Over 40 people turned out to blitz Paul Izak’s already-edible backyard into an overflowing oasis of abundance tucked away in a quiet suburban neighborhood.
Haole koa (meaning ‘foreign koa’), considered an invaisive nuisance by most locals, was cleared from an adjacent lot to provide strong, flexible wood to build trellises that vines such as lilikoi and squash – a living, edible wall of green:
Areca palms (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens), Christmas berry (Schinus terebinthifolius) were felled on–site to create borders for raised no-dig garden beds throughout:
A chicken tractor system will be used to weed, fertilize, and prepare the garden beds. Chickens are let into each area at the end of the crop rotation, and left to eat the remaining plants & bugs, while their pooping & scratching prepare the beds for the next crop rotation:
Reclaimed timber from a friend’s deck and was repurposed to build a happy house for chickens…
…and a happy outdoor shower privacy screen for humans:
Hunter Heavilin led a group FOOD NOT ASPHALT which replaced a portion of the paved driveway with raised gardenbeds:
Special thanks again to Down-to-Earth Kailua for donating their used cardboard which was upcycled into biodegradable weedmats in our sheet-mulch (no-dig) garden beds, to Nathan Peracciny & Jacob Payne, who flew all the way from NYC to document this event as part of Throw-to-Grow’s upcoming Kickstarter campaign, and to all the many people who chipped in so many different ways. So much love and aloha felt throughout the day – this blitz was HUGE.
Stay tuned for PermablitzHI#4…
…and join Hawaii’s Edible Garden revolution here.