We were so fortunate, thanks to my brother Charlie, Mark Juedeman and all the other GREAT folks, to get involved with Transition Houston in 2009. At the first meeting, a drawing was held and the lucky winner would host the first Permablitz in Houston. Charles won, but at the time, could not take on the project. So... he went in search of another to host it. After checking with his church and I then offered the option to the University of Houston Downtown who was just starting up a community garden, alas, neither were able to host.

Long and short, we decided to start our first garden and get involved with the Transition movement.

What is a Permablitz?

Permablitz (noun): An informal gathering involving a day on which a group of at least two people come together to achieve the following:

  • create or add to edible gardens 
  • share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living
  • build community 
  • have fun

More information is available if you want more details.

We consulted with Marybeth Seligmann and Shawn McFarland in advance to plan out what we wanted to do. They were wonderful and gave us great recommendations for what we could actually accomplish in the amount of time we had and with the layout of our house and yard. When the day finally came in May of 2010, we were ready!

We can't thank the Transition and all the folks enough for showing up that day and beginning our transformation into sustainable and home grown food production!

A detailed account with pictures is posted.

With all our busy lives, we rarely share pictures and information of what we're doing, what we've done and what we're planning. This blog is an attempt to provide an account of our progress and transition. I hope you enjoy it!