Permablitz Hawaii

Monday, October 1, 2012

Awesome Foundation Oahu would like to congratulate Matthew Lynch and Permablitz Hawaii as our September grant winner! Permablitz Hawaii allows people to create perennial food gardens at their homes with little money and no experience. Anyone is eligible simply by helping install three other gardens. In one day, a large group of people will come and transform your land into a Permaculture foodscape. Since it’s founding in the Fall of 2011, 39 Permablitz’s have been completed.

Please read more here: http://permablitzhawaii.com/pages/what-is-a-permablitz

As Matthew put it, as raindrops fall in to rivers and rivers into oceans Permablitz Hawaii hopes to naturally inspire more and more people to work together as neighbors for the benefit of all involved. PermaBlitz not only increases the island’s food security, but also allows people to create new, reciprocal relationships with a diverse group of “blitzers”. These symbiotic relationships increase everyone’s resiliency when faced with adversity.

PermaBlitz started Oahu-wide and has grown to establish more local groups, like the Westside PermaBlitz in Waianae and 'Growing Together' on the North Shore. They aim to continue this trend to lots of neighborhoods and other islands. There are no restrictions limiting the growth to whoever wants to adopt the program.

According to Matthew, nothing is more peaceful than helping others grow healthy food. Permablitz Hawaii loves striving to recreate what Hawaii once was, a community where neighbors help neighbors grow their own food, trade, eat together, share recipes and “talk story”.

By doing so people care about each other more deeply. They are generally inspired to invite others to participate and share even more, creating peas (peace!) on Earth!

How they will use the money:

'Community work truck' (approx $4,000), for Permablitz organizers & volunteers to transport soil, plants, stones, tools etc to each blitz site. Logistics, maintenance, & access to the truck will be managed by our nonprofit organization. They are seeking a diesel vehicle so that it can be converted to run on waste vegetable oil in future to demonstrate that waste can = valuable resources. A volunteer is willing to lend us the cost of the truck upfront while more donations and grants are sought.