On approximately one acre of Little Artshram’s garden-farm allotment at the Historic Barns Park, we are propagating plants for a forest garden, accepting donations of native fruit and nut trees, AND, while completing the Forest Garden and 7 Sisters Garden design in our upcoming Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design training, we are also growing annual and perennial vegetables for the Market Garden and O’k CSA…

“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.” ~ C. Joseph

The Intro to Urban Permaculture Design is a 5 day intensive exploration of permaculture, meeting once a month in June and July, and three times in August. The Intro to UPD certificate verifies that you participated in a permaculture training course. Ten additional hours of field practice are required to earn the certificate.

Urban Permaculture is not only possible, but has been successful in a variety of municipalities in the U.S. and world. Why not here in North West Michigan, as we are one of THE most beautiful places in the United States of America, focusing on useful landscapes in public places. From Traverse City to Detroit oridinary and creative folks are re-thinking systems with the buzz-word of “urban renewal” being “tweaked” by permaculturists, addressing food security and the practicality of growing food inside or close to the city where it will be consumed.

Many of our schools are adjacent to City, State parks, or along the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore where even as little as five thousand square feet of land allocated to permaculture could yield year round produce and instruction opportunities to our children. The City could offer property tax incentives to associations that implement urban permaculture. With our abundant, fresh water lakes, and nutrient rich soils permaculture can be a reality here to the benefit of our environment, economic and consumable needs, cultural enrichment and the next generation.

The 2012 Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design training, will include special guest instructors:
Peter Bane, editor of the Permaculture Activist,
and author of The Permaculture Handbook: For Town and Country info on ordering here: http://permaculturehandbook.com/

Keith D Johnson is an experienced permaculture site designer and teacher. He has been providing consulting advice and design since 1979. He has developed an intimate knowledge of various regional landscapes, botany, soils, earthworks, natural building and other skills. With a wealth of experience in temperate climate permaculture systems he offers a range of consulting services to regional and distant clients.

Objectives:
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 LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) crew, will be attending the Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design training through a work exchange with the Market Garden and O'k CSA.

Here are FIVE ways to participate in the Traverse City Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design training, one weekend a month this summer, with 40 hours of training towards permaculture certification…

1. WORK EXCHANGE: Become a LLOOFer, and help grow food on four urban garden-farm sites for the Market Garden and O’k CSA, hours available May-Sept., and get a 40 hour Urban Permaculture training and CSA share in exchange…

2. TAKE A BREAK: Register for the training by June 6th and receive a %10 discount, rather than $650.00, you would pay $585.00.

3. DO WHAT YOU CAN: Register individually for the sessions on June 23, July 14th, August 11th @ $150 each, OR, for Peter Bane and Keith Johnson weekend, August 25 and 26th for $350.00.
(Individual session or weekend hours not applicable towards permaculture certification.)

4. BE THE CHANGE: Take the entire training course at the asked for fee, and join thousands of others, including those pictured here, who have encountered a life-changing experience, working towards the good of caring for the planet, all species–all people, and giving something back.

5.  SPONSOR THIS TRAINING AND HELP GROW PERMACULTURE EDUCATION:  We have several, willing, able and enthusiastic folks who need financial support to take this training, and can only provide a certain amount of LLOOFing positions.  If you are able to gift another with a valuable permaculture experience, please consider a donation.  Little Artshram is a tax-deductable 501.C3 non-profit, registered in the State of Michigan.

Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design held at O’k CSA Studio, in the Alley, 510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, MI with hands-on projects at four various urban permaculture sites being developed.

Description:
A 5-day intensive exploration of permaculture. The Intro to UPD verifies that you participated in a permaculture training course. Ten additional hours of field practice are required to earn the certificate. Objectives: To introduce folks to fundamentals of sustainability; To teach cooperative dynamics and positivism: To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design; To relate our needs to our local and global resources; To study homesteading and off-grid technologies.

Instructors: Penny Krebiehl, Guest instructors: Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson, along with local teachers tba.

Registration closes on June 15th.

Contact, Penny Krebiehl
penny.ok.art@gmail.com
231-922-2014

This permaculture training and an upcoming permaculture design course, in 2013, supported by Little Artshram.

For updates check back here, www.littleartshram.org

 

 

Little Artshram is Pushing Ahead and Propagating PermacultureLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

We have a WONDERFUL Summer Camp experience planned!  Please join us and share the news….

Permaculture Summer Camps for children and youth…registration open! ……with a Special Summer Kick-off  & Open House, Friday, June 22nd, 4-5:30 pm !

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.

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!

The 2012 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, 9 am to 3 pm 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 family friendly picnic lunch held at the Little Artshram teaching gardens@ Barns Park.

Our camps are for 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, from 11-1pm.

The 2012 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)
June 25th–29th,
July 9th-13th,
and August 13-17,

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

Thank you for choosing to spend part of the summer with us! We intend to have BIG fun!

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

Contact us for details and to register:
info@littleartshram.org
231-510-3491
www.littleartshram.org

Little Artshram Summer Camp with a Kick-off Party and Open House!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

“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.” ~C. Joseph

The Intro to Urban Permaculture Design is a 5 day intensive exploration of permaculture, meeting once a month in June and July, and three times in August. The Intro to UPD certificate verifies that you participated in a permaculture training course. Ten additional hours of field practice are required to earn the certificate.

Urban Permaculture is not only possible, but has been successful in a variety of municipalities in the U.S. and world. Why not here in North West Michigan, as we are one of THE most beautiful places in the United States of America, focusing on useful landscapes in public places. From Traverse City to Detroit oridinary and creative folks are re-thinking systems with the buzz-word of “urban renewal” being “tweaked” by permaculturists, addressing food security and the practicality of growing food inside or close to the city where it will be consumed.

Many of our schools are adjacent to City, State parks, or along the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore where even as little as five thousand square feet of land allocated to permaculture could yield year round produce and instruction opportunities to our children. The City could offer property tax incentives to associations that implement urban permaculture. With our abundant, fresh water lakes, and nutrient rich soils permaculture can be a reality here to the benefit of our environment, economic and consumable needs, cultural enrichment and the next generation.

With special guest instructors:
Peter Bane, editor of the Permaculture Activist,
and author of The Permaculture Handbook: For Town and Country info on ordering here: http://permaculturehandbook.com/

Keith D Johnson is co-editor of the Permaculture Activist, and a longtime permaculture teacher participating as a lead instructor in the recent Urban Permaculture courses in Detroit.

Objectives:
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.

Here are four ways to participate in the Traverse City Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design training, one weekend a month this summer, with 40 hours of training towards permaculture certification…

1. WORK EXCHANGE: Become a LLOOFer, and help grow food on four urban garden-farm sites for the Market Garden and O’k CSA, hours available May-Sept., and get a 40 hour Urban Permaculture training and CSA share in exchange…

2. TAKE A BREAK: Register for the training by June 6th and receive a %10 discount, rather than $650.00, you would pay $585.00.

3. DO WHAT YOU CAN: Register individually for the sessions on June 23, July 14th, August 11th @ $150 each, OR, for Peter Bane and Keith Johnson weekend, August 25 and 26th for $350.00.
(Individual session or weekend hours not applicable towards permaculture certification.)

4. BE THE CHANGE: Take the entire training course at the asked for fee, and join thousands of others, including those pictured here, who have encountered a life-changing experience, working towards the good of caring for the planet, all species–all people, and giving something back.

Intro. to Urban Permaculture Design held at O’k CSA Studio, in the Alley, 510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, MI with hands-on projects at four various urban permaculture sites being developed.

Description:
A 5-day intensive exploration of permaculture. The Intro to UPD verifies that you participated in a permaculture training course. Ten additional hours of field practice are required to earn the certificate. Objectives: To introduce folks to fundamentals of sustainability; To teach cooperative dynamics and positivism: To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design; To relate our needs to our local and global resources; To study homesteading and off-grid technologies.

Instructors: Penny Krebiehl, Guest instructors: Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson, along with local teachers tba.

Registration closes on June 15th.

Contact, Penny Krebiehl
penny.ok.art@gmail.com
231-922-2014

This permaculture training and an upcoming permaculture design course, in 2013, supported by Little Artshram.
Updates at: www.littleartshram.org

Urban Permaculture training in Beautiful Northern Michigan, June-AugustLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Do what you can to keep a longtime, small non-profit in our community!  Our 19+ year-old non-profit organization needs your support.  Little Artshram is working to regain it’s little square-foot of awesomeness this summer supporting and offering programs like this:
Share the news:  We’re Taking Shares!  We invite you to become either a Sponsor or Share-holder of our 2012 Market Garden & O’k CSA! Youth 16 years and older, work “green-collar” jobs as LLOOFers (Learning Local on Organic Farms) with O’k CSA,  growing food at the community garden and four urban garden farms in Traverse City.    

This year, we are offering Full and Half-size shares of fresh vegetables, herbs and flower bouquets, as well as sponsorships, beginning June 29th, through the season (We predict 12 full weeks) with pick-up on Friday’s at the O’k Market at our Peace Patch garden farm site on the corner of 7th and Oak St., Traverse City.

Our Market Garden CSA goals:
~To create green collar jobs, through the LLOOF program, working with and eating REAL, fresh, local, food.
~To learn and apply permaculture and perennial growing practices in our garden.
~To help our business grow and continue successfully into 2013 and beyond.
~To assist and inspire growing more garden farms in the TC area.
~And, to provide good food for good people!
About the Market Garden, CSA and LLOOF Program                                                    This program is based on the concept of CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. On a CSA farm, buyers invest up front in a full season of vegetables. The commitment of the sponsors and shareholders to the farmer stabilizes the farmer’s income, assures subscribers of fresh, healthy, local produce, and distributes agricultural rewards and risks fairly within the community.  This popular economic model establishes a practical and mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and subscribers, building a strong community as a result.

The LLOOF program (Learning Local on Organic Farms) has four main areas of experiential learning:

Education. Youth, 16 years through adults will participate in securing commitment of sponsors and shareholders, receive hands-on training in basic intensive urban gardening and permaculture techniques, including soil preparation and conditioning, seedling cultivation, use of nutrients and organic fertilizers, composting, irrigation and water collection, pest and weed education, harvesting and preparing and marketing food for sale. Some of the Gardening and recycling methods, that will be initiated this year, and are common to permaculture include edible landscaping, keyhole gardening, companion planting, trellising, sheet mulching, chicken tractors, solar greenhouses, spiral herb gardens, swales, and vermi-composting.

Production and Profitability.  More than just a teaching garden, the garden farm sites are cultivated by O’k CSA and LLOOF participants and will be designed for production and profitability, hence demonstrating the viability of “green collar” jobs in small-scale agriculture. And we will eat from our garden, tasting and understanding what we are growing!

Mentorship.  Participants will be mentored in gardening and permaculture practices and further develop those skills as they work alongside younger students in special field trips by the Summer Camp program.

Sustainability.  O’k CSA and LOOFers will work together to design this year’s program to feed into and support next year’s market garden through record-keeping, and, develop a sustainable business plan, with ample startup funds. The LLOOF crew will work with O’k CSA, understanding the organizational structure and framework that Little Artshram provides as the non-profit sponsor.  All LLOOFers will be participating in a special work-exchange Intro. to Urban Permaculture training, June through August 2012.

To learn more about the Urban Farm Project, or, to become a share-holder or sponsor of the Market Garden and O’k CSA program, sponsored by Little Artshram, contact us for a brochure:

231-510-3491
penny@littleartshram.org

SHARING: The Growing of Food in an Urban Farm Project in Traverse CityLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Permaculture is a dual combination of the words permanent and agriculture as well as permanent and culture.

This Summer O’k CSA, is partnering with Little Artshram and offering a series of weekend trainings, focusing on Urban Permaculture Design. Longtime teachers and permaculturists, Peter Bane and Keith Johnson will be joining the Introduction to Urban Permaculture team, as instructors in August.  Peter Bane has recently authored The Permaculture Handbook for Town and Country, which is being used as part of the text for the course.

The following videos demonstrate that Urban Permaculture is not only possible, but that it has been successful in a variety of municipalities in the U.S. and world. Why not here in North West Michigan, as we are one of THE most beautiful places in the United States of America, focusing on useful landscapes in public places. From Traverse City to Detroit oridinary and creative folks are re-thinking systems with the buzz-word of “urban renewal” being “tweaked” by permaculturists, addressing food security and the practicality of growing food inside or close to the city where it will be consumed.

Many of our schools are adjacent to City, State parks, or along the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore where even as little as five thousand square feet of land allocated to permaculture could yield year round produce and instruction opportunities to our children. The City could offer property tax incentives to associations that implement urban permaculture. With our abundant, fresh water lakes, and nutrient rich soils permaculture can be a reality here to the benefit of our environment, economic and consumable needs, cultural enrichment and the next generation.

Parts 1-4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpyocn1Vc5U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCyDN9nAnVQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmW4nIgjkb4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYhCtpJY1NI

Find out about the Traverse City Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design, a 40 hour training course (30 hours classroom, 10 hours of field practice) in beautiful North West Michigan. June 23, July 14, August ll, 25, 26, 9am-4pm.

penny.ok.art@gmail.com

231-922-2014

www.littleartshram.org

Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design, this Summer in Traverse City, MichiganLittleArtshram.org