Want a real gardening workout? Join Get Well Farms for an Earth Day Permablitz

Sean “Peppy” Meyer holds a baby goat born on his urban farm in Austin. PHOTO BY PAM LEBLANC


Think of a Permablitz as the original Crossfit workout.

Permablitzers meet up to create edible gardens (without using heavy machinery), share skills and build community. Gardening involves lots of muscle power, so a Permablitz means a great workout, too.

On Saturday, Get Well Farms at 2305 East Riverside Farms Road will host an Earth Day Permablitz from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Get Well Farms teaches sustainability and provides an educational platform for children, while yielding food for the neighborhood. After five years of development, the program is set to launch for the 2017-2018 school year, according to farm director Sean “Peppy” Meyer.

To participate, go to Riverside Farms Road (off of East Riverside Drive) and follow the signs to the parking area. The Buzz Mill will serve hot coffee, Jester King will provide beer and East Side Pies will provide pizza. Bring your own water bottle, working gloves and tools (mattock axe, rake, wheelbarrow, shovel, etc.). The event is free and open to all ages. No prior experience necessary.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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