Learning the ways of Forest Gardening and Soil Fertility….October 18th, 6-7:30 pm, @ O’k Studio in the Alley, 514 Second St., Traverse City, Michigan

As we continue to learn the magnificent ways of garden farming we work to become natural farmers! Through natural gardening and farming we have an opportunity to learn SO very much from the teacher that is our Northern Michigan temperate climate forests.

What is a Forest Garden? Gardening like the forest, is not gardening in a forest—but gardening like a forest.  In this way we are of the mind and practice to take a lawn and turn it into a forest ecosystem—and have great fun becoming ecologists as we do.

Planting a forest garden means becoming a forest mimic. The forest as design metaphor, shows us how to create a consciously designed ecosystem with perennial guilds and polycultures of multipurpose plants, patched together to make our “forest garden mimic”.  The plants, trees and shrubs in a forest garden, have a 3 – 3,000+ year life spans, with a diversity of MANY species in each patch.

Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts.

This presentation will both highlight edible forest garden project designs that have been on the drawing board and now in the beginning stages of implementation in Traverse City at three garden-farm sites and also at the REALeyes project site near Cedar Lake;

AND share an enthusiastic sharing of Levi Meeuwenberg from the REALeyes project’s:   “… pretty mind-exploding Edible Forest Garden Design course by Dave Jacke in Tennessee at “The Farm” that went way beyond just landscape design…. downloading as much as he can of what he learned those 10 days!”

How do we encourage edible ecosystems to emerge?

Come and join in to find out!

This presentation will be followed up with a continued learning opportunity through a Gardening Like a Forest Series, this winter. The series will focus on Step-by-Step training in ecological design and planning in the ways in which a forest garden can embody emergent system properties….HOW to see them and HOW to create them….This will be a combination of lecture/discussion and hands-on study, utilizing four urban/suburban garden-farm and forest garden sites. Schedule of bi-weekly series with work parties beginning in November 2012–through March 2013.

MEET AT: O’k Studio, 514 Second St. in the Alley, Traverse City, MI 49684 Parking behind the Chiropractor’s and also on Randolph St. in front of Salon Verve.

Contact: Penny 231-922-2014

 

Gardening Like a Forest…Edible Ecosystem presentation: Oct. 18thLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

October 11th, (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm – “Worm Culture, Manure and Compost”, meet at DIGs Garden, 510 Second St., Traverse City, MI 49684

SPECIAL DEAL for those in attendance and who RSVP an indoor & O’k Worm Bin for $15.00….Red Wigglers included! RSVP: Penny 231-922-2014

Learn along with us!

We are sharing permaculture skills and techniques through short lectures and info-sharing, presentations, as well as, hands-on opportunities focused on feeding our soil and the processes of building fertility.

Through practical steps you can participate alongside of a dynamic group of folks learning the ways of:

~Setting up urban/suburban composting systems, both outdoors and indoors
~Identifying on-site resources in your backyard, nearby woodlot, urban neighborhoods or along alleyways;
~How-to become a worm-farmer and contribute to the underground economy;
~What “NO-WASTE” really means;
~Basic permaculture design principles and skills as applied to creating perennial and annual food producing forest gardens
~and, How-to more deeply understand the cycles of growth from two levels of observation—both with the aid of science and technical know-how, and also from your basic human senses and practical experience.

October 11th, (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm – “Worm Culture, Manure and Compost”, meet at DIGs Garden, 510 Second St., Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Penny 231-922-2014

We hope you will devote a bit of your time, this glorious fall season to becoming a well informed garden farmer and fertility specialist!

The Fall Garden Farming workshops are FREE! with a suggested donation of $10 to cover costs of workshop handouts, announcements and minimal organizational fees.

THANK YOU, for helping to keep permaculture educational events happening in the Traverse City area.

RSVP: penny.ok.art@gmail.com

231-922-2014

Oct. 11th, Garden Farming with Worms, of course…LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

THIS SATURDAY, Join us on a Traverse City/NW Michigan Permaculture design adventure through the REALeyes project just outside of TC, near Cedar Lake…

Sept. 29th (Saturday) 2 pm – Building Swales with Woodchips for Food Forest and Garden – Work Party @ REALeyes project site : 9775 E. Cherry Bend Rd. Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Levi @ 231-499-2658

Info sharing to read, learn, do…..

A Miracle of Mulch: From Rocky Mountains to Rich Soil by Jerome Osentowski; http://permacultureactivist.net/articles/Rocky%20Mtn%20Worm%20Farm%2076.pdf

Why dig swales?  To direct water across our forest garden site, and slow it’s determined flow down a bit…..more here:
How to Dig Swales:  http://www.wikihow.com/Dig-Swales

Next up in the Fall Garden Farming Series:

October 11th, (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm – “Worm Culture, Manure and Compost”, meet at DIGs Garden, 510 Second St., Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Penny 231-922-2014

The Fall Garden-Farming Series, is both an information sharing AND hands-on learning experience, contributing to the community wide efforts of an Urban Farming Collective in Traverse City, Michigan. We are a group or “guild” of learners and growers and invite folks to consider joining us, or to add on and begin their own guild of growers.

Join in on workshop and work parties, at garden-farms in Traverse City, in the Central, Bohemia and Slabtown neighborhoods, AND, as we begin an exciting, new permaculture homestead–the REALeyes site project near Cedar Lake.

In this 3 month series, you will learn permaculture skills and techniques through short lectures and info-sharing, presentations, as well as, hands-on opportunities focused on feeding our soil and the processes of building fertility. Through practical steps you can participate alongside of a dynamic group of folks learning the ways of:

~Setting up urban/suburban composting systems, both outdoors and indoors
~Identifying on-site resources in your backyard, nearby woodlot, urban neighborhoods or along alleyways;
~How-to become a worm-farmer and contribute to the underground economy;
~What “NO-WASTE” really means;
~Basic permaculture design principles and skills as applied to creating perennial and annual food producing forest gardens
~and, How-to more deeply understand the cycles of growth from two levels of observation—both with the aid of science and technical know-how, and also from your basic human senses and practical experience.

The Fall Garden Farming workshops are FREE! with a suggested donation of $10 to cover costs of workshop handouts, announcements and minimal organizational fees.

THANK YOU, for helping to keep permaculture educational events happening in the Traverse City area.

Contact:
penny.ok.art@gmail.com

Saturday Sept. 29th in Traverse City, MI: Soil Fertility with Swales and MulchLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Receiving the gift of Sheep, goat and Alpaca manure…

THIS WEEK in the FERTILITY…Fall Garden Farming Series:

Sept. 27th, (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm Soil Development, Part 2, Homestead, Backyard & Household Compost Strategies, Minerals and Mulch More Meet @ Hardy HH Sunshine garden,1116 Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Penny 231-922-2014

Sept. 29th (Saturday) 2 pm – Building Swales with Woodchips for Food Forest and Garden – Work Party @ REALeyes project site : 9775 E. Cherry Bend Rd. Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Levi @ 231-499-2658

The focus for our fall series is FERTILITY as in making the environment more fertile….we invite you will devote a bit of your time, this glorious fall season to becoming a well informed garden farmer and fertility s
pecialist!

“It is just as much an objective for this year’s crops to improve the fertility of the soil as it is for them to give us this year’s food….. Permaculture is based on the understanding that we can meet our needs and still make the environment more fertile. The most important increase we can make is to our biological resources. ” (Graham Bell)

3 MONTHS of permaculture workshops and work parties begins NOW, ending with a Dia de Los Muertos celebration on November 2nd!

The Fall Garden-Farming Series, is both an information sharing AND hands-on learning experience, contributing to the community wide efforts of an Urban Farming Collective in Traverse City, Michigan. We are a group or “guild” of learners and growers and invite folks to consider joining us, or to add on and begin their own guild of growers.

Join in on workshop and work parties, at garden-farms in Traverse City, in the Central, Bohemia and Slabtown neighborhoods, AND, as we begin an exciting, new permaculture homestead–the REALeyes site project near Cedar Lake.

In this 3 month series, you will learn permaculture skills and techniques through short lectures and info-sharing, presentations, as well as, hands-on opportunities focused on feeding our soil and the processes of building fertility. Through practical steps you can participate alongside of a dynamic group of folks learning the ways of:

~Setting up urban/suburban composting systems, both outdoors and indoors
~Identifying on-site resources in your backyard, nearby woodlot, urban neighborhoods or along alleyways;
~How-to become a worm-farmer and contribute to the underground economy;
~What “NO-WASTE” really means;
~Basic permaculture design principles and skills as applied to creating perennial and annual food producing forest gardens
~and, How-to more deeply understand the cycles of growth from two levels of observation—both with the aid of science and technical know-how, and also from your basic human senses and practical experience.

The Fall Garden Farming workshops are FREE! with a suggested donation of $10 to cover costs of workshop handouts, announcements and minimal organizational fees. THANK YOU, for helping to keep permaculture educational events happening in the Traverse City area.

Additional Fall Garden Farming Series Schedule:

October 11th, (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm – “Worm Culture, Manure and Compost”, meet at DIGs Garden, 510 Second St., Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Penny 231-922-2014

October 18th, (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm – “Edible Forest Garden Design Presentation”, Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. This presentation will highlight edible forest garden project designs that have been on the drawing board, and now in the beginning stages of implementation in Traverse City. At O’k Studio, 514 Second St. in the Alley, Traverse City, MI 49684 Contact: Penny 231-922-2014

November 1, (Thursday), 6-7:30 pm – Biking for Garlic “Fall Plantings: Garlic and other Perennials”, Meet @ the Peace Patch garden, corner of 7th and Oak Streets, Traverse City 30 minute introduction/demo prepping soil/beds for garlic. We’ll then bike to the Hardy HH Sunshine Garden, to do a BIG garlic planting. Contact: Penny 231-922-2014

November 2, (Friday), 7 pm – “Dia de los Muertos Celebration”, Please mark your calendars for this community event! More details coming, so stay tuned!

The Fall Garden Farming workshops are FREE! with a suggested donation of $10 to cover costs of workshop handouts, announcements and minimal organizational fees.

THANK YOU, for helping to keep permaculture educational events happening in the Traverse City area.

Photo of grateful humans shoveling and scooping, and, who know that poop is “black gold”.

CONTACT INFO:
penny.ok.art@gmail.com
231-922-2014

 

Soil Development, Part 2, Homestead, Backyard & Household Compost Strategies, Minerals and Mulch MoreLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

FERTILITY….ALL ABOUT THE GOOD EARTH…..

NEXT UP:
THURSDAY, Sept. 20th,  6-7:30 PM,
Soil Development: Part 1, True Yield, Cycles of Growth, and Compost n’ Mulch
Hardy HH Sunshine garden, 1116 Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684

THURSDAY, Sept. 27th, 6-7:30 pm
Soil Development, Part 2, Household Compost Strategies, Minerals and Mulch More
Hardy HH Sunshine garden, 1116 Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684

“It is just as much an objective for this year’s crops to improve the fertility of the soil as it is for them to give us this year’s food…..Permaculture is based on the understanding that we can meet our needs and still make the environment more fertile. The most important increase we can make is to our biological resources. ”
(Graham Bell)

The Fall Garden Farming Series is both information sharing AND hands-on learning experiences, contributing to the community wide efforts of an Urban Farming Collective in Traverse City, Michigan. We are a group or “guild” of learners and growers and invite folks to consider joining us, or to add on and begin their own guild of growers.

The Fall Garden Farming series is FREE! with a suggested donation of $10 for any of  the seed collecting kit, and/or red-wigglers, and workshop handouts, and to keep permaculture educational events happening in the Traverse City area.

This series is presented by O’k CSA and Continual University, with the support of Little Artshram and Oryana Natural Foods Cooperative and many Friends.

THANKS to our sponsors for their support!

CONTACT:penny.ok.art@gmail.com   231-922-2014

The Art of Soil-building….Fall Garden Farming SeriesLittleArtshram.org