Every body helps out and learns new tricks and tips in doing so. By the end of the day we have achieved more than any one person could have and we've built community at the same time.
In California we called them work parties. People brought music, food, tea, kids, dogs and just settled in for a day of socializing and get their hands dirty! Thats what Permaculture is really all about - opening the gates to your garden and home, inviting your neighbours and friends to share their skills and their time so that we may grow the world greener, one garden at a time.
Last weekend with my Urban Organic Evening class we met at Martines house, an elderly lady who owns a large plot of land in the centre of Geneva. She offered to host us in her family garden where her 10 grandchildren and their respective families come to garden and play. There was a tired old veg plot which we revamped with manure, compost and straw. A bean tipi was put up and planted for the kids. We turned and sifted the high quality compost and finally built and Insect Hotel to attract and house beneficial bugs. It was a splendid day! The children and grand children joined in, the aunts and uncles too by the end of the day we were about 35 gardeners all sharing a potluck dinner and some local red wine! :)
My favourite was Martines comment at the end of the day. Martine has lived her whole life in Onex, on this land and had never hosted such a event before. She takes me to one side and says to me "I didn't really believe we'd be able to do all these things you had mentioned, I was worried what my family might think, but we've done it, all together and I love it! You can all come again any time you wish!!".