Photo: The wet, shady side of the Morgan residence.
Local architect Paul Morgan has a knack for finding hidden treasures; the Permablitz network is going to help him uncover hidden treasure in his own backyard.
Paul’s wife Barb Morgan, a local food & sustainability activist has been slowly transforming their old Manoa residence into an urban homestead which catches its own water and grows its own food:
Photo: Looking out from under the lilikoi trellis to raised beds constructed with reclaimed concrete rubble.
Photo: Re-used food-grade barrels catch water, used for irrigation, throughout the landscape.
Rennovations are currently underway to build Paul’s home-office, which will further reduce the miles he racks up on the family’s electric-powered Leaf; the last Permablitz for 2011 will help the Morgan family to complete the transformation of their edible landscape, including a mini lo’i (taro patch), raised beds, integrated chicken tractor and a backyard aquaponic system (featuring a free workshop hosted by Jeremai ‘Dr. Sustainability’ Cann ).
Hunter Heavilin will also be there, fresh from the two-week PDC he just taught on Molokai, as will Justin Franzmeier of Island Foodscaping and Paul Izak of Yogarden, to share knowledge, and get down & dirty right alongside you!
To keep informed of upcoming blitzes (where you can volunteer, learn-by-doing and make new friends along the way), join the Edible Garden Revolution here.
Photo: Stay tuned for more ‘after’ pics!
PermablitzHI is a grassroots movement restoring Hawaii’s food security, one backyard at a time.