Permablitz

PERMABLITZ 2022

Permablitz is about people helping people, learning skills and seeing permaculture designs in action. We are getting ready for next season on blitzs and scheduling all hosts/places into the BPG events calendar. Hooray!So how do I get on the Blitz list? Wait, what is a blitz? Read on!Unclear what a permablitz is?

Let Hannah from Good Life Permaculture explain on this Gardening Australia segment

WHO CAN HOST A BLITZ?

In general we say come to a couple of permablitzes so you gain an understanding of how the day runs (ideally 3 and also you are a financial BPG member). Then, we'll help organise and promote a blitz for you. You don't need a lot of skills, just a commitment to have a go. We ask that you come to some blitzes so you:a) get an idea of what to expect on the dayb) learn some relevant skillsc) demonstrate enough drive to show that you'll maintain your gardend) contribute to the Ballarat Permaculture Guild first (thanks for that!)

YOUR ROLE IN THE BLITZ

As a blitz host you are about to receive a big input of labour, design and good energy. Permablitzes are great fun but do require some work beforehand, so you’re prepared. You will need to have a clear idea of your garden design, feed the troops, do some prep work, and organise materials. You probably won't be doing much work in the garden yourself on the day of the blitz; you’ll need to keep yourself free to answer the many questions that will come up as designs are implemented.However, you can expect help from Ballarat Permaculture Guild with your design, working out quantities of materials needed, promoting the day, registering volunteers, facilitating the day, and some follow up help if needed.About permaculture designWe insist that permablitz must have some permaculture design informing it. Someone who's completed a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) should work with you to draft up a design for your garden. Luckily we have members with PDCs - hooray!Why? We want systems which are appropriate to your budget, skill levels, time and to the constraints and creative possibilities of your space i.e.. we want it to work for you -- to produce as much as it can within the constraints of inputs of resources and time. We believe that applying permaculture design principles will give you a more efficient property, and that translates into less hard yakka for greater food output!You might already have a permaculture design for your place (perhaps you did one yourself, or you’ve had one prepared in the past). That’s fine – we can work with that!We don't discriminate against wealthier people, but we often feel better about performing volunteer designs for people who couldn't have otherwise afforded it. If you can afford it, you might consider a professional design. We have access to a list of professional designers. A professional permaculture design can be less than $400 or upwards of $3000, depending on the level of detail. For most blitzes something towards the lower end would suffice.Book a Walk and TalkThe blitz team will facilitate the day, with at least 2 blitz team members on hand to guide you through the day. Generally, you won't be expected to facilitate the blitz yourself (although some hosts occasionally do).One important step is to book a Walk and Talk with the blitz team members. This entails a walk through your property, discussing your project plans for the day. We also look at logistics, somewhere for lunch, and ensuring OHS is taking into consideration. It’s a social day but safety also plays an important role.Set a dateWork with the Blitz Team to set a date for the permablitz so we can add it to the BPG online calendar and post it on our FB page. Generally you'll want to give yourself at least a couple of weeks to prepare and so there's time to promote the event.

STILL KEEN?

Fill in this form Permablitz pre-host form. Let us know how you'd like to be involved. We are super keen to have heaps of member involvement😊

News

BPG library updates

New Books in the Library

Over the last couple of months, we have added a number of books to the Library. Some of these have generously been donated and some have been purchased to make sure we have the latest Permaculture related texts. A highlight of the latest books are shown below.

You can browse and search all the books in the Library at: https://ballaratpermacultureguild.org/resources/bpg-library/

Loans Available online

BPG members can now request to borrow a book online using the "Send Request" button at: https://ballaratpermacultureguild.org/resources/bpg-library/

We can arrange for books to be picked up at one of our community events (Permies at the Pub or Permies at the market) or contact-less pickup in Golden Point or Navigators.

Events

BPG Book club – Term 2, 2022 RETROSUBURBIA by David Holmgren

RETROSUBURBIA is the latest book by Permaculture founder David Holmgren and considered by many as his most accessible and broadly relevant. In it, he outlines why retrofitting the suburbs is the key to sustainable humansettlement in a low-carbon, post peak-oil world. With numerous case studies based in central Victoria, this book is practical and highly relevant to our area.  The book club is FREE and open to all who are interested and able to commit to the reading and participation in the club.

RETROSUBURBIA discusses creating a simple but rich & abundant lifestyle by working through three main themes: built, biological and behavioural. We will meet over the 9 weeks of Term 2, commencing on April 27 and concluding on June 22.  You don't have to have read the book before April 27 but you do need to commit to reading during the term! 

Our time each week will focus on small group discussions of questions arising from the chapters discussed. Each week we discuss several chapters of the book. No need to purchase: there are 16 copies of the book available for loan. [Further information about the book:www.retrosuburbia.com]

This is an in-person bookclub, to be held at Chestnut Farm, Invermay (10 mins from Ballarat Town Hall) from 7 - 9 pm each week.  Zoom may be an option for those who don't live locally, are not vaccinated or who cannot attend particular nights due to family responsibilities, illness, etc.  You will not usually be able to join the group after the term has started, so please sign up NOW!    The club will be facilitated by BPG President & long-term permie Steve Burns, but Steve's role is wrangling the discussion rather than presenting.  Previous RS bookclubs have featured very lively group discussion.  The issues, topics and case studies are highly engaging and the group usually wants to talk all night!  Look forward to a fun night that will also stimulate serious thinking about life direction & choices.

FREE event but you must book here:

Session plan:

April 27 - Introductions & agreements, Retrosuburbia talk by David Holmgren

May 4 - Chapters 1 - 3 Setting the Scene

May 11 - Ch 4 - 7 Built environment strategies, case studies & group discussion

May 18 - Ch 8 - 13 Built environment strategies, case studies & group discussion

May 25 Ch 14 - 18 Built environment strategies, case studies & group discussion

June 1 Ch 19 - 23  Biological environment (aka garden & farm!) strategies, case studies & group discussion

June 8 - Ch 24 - 28 Behavioural environment strategies  case studies & group discussion (where the rubber hits the road)

June 15 - Ch 29 - 34 Behavioural strategies continued

June 22 - Group & personal reflections and goal setting.  What is your RS vision?  Action Plan?

Events

Community resilience building with Ben Habib

Practical workshop on building community responses to threats like pandemics, 'natural' disasters, climate crisis or totalitarian regimes!

Bushfires and COVID, floods and storms, supply chain disruptions and energy shocks…the last two years have been extremely challenging and disorienting for all of us. But through our hardship and heartbreak, a new world is being born.

Join Ben Habib, International Relations lecturer, environmental educator, mental health advocate and host of the Edge Dwellers Café Podcast, to explore the best of our grassroots responses to this crisis.

In this interactive workshop we will strategise how to scale up our crisis adaptations across the community and play our part in shaping this new world.

The workshop is based on Ben’s internationally-published research, with activities Ben has developed in his award-winning subject “International Politics of Climate Change” at La Trobe University and in his teaching in permaculture design courses with CERES and the Ballarat Permaculture Guild.

We are the answer we’ve been looking for!

About our presenter:

Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Ben is an internationally published scholar with a current research interest in three areas: (1) intersections between grassroots sustainability and regeneration projects, environmental movements and international climate politics; (2) traditional and non-traditional security in North Korea; and (3) undergraduate teaching pedagogy.

Ben teaches into the Permaculture Design Course (PDC)focusing on the application of permaculture design principles to socio-economic systems. He is also a staunch advocate for mental health and neurodiversity.

Ben completed his PhD candidature at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia in 2011, after graduating with a B. Arts (Hons) from Flinders University and a B. Arts from the University of South Australia. He has also studied at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea.

News

Ballarat Permaculture Guild Library has moved

The Ballarat Permaculture Guild library which consists of 250+ Permaculture-related books and DVDs has moved to a new home.

Thank you so much to Karen Fitzpatrick founding member and previous committee member for housing the Library for the last 10 years!

The library is now located in Navigators at the home of BPG committee member, Barry Gibson and searched online at: BPG Library - Ballarat Permaculture Guild or directly at: https://www.librarycat.org/lib/BPG.

Members can borrow books by emailing [email protected] and we will arrange for books to be picked up at one of our community events (Permies at the Pub or Permies at the market) or contact-less pickup in Golden Point or Navigators. We will also be organising electronic borrowing in the near future so stay tuned!