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EARTH DAY PARADE PLANNING MEETING for 23rd Annual 2012 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade: Monday, March 19th @ 5:00 pm @ Horizon Bookstore, lower level in Traverse City….



This year’s parade theme: “The Great Lakes: Our Living Water”

We members of the human species to show up and be “Earth Day Parade counted” to help make this 2012 annual community celebration the BEST one yet!

Invite your friends, families, and whole neighborhoods!  Let’s fill the streets, on our feets, (or bicycles)!

WHO MIGHT ATTEND & FIND OUT HOW THEY MAY BENEFIT & CONTRIBUTE to this years’ Earth Day Celebration: classroom teachers and school administrators/board members, members of the DDA/DTCA, construction workers and builders, tinkerers and cobblers, farmers and gardeners, musicians, dancers, NMEAC members, garbage art and recycled artists, TC City government employees, folks who run food pantrys and homeless shelters, Great Lakes Bioneers, folks involved in other awesome, environmental organizations like SCRAP and BARC, other business, restaurant and coffee shop owners, College students and faculty (Parade building 101 may be a credited course!)….
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Contact: 


info@littleartshram.org


www.littleartshram.org


231-510-3491

ALSO, Please share this general Earth Day Parade news on your FB page and to your email lists. gracias…………..

JOIN IN on the fun! Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, Saturday April 28th….

This year’s parade theme is “The Great Lakes: our Living Water”, focusing on all the species that live in our Great Lakes watershed.

We are putting out the call for a puppet repair and BIG puppet building design crew, as well as musicians, puppeteers and folks who wish to be a part of the Parade building workshops to begin the week of April 1st for children, youth and families to get involved in creating masks, costumes and BIG puppets. Stay tuned for our annual Eday Parade Kick-off event to gather the energy, green-backs, Bay Bucks and good ole’ sweat equity to cover the costs of creating this beloved community gathering.

Join Little Artshram and become a sponsor of this community wide event!

For more information and to receive updates contact us:

info@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

231-510-3491

Planning meeting for the GT Earth Day Parade, Monday, March 19th…LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 


EVERYONE interested in urban farming, gardening and learning the ways of growing our own food in our back or front yards, are invited to the next  Traverse City Urban Farming Collective (UFC) meeting and POTLUCK on, Saturday April 14th, 6-8 pm @ the home of Samantha, Chris and family, at 707 Division St., Traverse City. If driving, park along 10th St. For additional directions contact, 231-499-8188.

THANKS to Continual University and Little Artshram for hosting our March UFC event, and once again to Chris Bedford and Diana Jancek for their film and sharing of their life-long work. gracias.

Meeting notes for the past two UFC gatherings are below:

UFC meeting notes, March 10, 2012:
Urban Farming Collective gathered last night in Traverse City at Cogs Creek Studio in Tribalive’s lovely orange room.

After being graced with welcoming music by Nellie Eve, the film “Getting Real about Food and the Future” by Chris Bedford and Diana Jancek was shown, followed by group introductions and discussion.  The film can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/23259917

The purpose of the UFC, is 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. We are growing a group of wonderful folks, contributing 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!

A quick logo for the UFC was inspired by our KALE conversations, and, a project team is already underway for a Community Greenhouse in one or more Traverse City neighborhoods!

Folks are invited to join this on-line group, to stay in touch in the virtual world:    http://hyperlocavore.ning.com/group/traversecitymi
UFC meeting notes from February 27, 2012 can be found at this link:
http://fatpie-okart.blogspot.com/2012/02/really-ok-news-for-traverse-city-good.html

Urban Farming Collective off to a Kale of a Good Start!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

The Urban Farming Collective (UFC), a project of Little Artshram, is creating 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!

If you know of individuals, organizations or groups that address food security in Traverse City, through sharing, gleaning, community gardens, and more, please send the link to:     info@littleartshram.org

OR….join us and share information in person:

“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/Tribalive, 124 N. Maple St.,  Traverse City, Michigan

It makes sense to have food at this event, so 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!

CONTACT:  info@littleartshram.org  or 231-510-3491

Food Security planning with Traverse City’s Urban Farming Collective (a project of Little Artshram)LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Please share this news…………..

JOIN IN on the fun!  Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, Saturday April 28th….

This year’s parade theme is “The Great Lakes: our Living Water”, focusing on all the species that live in our Great Lakes watershed.

We are putting out the call for a puppet repair and BIG puppet building design crew, as well as musicians, puppeteers and folks who wish to be a part of this year’s event.

Parade building workshops to begin the week of April 1st for children, youth and families to get involved in creating masks, costumes and BIG puppets.

Stay tuned for our annual Eday Parade Kick-off event to gather the energy, green-backs, Bay Bucks and good ole’ sweat equity to cover the costs of creating this beloved community gathering.

We invite folks and organizations to join us Parade Sponsors for this 23rd Annual community event.  Contact:  penny@littleartshram.org

For more information and to receive updates contact us:

info@littleartshram.org
www.littleartshram.org
231-510-3491

23rd Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, April 28thLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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:

tccommunitygardens@gmail.com

Community and Neighborhood Gardening News….from Little Artshram and the Urban Farming CollectiveLittleArtshram.org