This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for you.
To all of you who have contributed your time, sweat, resources, recipes & love towards making our communities a little more edible – and a lot more resilient – thank you.
In particular, we’d like to thank Sam Wilhoite of Ohana Lawn Service, who primed the pump for more cash donations in 2012 (thank you Awesome Foundation!) with his unsolicited cash donation earlier this year:
Sam cornered as at a Yogarden event and told us how much he has enjoyed his Permablitz experiences, and that he would like to give us some cash towards expanding our positive impact.
At first, we weren’t sure how to respond, because we never intended Permabltiz to receive cash donations; we have no formal organization or structure – instead only a guiding framework grounded in ethical principles – upon which we are building a decentralized (ever-expanding) network of committed permaculture activists to facilitate blitz events, create practical hands-on learning opportunities, and concentrate on building the network.
Photo: Sam & his Pops mini-blitzin’ their own backyard.
The stronger our network, the more information & resources can flow from person-to-person, and the more resilience we build into this system – and our communities.
Needless to say, we quickly figured out a way we could receive cash donations – via the nonprofit Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, a Hawaii-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore degraded lands (we’d say that most resource-hungry lawns qualify as ‘degraded lands’) that is about to apply for its 501c3 federal nonprofit status. In future, this will allow us to give donors a tex-deduction for their contribution if they wish – we’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, PermablitzHI continues to flourish (our mailing list surpassed 400 this month) and help people grow their own, restoring Hawaii’s food security one backyard at a time. We started without relying on any money, and we’ll continue to do our work without relying on monetary currency.
Instead, we choose to trade in the currency of relationships, we believe in the power of community, and we will not stop – until people helping people to grow their own food is no longer buzzworthy.
“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrasingly simple.”
– Bill Mollison –
Thank you, for being a part of Hawaii’s Edible Garden Revolution.
…and after sharing some quality time this long weekend and being thankful for our loved ones…. Stay tuned for the next blitz!