The heart of “our place” and the creative impulse to consider a home of our own, begins with educational programming and projects that place children and youth in an outdoor setting where they can explore and wander in the woods, wade in a nearby creek, learn herbal and wild-crafting skills, grow food and tend plants in neighborhood and community gardens, experience art, puppetry, music-making and more!
Some of our “places” include the downtown streets of Traverse City, and Hannah Park where we hold the annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade each year.
For the past seven years, Little Artshram was located in the heart of the Historic Barns Park within the Grand Traverse Commons, just west of downtown Traverse City. This historical farm site produced the majority of the food for the patients at the Old State Mental Hospital, and once again, through the efforts of our mending, tending and leadership at the community gardens, it has become a site dedicated to local food production. This time around, we are committed to regenerative horticultural practices to ensure a healthy, productive future for this beautiful community-owned land.
We continue to offer our permaculture Summer Camp in the hundred acres of the Munson Woods. Last year Higher Grounds Coffee Trading Company hosted our camp program and one of our “places” to explore became the “North Munson Woods”. Since 2011, we have partnered with the Traverse City Film Festival, for which we are grateful that they have brilliantly included a Kids Fest in their summer doings. We’re thrilled to be a part of it, and the TCFF has become one of our “places” to be, for several weeks of production and performance work, as we create original, musical puppet storytelling theater.
Another “place” we can call our own connects to the shared permaculture education and workshop opportunities for adults and older youth that we’ve been offering since 2005 in the Traverse City area. Permaculture principals, ethics and ecological design are embedded in all of the experiences and places that Little Artshram “lives”.
In the spring of 2011, 28 students were certified in the first-ever Traverse City/ North West Michigan Permaculture Design Course creating a site plan and design for the old farm, welcoming Toby Hemenway as our special guest instructore.
In the Summer of 2012, six more permaculture students, some of which also participated in the debut of the O’k CSA LLOOF project, completed an Urban Permaculture Design Training, with two guest instructors: Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson.