Despite the wacky and wild winter weather returning, we are gearing up for a good growing season at community and neighborhood gardens in Traverse City!
Little Artshram and the Urban Farming Collective is hosting a special gathering this weekend and we invite you to join us. Information is listed below. Here’s a beginning outline of the garden growing season schedule, with more information coming your way soon. Presently we are adding names to our waiting list for new gardeners, and wish to finalize the plot map for returning gardeners in good-standing at the barns property community garden. There will be some mapping and plot-size changes. Here’s the schedule so far:
Saturday, March 10th, Food and Our Future in Traverse City, info below, introducing the Urban Farming Collective (UFC) Film showing, discussion, and how the UFC is connected to our community gardening and Little Artshram’s mission/vision.
Monday, March 19th, Little Artshram Board meeting, with UFC Among other things, finalizing policy/procedures, with barns property and Cook’s House community garden maps.
Wednesday, April 18th, UFC sponsored Community Garden meeting/potluck Official sign-up/overview of policy/procedures/news and updates of program and summer schedule.
Join us: “HOW-to: FOOD & OUR FUTURE in Traverse City” with a special 30-minute film showing of Christopher Bedford’s film, “GETTING REAL ABOUT FOOD AND THE FUTURE”, presented by the Urban Farming Collective (UFC).
March 10th, Saturday 6-8 pm,
@ Cogs Creek Studio 124 N. Maple, Traverse City, MI
(FYI: Our Building #36 studio and community gathering space is now being renovated and re-developed and is no longer serving as our “bad-weather” meeting space. The Cog’s Creek gathering place is easy to find, it’s just one block off Front St. on Maple, 2nd business on the right-hand side. Park along the street on either side.)
It makes sense to have food at this event, so please, feel free to bring some kind of food to share!
This special film was created to help communities take the first steps toward food security and a thriving economic future in the post petroleum era. Designed to spur organization and action, the film emphasizes solutions to the deepest problems of transitioning to a new food economy. Following the film, Samantha Tengelitsch and Christopher Graves (Urban Farmers living in Traverse City’s Central Neighborhood) will facilitate a discussion about the ideas and issues raised in the film and the implications for our own communities and our own lives.
As an annual, spring event kicking-off the garden growing season in the Traverse City area, we welcome folks and organizations to join us with their garden info. sharing and sign-up–featuring any of the established and new gardens in Traverse City. This will be a great opportunity for meeting and greeting neighborhood and community gardeners.
More about the Urban Farming Collective, a project of Little Artshram: Do you currently have a Community Garden in Traverse City, or, would you like to begin one in your neighborhood? Are you a chicken farmer, a bee-keeper, a front or back yard gardener, a seed-saver, a soil-manager? Join us and help grow the TC urban farming and gardening movement!
The UFC has worked to create a Traverse City based network to meet the growing needs and interest in urban farming and the building of a local food system, while encouraging a lower energy lifestyle. Join the first of our CU Spring Series gatherings as we welcome the UFC and a growing group of wonderful folks, and contribute your good ideas to create a citizen-based, local food system for all.
The UFC is collectively organized, offering information about potential and new Community Garden sites, workshops, programs and events, as we continue to deepen our permaculture roots, socializing in our yards and neighborhood gardens, eating good food and encouraging a local economy!
To sign up on our waiting list for a community garden plot or to find out about more Traverse City gardens growing, contact us at: