It’s a good day to give, and a good time to celebrate…Little Artshram is 20 years old and entering into it’s “adult world and grown-up” phase of being. And we are thankful!

In the center of this photo are seed-balls—little compost-packed nuggets made by children and their teachers in one of our pivotal Summer Camp years. They represent for us, as a community-giving organization, the promise that there are MORE seeds to plant, tend, gather and distribute. How we do this happens in the form of staying steady on and flexible, through both the good times and the challenging… combining creative, solution oriented, environmental education along with a good smattering of fun!

The longtime creative and environmental educational offerings through classes, workshops, summer camps, the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, and our interest, experience and support of encouraging the growth and understanding of permaculture has connected dozens and dozens of people—and reached hundreds and hundreds of children, youth and families in Michigan.

It is a time when we very much need the support of our friends, families and community. Consider giving in the way that you feel your connection to Little Artshram (Traverse City/NW Michigan) or ARTSPACE (Lansing/Central Michigan) has benefited you–your children—your family—or the special community/place in which we connected with you.

On-line donations in any amount, can be made above near the Little Artshram Crow, via the Paypal button—or at the end of this post.

OR, your gift can be mailed directly to:

Little Artshram

P.O. Box 844

Traverse City, Michigan 49685

Preview of “giving tuesday, little artshram”

Little Artshram is celebrating 20 years of service in Michigan throughout 2015, by helping to present and sponsor two really wonderful events:  The Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and the Second Annual Michigan Permaculture Convergence, and whatever else we can accomplish given time, energy and funding.

This 20 year-old organization opened our doors in Lansing, Michigan as “Northtown Art Center”, then changed locations and rearranged our name to “Greater Lansing ARTSPACE” in the early-1990’s. When we relocated to the NW region of the lower Michigan Peninsula, in 2000, we went from “great-big-art-space” to: Little Artshram

Since 2005 we began to include some of the handy “tools” that permaculture offers through the ethics and principals of a design science, whole-system thinking process in our multi-age level programs and projects.

Our mission is focused on speaking/practicing/sharing the languages of art and design and checking out our human place in the environment, relative to all else that shares the planet with us.

Here is our official mission statement: “Little Artshram inspires and educates people of all ages to live creatively in harmony with nature, through a unique combination of permaculture principles, visual, musical and puppet artistry, service to the natural world, and inclusive social activism. Little Artshram is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.”

 

THANK YOU for your consideration, support and belief in our mission and on-going community work!

Giving thanks.LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Little Artshram and Baker’s Green Acres farm will host a free introductory lecture and potluck on Sunday, December 7th, from 5:30-8:30 pm with Dan Kitteridge of the Bio-nutrient Food Association (http://www.bionutrient.org/).  We are pleased to bring this free lecture about bionutrient food production, with an opportunity to consider and prepare for a two-day class/training later in February.

The introductory lecture and potluck will take place at Baker’s Green Acres in Marion, Michigan (directions below) and will allow those gathered to meet Dan Kitteridge, the founder of the Bionutrient Food Association, to ask questions, and gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of growing more nutrient rich foods and the ways in which we can return to growing nutrient dense food in our gardens and farms. Please RSVP the FREE Introductory lecture and potluck by contacting us at the addresses below.

Preview of “BFA Free Intro Lecture Marion_MI Sun Dec 7 14.pdf”

 

Following the introductory lecture in December, the 2-day workshop is scheduled for Feb. 21st and 22nd, also being held at Baker’s Green Acres.

In preparation of the 2-day workshop, please take a soil sample of your growing and farming spaces. The workshop is a intensive  training that will focus on principals of biological farming, identifying deficiencies, vital health in the field and care-taking crops thruthe season. Registrants will be expected to procure their own soil tests as desired, and instruction for interpreting those will be covered during the workshop. You can check out a link about soil testing here: http://bionutrient.org/soil-test

For directions to the December potluck/lecture and February workshops:

231-825-0293

bakersgreenacres@yahoo.com

www.bakersgreenacres.com

 

To REGISTER for the 2-day workshop, Feb. 21-22:

Sign-up online here:  http://www.bionutrient.org/workshops

 

For additional information:

231-922-2014

penny@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

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For directions to the December potluck/lecture and February workshops:

231-825-0293

bakersgreenacres@yahoo.com

www.bakersgreenacres.com

 

To REGISTER for the 2-day workshop, Feb. 21-22:

Sign-up online here:  http://www.bionutrient.org/workshops

 

For additional information:

231-922-2014

penny@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

 

Bio-nutrient Food, Introductory Lecture and Potluck and 2-day WorkshopLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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May Permaculture Series: Mushrooms and More Mushrooms!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

7-8:30 pm

510 Second St.,

O’k Studio in the Alley (behind Salon Verve)

Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Join us at this discussion series and forum on the third Tuesday of each month. This is an invitation to further co-create a permaculture community in Traverse City and the NW Michigan region. This is an inspired endeavor growing locally and organically from the 2013 Michigan Permaculture Convergence, and catalyzed by Little Artshram and a very large web of Friends.

Interested in helping plan and host a North West Michigan Regional Permaculture gathering this fall? Let’s talk about possibilities.

The May community forum and discussion will focus on Mushrooms! with presenters, Brian Rodgers and Matt Seibel. Brian will be presenting information on his upcoming mushroom CSA, and will most likely have his mobile mushroom lab on display. Matt will be presenting on the Grand Traverse Mycological societies current and future role in the upper North West Michigan region.

Donations accepted for the 2014 Traverse City PDC and LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) scholarship fund.

So far we have raised $164.00 towards scholarships with this series! Great job from a caring community!

Fresh Food donations accepted for the Friends Meeting House Community Meal program.

Please bring info/announcements to share

For further information, contact:

`penny Krebiehl

penny.ok.art@gmail.com

www.littleartshram.org

May Permaculture Series: Mushrooms and More Mushrooms!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Preview of “April Perm Series.2- Herbs 2014”

April Permaculture Series:

“Plants used as Herbs and Medicine, From our Gardens, For our Health”

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

7-8:30 pm

510 Second St.,

O’k Studio in the Alley (behind Salon Verve)

Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Join us at this discussion series and forum on the third Tuesday of each month. This is an invitation to further co-create a permaculture community in Traverse City and the NW Michigan region. This is an inspired endeavor growing locally and organically from the 2013 Michigan Permaculture Convergence, and catalyzed by Little Artshram and a very large web of Friends.

Interested in helping plan and host a North West Michigan Regional Permaculture gathering this fall?  Let’s talk about possibilities.

The April community forum and discussion will primarily focus on the topic of plants, specifically herbs for medicine and culinary use, with presenter Tracy Koivisto. Tracy is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Holistic Nutritionist. She is also certified in Permaculture Design. Join her in a conversation speaking about implementing her favorite plants into your landscape. She will discuss historical uses of these plant allies, and discuss ideas to recognize and insert these plants into your permaculture designs.

Donations accepted for the 2014 Traverse City PDC and LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) scholarship fund.  So far we have raised $164.00 towards scholarships with this series! Great job from a caring community!

Fresh Food donations accepted for the Friends Meeting House Community Meal program.

Please bring info/announcements to share

For further information, contact:

`penny Krebiehl

penny.ok.art@gmail.com

www.littleartshram.org

April Permaculture Series: “Plants used as Herbs and Medicine, From our Gardens, For our Health”LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Preview of “March Perm Series- SOIL 2014”

March Permaculture Series:

 Holistic Approach to Soil

 ….and how soil impacts EVERYTHING!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

7-8:30 pm

510 Second St.,

O’k Studio in the Alley (behind Salon Verve)

Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Join us at this monthly discussion series and forum on the third Tuesday of each month.  This is an invitation to further co-create a permaculture community in Traverse City and the NW Michigan region. This is an inspired endeavor growing locally and organically from the 2013 Michigan Permaculture Convergence, and catalyzed by Little Artshram and a very large web of Friends.

(FYI: We’ve changed up this month’s forum theme departing from chickens and keeping animals to taking a deeper look at soil.  For those wishing to learn more about chickens, two other offerings having been planned this spring of learning the ways of chicken keeping/raising via ISLAND and Kirk Waterstripe @ NMC.  See links in the comment area below.)

The March community forum and discussion will focus on the topic of how important soil is with Craig Schaaf, of Golden Rule Farm in Kaleva, sharing his understanding and also moderating the discussion.  Information will also be provided and shared about keeping red wigglers and how-to set up a simple worm farming operation.

“…a great shift in human consciousness has come about because many individuals have begun to realize that although they may not be able to fully change the world as a whole, they can change the way they do things in their own lives.  Raising food in a gentle and conscious manner is one of these changes which has made a difference.  Being disconnected from our food base has separated us from the soil and the life of the Earth.  Producing food from a small area is a strengthening, slowing-down process–a way of tuning in to the Earth’s needs as we meet our own.  We put life into the soil, and the soil enriches our lives.

We as humans are part of the Earth’s nutrient cycle, just as the plants and animals are.  The Earth welcomes us by creating what we need.  The trees are a wonderful example of this: they absorb our carbon dioxide and give us back oxygen to breathe.  As we become more aware of and attuned to our place n the circle of life, then it will seem natural to plant at least 70% (or more) of our growing area in carbon-producing crops, which also produce calories.  In this way our crops will give life back to the Earth which has fed us.  As we become more responsible for our place in this exciting nutrient flow,  we will want to grow all of our diet.”  From: How to Grow More Vegetables, by John Jeavons

Donations accepted for the 2014 Traverse City PDC and LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) scholarship fund.  So far we have raised $164.00 towards scholarships with this series! Great job from a caring community!

Fresh Food donations accepted for the Friends Meeting House Community Meal program.

Please bring info/announcements to share, and post your permaculture related events on a shared calendar at:  events@michiganpermacultureconvergence.com

For further information on this series or to share ideas about presentations/themes contact:

`penny Krebiehl

penny.ok.art@gmail.com

www.littleartshram.org

March Community Forum and Permaculture Series: March 25th SOILLittleArtshram.org