mon, 16 Jan, 2012

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Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles — researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious.

Britta Riley is an artist and technologist who makes crowdsourced R&D solutions for environmental issues. Her company, Windowfarms.org was named one of the top 100 businesses to watch in 2010 by Entrepreneur Magazine. Windowfarms makes vertical hydroponic platforms for growing food in city windows, designed in conjunction with a online citizen science web platform for with over 16,000 community members worldwide.

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telegraph.co.uk writes…

“John Rudgard was leading a stressful life in the hospitality sector, working unholy hours at the office when his wife, Stephanie, sent him on a course — Permaculture for Busy People. It changed their lives. Now they lead a more sustainable existence, raising animals and growing food, and make a living teaching others how to follow in their footsteps, from their house, Rifleman Cottage, in Kent… ”

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Little homestead in the city

Little homestead in the city

urbanhomestead.org writes…

“Path to Freedom is a grassroots, family operated, original urban homestead located in the midst of Pasadena

Surrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Dervaes Family have steadily worked at transforming this ordinary city lot into an organic and sustainable micro-farm.

This website documents the many steps the Dervaeses have taken and hopes to inspire fellow travelers on their own life-changing journey. Be inspired to take the first step…”


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Jane de Graaf writes from G Magazine…

“Put the ideas of this gardening philosophy to practice in your own backyard with these handy pointers.

I’m standing in the backyard in the pouring rain, watching intently. It sounds odd, but I have good reason. What I’m looking at is water-flow: what happens when the falling drops hit the ground, where the water travels to, whether it pools or disappears. This way I can see if it’s getting to the places that I want it to, minimising resource waste, recycling and diverting water that might otherwise run down the drain. It’s just one aspect of the permaculture concept.

The permaculture movement started in Tasmania in the 1970s and is credited to the developments of Bill Mollison and David Holmgren …”

[G Magazine]

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Safe and Poisonous Houseplants

Many homes contain houseplants or other natural materials to add beauty and interest to the décor. Not only are they attractive but many varieties of houseplants serve as indoor air cleaners as well. Lovely and functional as they may be, some houseplants may present a hazard especially if young children or pets share the household.

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The Chinese plan to build housing for as many as 400 million of its citizens by 2017. With this in mind the Chinese government commissioned world famous eco-architect Bill McDonough and partner Michael Braungart to design a prototype city. Here, McDonough explains describes his vision for a sustainable, thriving metropolis.
See his video here

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