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The Permablitz Program & Application

“Food desert” is a term commonly used to describe communities with little or no access to healthy food, including fresh fruits, vegetables,
meats and diary products. The USDA defines a food desert as an area where at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract's population resides more than 1 mile from a supermarket or large grocery store. 


In Knoxville's food deserts, the only food available without driving or taking a bus comes from the quick-marts and gas stations, which have an abundance of low-quality packaged ‘food’ containing high quantiles of sugar, salt, or fat.  In lower and mixed income areas, many people rely on these 'stores' for their daily sustenance.

One way to address this issue by following the three Ethics of Permaculture ( Earth Care. People Care. Fair Shair.) and installing ebible landscapes (based on permaculture design) to make food easily available in lower and mixed income areas or where food deserts exist.

The Permablitz Program
 
KPG defines permablitz as, “a group of people who come together to install a permaculture landscape in a designated amount of time," which is usually about a day.  It's like an old fashioned barn raising.  KPG permablitz events are led by a KPG guild member and follow a permaculture plan.


Where we conduct permablitzes:
 
  • in areas of low or mixed income on private land
  • in an area designated as a “Food Desert”

Who we conduct permablitzes for:

  • for individuals of lower income who have participated in a minimum of two former permablitzes
  • for groups (includes non-profits, churches, etc.) that service lower or mixed income clients and have assisted with a minimum of two prior permablitzes
  • on private land of non low or mixed income when the landscape is located in such an area or a food desert and is open for free harvest (i.e. a privately owned lot).  We ask that individuals assist with the cost of the blitz and participates in a minimum of three former permablitzes.
 
Other preferences include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Individuals and organizations located in the Knoxville’s urban areas
  • Individuals and organizations who will be significantly impacted by the benefits of the evolving permaculture landscape
 
 
How to Apply
 
Please complete the recipient application and mail completed form to 2509 East 5th Ave or email completed form to knoxvillepermacultureguild@gmail.com. 
 
  • Applications are held for one year and may be applied to any planting season during that year.  Recipients are established bi-annually.
  • Applicants will make available stewards for the installment.  Stewards will also instruct others how to care for the landscape to ensure the installment always has a steward.
  • Applicant must be own the land where the permaculture landscape will be installed.
  • Recipients will sign a contract regarding the maintenance of the landscape.
Individuals
Groups or Organizations

Consultations

Not everyone needs a full on permablitz, but we all need some guidance sometimes.  If you or your group fits the guidelines listed above, and you are interested in having someone visit your site for a consultation,  please contact us directly. 

Click HERE for examples of KPG's collaborations and consultations.


Depending on availability; trees, bushes, and plants that may be included in a permaculture landscape include but are not limited to:
 
Top canopy
Pecan
Mulberry
Locust


Middle Canopy
Apple
Pear
Plum
Peach
Hazelnut
Bush Cherry


Lower Canopy
Fig
Elderberry
Curra
nt
Blueberry
Gooseberry
Gumi berry

Goji berry
Chokberry
Honeyberry
Jostaberry


Vine
Grape
Kiwi


Herb/cover crop
Sunchoke
Comfrey
Clover
Chickweed
Bee Balm
Thyme
Yarrow
Oregano

 Fungi level
Shitake mushroom