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Minja’s #SURFBLITZ Mahalo!

Surfrider Oahu and Permablitz Hawaii continue a partnership to promote Ocean Friendly Gardens, Food Security, and environmental empowerment thorugh an engaged and smiling volunteer base.

Aloha Permablitz Hawaii Ohana!!

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who helped to make my blitz a HUGE success! I have been involved with Permablitz Hawaii since 2013, and it is a truly inspiring grassroots movement.

Surfrider Oahu and Permablitz Hawaii continue a partnership to promote Ocean Friendly Gardens, Food Security, and environmental empowerment thorugh an engaged and smiling volunteer base.

Surfrider Oahu and Permablitz Hawaii continue a partnership to promote Ocean Friendly Gardens, Food Security, and environmental empowerment thorugh an engaged and smiling volunteer base.

We are blessed to live in a place where we are able to grow food easily year round, and I believe every single household should be doing exactly that. Permablitz Hawaiii is helping to make this dream come true, one backyard at a time.  The transformation that takes place at each blitz is always amazing. The blitz team brings in an invaluable amount of resources, mulch, zoo-doo, donated plants, tools, and INCREDIBLE people to make this magic happen.

Surfrider Oahu and Permablitz Hawaii continue a partnership to promote Ocean Friendly Gardens, Food Security, and environmental empowerment thorugh an engaged and smiling volunteer base.

Gardeners are rockstars!

The experience is always educational and fun. The volunteers are always eager, full of love and dedication to the cause, and ready to get dirty!

The Permablitz crew did a fantastic job with my blitz. We had a full pre-blitz workday of clearing and bringing in mulch, which was a great way for more volunteers to get involved as well.
On the day of my blitz, I believe we had 50+ people come and go throughout the day. Old trees came down. New trees went up (mango, avocado, lemon, lime, banana, moringa!) A beautiful new raised bed herb garden was built outside of my kitchen window. An entire wall of liloko`i and jamaican liliko`i was planted along with a wire grid installed for it to grow on. A hugelkulture bed was built, along with an informative lesson given on this technique.
Plants that were donated included kalo, sugarcane, cassava, kale, chard, tomatoes, squash, olena, ginger, comfrey, nutgrass, lemongrass, basil, dill, cilantro, oregano, dragonfruit, and more! The transformation of my yard, to me, is truly priceless. I am a single mother, raising a 3-year old starchild who loves to play and work in the yard with me. We have been living in our sweet little basement studio for a few months now, and while the yard was well landscaped, it was completely ornamental.
Surfrider Oahu and Permablitz Hawaii continue a partnership to promote Ocean Friendly Gardens, Food Security, and environmental empowerment thorugh an engaged and smiling volunteer base.

APCRD’s adorable and talented summer intern Olivia Rabbit.

I could never have accomplished on my own removing such a large amount of mature hedges and trees and bringing in truckloads of mulch, dirt, and edible plants. Having so many working, loving hands involved made it possible to do an amazing transformation in 1 day! I am eternally grateful to each and every Permablitz Hawaii volunteer!

You are magickal lovely beings, and I thank you for your love and dedication. Thank you for showing up. This is important stuff. We cannot continue to ship food into Hawaii forever, and it does not make sense to do so anyways!
Please help to spread the word to all of your friends and keep making the best garden parties ever happening!!
Mahalo nui loa. I love you all.
~Minja


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SUCCESS! Over 700 plants & seeds given away @2015 Community Seed & Plant Exchange

FREE MIKE LOVE CONCERT!

FREE MIKE LOVE CONCERT!

The 3rd Annual Community Seed & Plant Exchange event at the Kahumana Farm Festival featured a free concert by popular musician Mike Love engaged almost 2,000 people with the opportunity to exchange seeds and plants saved from their own backyards, with over 700 plants and seeds given away. Special thanks to the Hawaii Center for Food Safety for their financial support in making this community event possible.

Thank you NTBG for the breadfruit trees

Thank you NTBG for the breadfruit trees

Thanks to the National Breadfruit Institute we distributed over 100 breadfruit trees to the community. Beginning and advanced workshops on seed-saving were held throughout the day, as well educational talks about the importance of saving seeds and plants.

Additional activities included at the Kahumana Farm Festival were informational booths from local community organizations, including a interactive workshops, seed & plant giveaways, free local music and local food, arts & crafts vendors.

The community of Waianae is a peri-urban community with one of the highest populations of Native Hawaiians in the world and one of the most economically challenged communities in the state of Hawaii. This community is most among the most vulnerable to food insecurity as a result of an increasingly industrialized global food supply chain, but is also home to a blossoming renaissance of food justice organizations such as MA`O Farms, Kahumana Organic Farm, Hoa`aina, Ka`ala Farm, and others.

Seeds saved from backyards in the community

Seeds saved from backyards in the community

Conservation of our agricultural diversity is not possible without the participation of the communities who have evolved and protected the plants and animals that form the basis of sustainable agriculture.[1] Creating community spaces to exchange plants & seeds also creates a space to exchange and cultivate localized knowledge of plant varieties, growing techniques, cultural knowledge, and much more.

Highlights of the day:

  • Almost 2000 people were in attendance at the Farm Festival, including 58 vendors and 9 bands.
  • Over 700 plants and seeds from people’s backyards or homesteads were given away or shared.
  • Over 100 Breadfruit trees were given away along with detailed instructions on how to plant and care for a tree that has significant potential to provide for a significant amount of a family’s nutritive needs (special thanks to the National Breadfruit Institute).
  • Master Farmer Charlie Reppun gave a keynote speech on the importance of agriculture
  • Musicians Andrew ‘Tubby’ Love and Amber Lily conducted a musical workshop for children that taught the importance of seed-saving.
  • The Oahu Resource Conservation & Development (ORCD) council hosted a Soils Health booth which hosted educational keiki activities and gave away free Sunn-Hemp seeds for cover-cropping
  • Permaculture Instructor Tia Silvasy taught a 90-minute beginner’s workshop attended by 14 people on the basics of seed-saving.
  • Organic heirloom squash grower Anna Peach taught a 90-minute advanced workshop attended by 12 people on the techniques of cultivating heirloom squash and developing your own backyard varieties using traditional breeding techniques.

View the full album of pics from the day’s festivities here.

The seed & plant sharing action was fast, furious, and respectful

The seed & plant sharing action was fast, furious, and respectful

[1] http://navdanya.org/earth-democracy/seed-sovereignty


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2015 Community Seed & Plant Exchange @ Kahumana Farm Festival

The ancient practices of seed saving and sharing are currently under threat.

In the first half of the 20th century, seeds were overwhelmingly in the hands of farmers and public-sector plant breeders. In the decades since then, Gene Giants have used intellectual property laws to commodify the world seed supply – a strategy that aims to control plant germplasm and maximize profits by eliminating Farmers’ Rights.

 Today, the proprietary seed market accounts for a staggering share of the world’s commercial seed supply. In less than three decades, a handful of multinational corporations have engineered a fast and furious corporate enclosure of the first link in the food chain. 

– “Who Owns Nature?”, 2008 report by ETC Group –

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From almost a thousand biotech startups 15 years ago, ten companies now have three quarters of industry revenue. And, six of the leaders in seeds are also six of the leaders in pesticides and biotech. Over the past three decades, a handful of companies has gained control of that one quarter of the world’s annual biomass (crops, livestock, fisheries, etc.) that has been integrated into the world market economy.[1]

The genetic make-up of most corn grown in the United States, and in many other places around the world, can be traced back to Hawaii. The isolation of our island state is so critical to the nation’s modern corn-growing business that the biotech industry’s leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect, drought and pesticide resistance. [2]

Biotech’s most lucrative technical achievement is the engineering of crops to withstand a shower of chemical weed killers. Today, over 80% of the worldwide area devoted to genetically engineered crops carries at least one genetic trait for herbicide tolerance.[3]

To support corporations, some states have made it illegal for everyone else to save and share patented seeds.

The ancient practices of seed saving and sharing are currently under threat. Plants carefully cultivated by farmers the world over for millennia – skills and knowledge that belong to no one and everyone – are being claimed as “inventions” and patented by corporations with the support of national states and international bodies, such as the World Trade Organization. [4]

Save & share seeds

Communities that save & share seeds together, thrive & grow strong together.

Solution: Save and share our seeds.

We believe that seeds must remain part of the global commons, and that the simple & peaceful acts of saving & sharing seeds from our own gardens and farms is one of the most powerful & revolutionary acts that individuals & communities can take to reclaim our seed sovereignty.

Conservation of our agricultural diversity is not possible without the participation of the communities who have evolved and protected the plants and animals that form the basis of sustainable agriculture.[5]

Saving and sharing seeds is crucial to our freedom, autonomy from capitalism, and crucial for our survival. Within each seed lays a storehouse of knowledge, recalling the kind of soil in which it was grown, the amount of sun, rain and nutrients that it requires, when to sprout and when to bear fruit.

The 3rd Annual Community Seed & Plant Exchange event at the Kahumana Farm Festival will engage over 1,200 people with the opportunity to exchange seeds and plants saved from their own backyards. Beginning and advanced workshops on seed-saving will be held throughout the day, as well educational talks about the importance of saving seeds and plants.

The community of Waianae is a peri-urban community with one of the highest populations of Native Hawaiians in the world and one of the most economically challenged communities in the state of Hawaii. This community is among the most vulnerable to food insecurity as a result of an increasingly industrialized global food supply chain, but is also home to a blossoming renaissance of food justice organizations such as MA`O Farms, Kahumana Organic Farm, Hoa`aina, Ka`ala Farm, and others.

Creating community spaces to exchange plants & seeds also creates a space to exchange and cultivate localized knowledge of plant varieties, growing techniques, cultural knowledge, and much more. The annual Community Seed & Plant Exchange works to grow our community’s capacity to provide for its own needs and reclaim its food sovereignty.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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[1] http://www.etcgroup.org/content/who-owns-nature

[2]http://huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/21/hawaii-gmo-flash-point_n_5187599.html

[3] http://www.gmwatch.org/gm-firms/10558-the-worlds-top-ten-seed-companies-who-owns-nature

[4] http://nomoola.com/saveseeds/index.html – .VRxrIkubOYk

[5] http://navdanya.org/earth-democracy/seed-sovereignty

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SUNSET BEACH: #SURFBLITZED (PERMABLITZHI#28)

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Thanks to everyone that came to the Ke Ala Pupukea #Surfblitz on April 19th, 2015! Drew Wilkinson cashed in his 3 blitzes towards a blitz on the North Shore’s Bike Path. Over 50 native plants were installed to the existing native plant garden located next to the Sunset Beach bridge.

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We also managed to remove 100 square feet of California Grass and engineer an erosion-control staircase. Another group split off and spruced up the Edible Bike Path with more ocean friendly/edible plants before the days’ work was over. A handful of the natives planted were ʻākulikuli, ʻilima, pōpolo, ʻukiʻuki, ʻahuʻawa, and ʻohai.

Kawela Farrant leads the Ku`i Kalo demonstration

Kawela Farrant leads the Ku`i Kalo demonstration

There was an intriguing/tasty taro cleaning workshop and traditional pounding demonstration by Nick Kawelakai Farrant as well as a native plant identification walk held by Vance Farrant, president of Malama Ke Ala Pupukea.  But, the most spectacular part was the massive workforce of 50 volunteers that came out to help. It was a beautiful showing as a result of the partnerships formed between Malama Ke Ala Pupukea (MKAP), Permablitz Hawaii, Surfrider and their Ocean Friendly Gardens Campaign.

View the full epic photo album from the day’s activities here, courtesy Rafael Bergstrom Photography.

MKAP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to restore, maintain, and improve the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path, and by doing so, transform it into an educational tool for people of all ages and backgrounds. You can check out their website, www.kealapupukea.org or Facebook Page: Malama Ke Ala Pupukea for more information about upcoming workdays.


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PermablitzHI honored at Hawaii State Senate Chamber

On March 24, 2015 Senator Mike Gabbard invited the current leaders of the PermablitzHI hui to his office at the State Capitol to talk story about the possibilities of transforming the ornamental reflecting pools into a productive, edible landscaping feature. The team found themselves on the Senate Chamber Floor being acknowledged and thanked for their work – well played Senator Gabbard, well played!

We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition, and would like to thank everyone who has blitzed, helped out, or otherwise contributed and supported to making Permablitz what it is today – MAHALO. See you at the next blitz!!

Thank you Senator Gabbard for a well-executed surprise!

Thank you Senator Gabbard for a well-executed surprise!


TRANSCRIPT OF SEN. GABBARD’S SPEECH BELOW:

MG: Madame President and colleagues, I’d like to introduce Permablitz Hawaii 

I see some of you scratching your heads, thinking “what the heck is a permablitz”?  First, let me assure you, it has nothing to do with football….no, it’s not a new defensive scheme for the Seattle Seahawks.  Actually,  Permablitz, is a volunteer network akin to the old fashioned barn raisings common in the early days of our country.  But instead of folks coming together to build barns, they come together to design and create edible landscapes based on permaculture principles.   

Permaculture is a design system for communities; it’s about working with nature towards care of Mother Earth, care of her inhabitants and the sharing of resources.

Volunteer workdays are held regularly to transform backyards, schools or other public places into more efficient, functional and productive spaces in a single day.   

Permablitzes began in Australia in 2006 as a collaboration between a Permaculture designer and a community group. Since then there have been hundreds organized throughout the world.  On Oahu, they’ve been happening on average about once a month since Permablitz arrived in 2011.  

Beyond the incredible gift of edible landscapes, Permablitz is as much about building community, teaching, learning, sharing and living sustainably.  

We have here today, the leaders of Permablitz Hawaii: (Will you please stand as I call your name?) 

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PERMABLITZHI#27 installs #Oceanfriendlygarden at Sonflower urban farm in Hawaii Kai

Mike Davis has been a stalwart unofficial member of the PermabltizHI Hui since he came to his first blitz a couple years ago. He’s got way more than 3 blitzes under his belt, in addition to countless pre-blitz operations that he’s helped out on.

PermablitzHI#27 installed a kitchen garden, an in-ground water catchment, and other ocean-friendly garden features at Mike’s sweetie’s house at the footsteps of Koko Head Crater – check out the ‘After’ pics for an idea of what the garden looks like this Valentine’s Day.

A garden.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving (more pics here):

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AFTER: Maunalani Heights


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FOODSCAPES HAWAII helps #blitzer to qualify for their own Permablitz

BEFORE AND AFTER:
Check out these pics from Permablitzer Laurien Nuss’ day w/ the FOODSCAPES HAWAII crew last month.

Fran Butera from FoodscapesHI writes: “What a smart, positive, hard-working, dedicated, delightful person she is! She gave 110% to this very physically and mentally demanding job AND she came back the next week to help me finish it off. Are all your permaculture friends this cool? Please give Lala max credit toward her own permablitz – she earned it!”

Here’s to more amazing collaborations in 2015!

AFTER: Maunalani Heights

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