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Minja’s Blitzed Out Garden

 

A follow up to Minja’s Surfblitz

Aloha Permablitz HI Ohana! It has been 15 months since my magickal garden was Surfblitzed into an epic edible organic foodscape. Liko & I have had so much fun harvesting and replanting an abundance of fruits, vegetables, & herbs. It is amazing how quickly plants can grow here in Hawaii. Mahalo to all of the Permablitz HI coordinators and volunteers who continue to show up and make the magick happen.  We are transforming Hawaii into an edible foodscape, one backyard at a time! Imagine if everyone was growing food in their backyard. We live in the easiest place in the world to make that happen!

Below are some photos from before and after my blitz. I hope that this inspires you to grow some food!

With much love and gratitude, Minja

 

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Mahalo from Stacie & Nat

First, we wanted to send a million mahalos to all the people who came up to our Tantalus house to plant an abundant food garden on a perfectly sunny day in February. Only a couple months later and we’re already harvesting loads of basil, moringa, bele, nz spinach, chilis, eggplants, lemongrass, ‘uala, Chaya, katuk, arugula, kale, coffee, bananas, ginger, Olena, comfrey, kabocha, lilikoi, cacao and more to make beautiful salads and stir fried on a daily basis.

We were a bit worried with the El Niño drought emptying our water catchment and no rain for 2 months before our permablitz, that all the new vulnerable plants might not make it till the rains started, but everyone threw in to rip up boxes for cardboard sheet mulching, hauling in zoo doo and wood mulch, and bringing a few gallons each of water, and before we knew it we had a well laid out water resilient food garden with guilds of supportive plants. With a little creative use of dishwashing grey water, we were able to keep the plants happy till the rains started again in earnest in April, and they’re all now lush, verdant, and productive.

Right before our eyes a steep hillside covered in non-edible plants was transformed into a healthy terraced fruit and vegetable garden that was shortly pumping out tasty greens and herbs to make killer meals.

It wasn’t just the plants, we had an amazing lunch spread over which many fast new friendships were formed. With incredible local ginger beer, hummus, veggie burgers, salads, chocolate and more, how could you not bond with your fellow edible plant lover? We are eternally grateful for all the people that came up the hill to our place and in no time flat had help make us a garden that still grows great food, something Hawai’i sorely needs in terms of producing its own edible bounty instead of importing it all. The productive green garden we look out over every day when we leave the house combined with all the edible “weeds” that the surrounding forests provide is all we need to provide food for the 6 people in our house and keep us all healthy, dancing, and gardening till we’re 110!

Many mahalos,
Stacie & Nat


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Blitz #34 coming up next! Save the date! May 7, 2016

Aloha Blitzers! We are stoked to announce our next Permablitz HI event: Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 9:00AM in Aina Haina! It will be our 34th blitz on Oahu! Please come join in the fun!

Prep work is being done on site, getting ready for an epic transformation from a bare landscape to an inviting tranquil garden. In alignment with our Ocean Friendly Garden design, we will be installing a lotus pond with rain chain leading into the pond, installing a rain barrel under a gutter by the stairs, and creating a small lily pond in the meditation area.
We will be building an herb spiral here:
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We will be building  simple trellises for privacy in a meditation area here:
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We will be building some raised garden beds here:

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Mahalo to our hosts, Nicole, Justus and Jett.
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(This Blitz has been donated by blitzer and PDC graduate Jennifer Macagnone. If you would like to be eligible to receive a permablitz at a location of your choice, come participate in a minimum of 3 Permablitz HI events!)


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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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MAY 16, 2015

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.