Why is Little Artshram at the Historic Barns Park Community Gardens in Traverse City?

To share information and offer Permaculture education through workshops and GARDEN FARMING projects.

To encourage and redesign and rebuild a resilient, local food system in Traverse City.

Here is our latest offering, with local sponsors and friends like Horizon Books to the  community:

August 24th through August 27th, permaculture author and teachers, Peter Bane  and Keith D. Johnson will visit Traverse City, offering a 2-day intensive on Permaculture and sharing Peter Banes’ newly published book:  The Permaculture Handbook:  Garden Farming for Town and Country

The urban landscape has swallowed vast swaths of prime farmland across North America. Imagine how much more self-reliant our communities would be if 30 million acres of lawns were made productive again.

Permaculture is a practical way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing, and energy systems; making growing fruits, vegetables and livestock easier and more sustainable.

The Permaculture Handbook is a step-by-step, beautifully illustrated guide to creating resilient and prosperous households and neighborhoods, complemented by extensive case studies of four successful farmsteads and market gardens.

Friday, August 24th, @ the Peace Patch Garden site, 7th and Oak St,  “A Garden Party” with Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson, good food and special music, 6-8 pm, This is a Welcome to TC Fundraiser to support Peter and Keith’s visit, please help us spread the word…..We ask for suggested donation, $20 per person

Saturday, Aug. 25th and Sunday Aug 26th, O’k CSA Studio, 514 Second St. In the Alley, and our garden-farm sites, 2-day Intensive: Our Needs: Local & Global Resources, Garden Farming and a vision of Renaissance Farm (Saturday focus);   AND Homesteading skills and off-grid technologies in Urban Garden Farms, with Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson, Pre-Register in advance by contacting: penny.ok.art@gmail.com 2-day fee:  $350.00 (some work exchange available)

Monday, August 27th, 6 PM Book signing @ Horizon Bookstore, author Peter Bane, “The Permaculture Handbook, Garden Farming for Town and Country”.

Presented by O’k CSA, supported by Little Artshram and friends

Sponsorship opportunities available, and registration for 2-Day Intensive
open until August 19th.

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

Permaculture, Community Gardening, and Garden Farming in Traverse CityLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Why does Little Artshram, use a “wild or tame” garden as a place to be and why have we helped the community garden at the old State Hospital in Traverse City get the help it needs to thrive, grow, and become a community owned green space? 

The answer is ROBUST and so we’ll answer it in the little bits that have emerged in the nine years we’ve been in relationship with what was once a fully functioning farm. We’ll begin this series of responses to this question, with this photo of group of children who gardened in our Urban Art-Farm Summer Camp plot #12 in 2004…..

“To learn where food comes from, and how to grow it.”

In our first year, along with tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers, we grew a new and interesting crop of Black Kabouli Garbanzo Beans. We also began the practice of ammending the soil, by planting a cover crop of buckwheat in our plot.

In the heat of the Summer, we celebrate our garden time…LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

The next Little Artshram Summer Camp is just a few days away…..July 9-13th….and we still have three spaces for children and youth, 5 years and older….

We meet each morning at the green space just across from Higher Grounds on Red Drive in the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City Michigan

We tend to and keep the connection between people with nature – remembering our collective heritage, submerging ourselves in an experiential, woods wandering, outdoor “classroom”, creating a beautiful thriving future, rooted in community and fun!

More information on “What we do in our Summer Camps” can be found at this link: http://www.littleartshram.org/littleablog/?p=783

REGISTRATION:

summercamp@littleartshram.org

231-510-3491

A week of Summer Campin’….July 9th-13th in Traverse CityLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

This is our 8th year in the Grand Traverse area, presenting a Summer Camp program and the 19th year of programming for Little Artshram The Summer Camps will be held in a new location in our beloved Munson Woods, with Higher Grounds Trading Co. hosting us at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, Michigan….with our “wild garden and outdoor classroom” connected to over a hundred-acres hard-wood forest to explore!

We are happy to share the curriculum and schedule outline with you.  Each day we do our best to stick to the “plan”, but also allow for the “it depends” rule to apply to what emerges each day.

The basic intention of our summer camp is to be outdoors ALL day focusing on the following activities: To observe and mimic nature or learn nature’s language(s), including herbalism, and earth skills. Our camps are a creative, outdoor experience focused on discovering the intelligence of nature at work, care-taking the Earth and giving something back, with an emphasis on natural art, cooperative games and hands-on activities.

We have 5 areas, or themes that we rotate activities, games and discussions around throughout the week(s): FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, COMMUNITY and OBSERVATION

The main objectives of our Summer Camp curriculum are similar to those that are applied to adult teachings of permaculture, although tweaked and developmentally appropriate for children and the “wild gardens and woods” that we are spending time in. And, they are:

1. To introduce students to fundamentals for sustainability.
2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positivism.
3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design.
4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources.
5. To study homesteading skills and off-grid technologies.

The daily schedule, Monday through Thursday, with a few variables:
8:45-9:00  Campers arrive, sign in, play a big game
9:25-9:55  Gather as a group, meet/greet, story at the Village/HG green space or woods classroom(behind HG)
10:00- 11:00  “Wild” garden time, and/or “wild”craft/art time, either in one big group or in groups
11:00- 12:30  Get into groups, head into woods for curriculum/theme bits, and lunch
12:30-2:30  Finish lunch, wander and play learning as we go.
2:30  Meet back up @ HG green space, and play big group game
2:50  Camp Story of day, Take home permaculture principal challenge and sign out.

The Friday schedule will look something like this:
10:45-11:00 Campers and at least one parent or adult helper (families are invited)
11:00-11:30  Gather as a group, meet/greet, play a big game
11:30-12:30 Hike into woods, to one of our “wild” gardens/classroom sites, share Camp Story of the Week
12:30-1:00  Meet back up @ HG green space, play a closing group game, say so-long until we meet again.

You’re invited, to join us and find out more about the Summer Camps, with  a fun evening at a Summer Kick-off & Open House on Friday, June 22nd, 400-5:3:0 pm@ the green space just across from Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, on Red Drive in the Village of Grand Traverse Commons.

Summer Camp Schedule, three weeks to choose:
June 25-29th,
July 9-13th,
Aug. 13-17th

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

What we do in our Little Artshram Summer Camps…LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

We’ve been kindly invited to hold our Special Summer Kick-off  & Open House, Friday, June 22nd, 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the green space, across from Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons (rather than on the Barns Property)….PLEASE JOIN US!

Permaculture Summer Camps for children and youth…registration open! What is permaculture? We’ll provide two very easy definitions, one for the adults that may be reading this, and another for children.  Here’s the adult definition, shared by Claudia Joseph: “Permaculture is more than just good gardening. It is a life long approach to analysis, action and social structures that results in better relationships, more functional systems and a clearer understanding of everything necessary for human communities to thrive.”

For younger folks: Permaculture is an introduction to observing and mimicking nature or learning nature’s language(s), including herbalism, and earth skills. Our camps are a creative, outdoor experience focused on discovering the intelligence of nature at work, care-taking the Earth and giving something back, with an emphasis on natural art, cooperative games and hands-on activities.

Please plan to join us for a fun evening for a Summer Kick-off Party & Open House on Friday, June 22nd, 400-5:3:0 pm@ the green space just across from Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, on Red Drive in the Village of Grand Traverse Commons.

The Summer Camps will be held in a new location in our beloved Munson Woods, with Higher Grounds Trading Co. hosting us at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, with over a hundred-acres hard-wood forest to explore! We will be meeting outside of Higher Grounds Coffee Roastery each morning, Monday through Thursday to begin our daylong adventures in the woods. Friday is a special Family Day which begins @ 11:00 am and ends @ 1:00 pm, with a special picnic lunch held at the Little Artshram teaching gardens@ Barns Park.

Children and youth 5 and older, each camp meets M-Th, from 9 am to 3 pm, with Friday being a shorter, Family Day and picnic-lunch @ the community gardens. The Summer camps will be led by Penny Krebiehl and Marian Methner, with up to two, trained assistants, for each group of 24 children.

FEE:  $130.00/wk

Open House June 22nd (FREE),
Week 1: June 25th–29th,
Week 2: July 9th-13th
Week 3: August 13-17

We are unable to offer scholarships this year. We accept cash and checks, made payable to Little Artshram.

Thank you for choosing to spend the summer with us & for contacting us directly fora registration and medical release form!

(For TCAPS students, this is not a TCAPS sponsored program…BUT  we welcome you to our program!)

CONTACT US TO REGISTER:
info@littleartshram.org

231-510-3491
www.littleartshram.org

 

Summer Gathering Part 2: SUMMER CAMP Open House, Friday June 22nd, 4-5:30 pm…LittleArtshram.org