Heard of WWOOF? Well, hereʼs an opportunity to get a whiff of an exciting new opportunity to LLOOF!
What is LLOOFing? LLOOFing is: Learning Local on Organic Farms. LLOOF is organizational framework creating an educational and cultural exchange in our home-towns. And, it is debuting in Traverse City. The LLOOF project is an exciting new opportunity taking place this summer, for 16 year olds through adult aged-folks, to take part in a local, urban farming project.
What is the origin and inspiration of LLOOF?
LLOOF is inspired by the principle of exchange, and in particular by WWOOF which is a worldwide network of organizations connecting individuals with the desire to gain a first-hand experience of organic farming to hosts willing to share insights into sustainable ways of living.
Founded in England in 1971, the early organization was the initiative of Sue Coppard, a London secretary who recognized the need for city-dwellers to get away from their desks and the demand for a more practical understanding of organic farming. Originally called ʻWorking Weekends on Organic Farmsʼ, large numbers immediately responded to the concept of skills trade.
The name was later changed to ʻWilling Workers on Organic Farmsʼ, in recognition of the demand for longer stays; and more recently, to ʻWorldwide Opportunities on Organic Farmsʼ, which acknowledges the international nature of the organization as WWOOF has gradually been adopted by countries world- over, in climates as diverse as Scotland and Sierra Leone.
The difference between LLOOFing and WWOOFing is bringing the focus of experience back to “zone 0”, or to re-wire some of the broken down systems in our home-places before trekking out across the beautiful planet. We still encourage learning and experiencing world-wide adventures, but, most of us return home, and wish for it to be welcome return. LLOOFing is focused on LEARNING and applying what we learn to local exchange, right where our roots are, and where we come from.
LLOOF will begin offering exchange opportunities with the 2012 Market Garden and Oʼk CSA program. In this first-time exchange program, volunteers willing to work an agreed number of hours (Generally, five-four hour days…work hours for newly skilled workers are valued @ $9 per hour…. five days a week).
Although LLOOFers do not have housing provided for them, in exchange for their work hours they will receive:
1.) A 5 week Introduction to Urban Permaculture training, valued at $650.00, with an opportunity to continue in a full Permaculture Design Course in 2013, at a discounted rate. (See more info below)
2.) A full share in the Market Garden and CSA, valued at $350.00, which includes fresh veggies, herbs, and flowers.
3.) An opportunity to take produce, flowers and herbs grown in our urban garden farms to a weekly market for sale (after costs).
4.) A friendly and welcome invitation into the urban garden farming community in the Traverse City region, with wonderful opportunities to meet like-minded and brilliantly ordinary people who are making great change in their lives and with the benefit of growing their own good food.
ABOUT The Urban Permaculture Design training: The Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design is a prerequisite to earning a Permaculture Design Certificate through Little Artshram www.littleartshram.org.
To earn a PDC requires no less than 72 hours of class time plus a group design project, field practice and a final test. (See attached brochure on the Intro to UPD)
After the 2012 growing season, and pilot of LLOOF with a Market Garden and CSA program in Traverse City, our vision is to expand and offer LLOOF throughout Michigan, dividing into regions. Each regionʼs organization will exist independently within the LLOOF network and charge a low annual membership fee from LLOOFers in exchange for host contact details, from which LLOOFers can organize their stay directly.
LLOOF is founded by Penny Krebiehl, who continues to develop art and permaculture projects and programs for children, youth and families in Michigan, recognizing the continued need for city and town-folks to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of practicing urban gardening, farming. LLOOF is also a means by which to share permaculture education directly linking to developing food security plans, as we learn to live a lower energy lifestyle.
CONTACT: Penny Krebiehl
Updates on the LLOOF program and Urban Farm Project will be posted weekly, here at: