Perm. Series:2014, February

Permaculture Series: Probiotics, Fermentation and Nutrient-Dense Food—What it is.

Tuesday, February 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 and 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 MANY friends, locally, regionally and throughout the State of Michigan.

Our February community forum and discussion will focus on three topics that speak to some of the ways and how-to’s of growing, storing, preserving, preparing, and eating nutrient dense food.

Joining us will be Brenda Baran, Nutritonal Therapy Practitioner, sharing her knowledge about our digestive system; how it works properly, and what can lead to dysfunction. She will also discuss her take on probiotics/gut microbes and how they affect our overall health. Brenda will also introduce the Weston Price Foundation, and some of the lifestyle changes and suggestions of WAPF.  Brenda has recently moved to the Northern Michigan area and is sharing life and adventure, building a permaculture homestead in Leelanau County with her partner, Levi.

Shared discussion with all about the practice and art of fermentation and an invitation to view all or/a portion of the Sandor Katz instructional fermentation workshop video.

The third presentation will be sharing information and introducing the Bio Nutrient soil testing/crop production and upcoming workshop offerings. The Bio-Nutrient workshop will be held with a Permaculture Design Course, in Traverse City in Fall/2014 with Dan Kitteridge and Mark Cohen of the Bio-Nutrient Food Association.

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

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

Please bring info/announcements to share.

For further information or to sign-up as a presenter in the series contact:

`penny Krebiehl

Little Artshram is a founding sponsor of the Michigan Permaculture Convergence and, helping to create a Northern Michigan network of permaculture practioners at Northern Michigan Regional Permaculture an open group on Facebook.

Preview of “MI PERM CONVERGE 2013 logo”

February Community Forum and Permaculture Series…Feb.

954684_10152908600970503_1014372813_nWe hope you enjoy your family, friends and home-places and keep sharing your passionate, creative selves with others and join us doing the same in the New Year!

We are now DEEP into a wild and wonderful winter season and also our 20-something year of providing art and creative community wide-events—along with environmental education focusing on permaculture.  We are working toward one of our first of the year events: the 25th Annual Earth Day Parade that takes place in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.


Scooting Petal Faery & Lady Bug, 2010

We would LOVE to be in FRONT of the parade this year, organizationally and financially, and we need your help.

Please, take a moment to read this bit on our 2013 parade via Directress, Penny Krebiehl’s sharing during last year’s process here:

Help us celebrate both the 25th Anniversary of the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and Little Artshram’s 20th birthday year by considering a gift of money.  Of course your donation will be tax-deductable.


Thank you! Thank you! Here’s how you can reach us in a couple of ways:

1.  WRITE TO US!  We LOVE snail mail!

Our address is:  Little Artshram, P.O. Box 844, Traverse City, MI 49685

2.  You can also call us, even in these quieter winter months, we answer phones between 8 am- 12 noon each day.  Little Artshram’s telephone number is (231) 735-8370

3.  Or share your support electronically right here online, via Paypal.  It’s easy! Look for the crow  above, and then just click on the Donate/Paypal button on the top right hand corner of our home-page,.

Thank you for your support in 2013, AND, for your continued consideration,

The Little 2013/14 Artshram Board:Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade - In Song

John Schuerman

Petra Daher

Dwight Washington

Advisor, Rokko Jans

Directress/Founder, Penny Krebiehl


P.S. In addition to a good amount of program, project and information about our organization via the website, you can also follow us on Facebook:



Grand Traverse Earth Day ParadeGT Earth Day Parade



Support Little Artshram and our shared work in the TC Community in 2014!

Early registration is ending soon – join us at the First Annual Michigan Permaculture Convergence, Nov. 1-3, REGISTER today!

“And that is the secret of success: assembling sufficient commonsense people in one area. If we are one isolated biodynamic gardener in a district of contract vegetable growers or graziers trained in chemical agriculture, we find both the practice and infrastructure support of the isolated system difficult; there may be no one to talk to, let alone share resources with. On the other hand, as land titles in a region are brought out and occupied by any group who share ethical philosophy, so the shops, markets, processing centres, equipment, and support services for the new economy become worthwhile and available” – Bill Mollison, Permaculture; A designers manual p. 514


Preview of “MI PERM CONVERGE 2013.1 Flyer”

Early Registration NOW….for the Michigan Permaculture

September 17, 2013

Good Morning!

I write to you, as a permaculture enthusiast,“fellow permi” and Michigan resident, to let you know of an opportunity that may interest you personally or for that of your organization or company.  Little Artshram, the non-profit I still work alongside of, is contributing to the presentation and sponsorship of the First Annual Michigan Permaculture Convergence, November 1-3, 2013, at Camp Talahi in the South Eastern Michigan region.  I invite you to participate as a sponsor of this inaugural, statewide gathering, which is the dream seeding of the Great Lakes Bio-Region Permaculture Convergence.

Sponsorship of the convergence will create a stable platform for a sustainable, permaculturally designed yearly event bringing together folks who are interested in sharing knowledge and information about permaculture design, principles, and practice.

The goal of the Michigan permaculture convergence is to provide a forum accessible to all Permaculturalists and people interested in permaculture in Michigan, as well as the surrounding bio-region, to enhance community and share ideas on how to expand permaculture solutions across the region. By giving back to the host property the convergence will work to have a positive impact on the land.  Next year, the convergence will move to a new Michigan community and repeat the process.

Our focus in designing this year’s agenda, is to create a networking, educational and information sharing event with permaculturists from all over the Great Lake State who are sharing a diversity of skills and knowledge and on a pathway of practice.  We feel the opportunities for MORE permaculture education, experience and ecological-design practice are essential ingredients for strengthening community and increasing our resilience to a changing climate and economy.

Sponsorships will help offset the space rental, insurance needs and provide a living wage for a cook to organize and prepare meals for this 2+ day event.  We will work to barter other services, materials and expenses, and we’ve kept the registration fee low for participants, to make this as inclusive as possible for folks to travel to this year’s convergence location.  We’ve made the decision to invite—but not formally schedule any out-of-state permaculture mentors as the speakers at this event.  Rather, this year’s convergence will host permaculturists from across Michigan to share their particular niche within the permaculture community, showcasing work in Farm, Urban, Community, Education, Co-Housing, and Suburban settings.

I’ve included here just three examples of state-wide permaculture projects and developments, and there are plenty more.  In Kalamazoo the perennial revolution of tree crops is on-going….

In Ypsilanti—a permaculture group utilizing a time-banking system are encouraging and building urban food forests….

In Traverse City, A biodiverse 145-acre farm, DeYoung will be home to an eight-acre permaculture demonstration orchard and antique apple tree nursery. Each acre will support 25 apple trees surrounded by support guilds, or companion plantings, mimicking the ecology of a mature forest edge. In addition to apples and guild plantings, filberts hazelnuts and mulberries will be grown.

Thank you for your consideration and support of Little Artshram and our efforts to share and expand permaculture education and opportunities in our birth and home-place of North West and Central Michigan–and throughout the Great Lake State!

There are two categories of support you can  contribute, as a “Permi-Friend” or an “Inaugural Sponsor”.  A result of your support and an outcome of the convergence will be a planned for mapping and the creation of a network first based on seven regions that broadly make-up our home-place, and expand out to include the entire Great Lakes Bio-Region.

Here is the sponsorship form:  MI perm Converge Sponsor FORM, 2013 as well as, a flyer announcing the event, below.  Little Artshram is proud to be the fiduciary agent of this year’s convergence and is a registered non-profit 501.3c organization in Michigan.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have about sponsorship opportunities or information about the convergence.

We hope you will consider joining Little Artshram, as a “Permi-Friend” or “Inaugural Sponsor”!

`penny Krebiehl

Directress, Little Artshram


Preview of “MI PERM CONVERGE 2013.1 Flyer”

Become a “Permi-Friend” or “Inaugural Sponsor” of the Michigan Permaculture
“People and Permaculture” and identifying the connecting web that has been cast over Little Artshram’s home-place and our Great Lake State of Michigan is a fitting theme for us, as we celebrate our 20th birthday year.
We are pleased to begin a “forward-back-paddle” and spend a little time sharing tidbits about the connections that have created fertile ground for Little Artshram and ARTSPACE’s birth in Michigan and the people that inspire our projects and work which emerge along with our home-places.
Here’s a little back-paddling:  Little Artshram began in Lansing, Michigan, on Turner Street, as The Greater Lansing ARTSPACE, in 1993.  (We actually began a few years earlier than that and called ourselves North Town Art Center, before taking on our .org/501c3 status.) In this historic district of North Lansing, we had ten years of joyous, creative mayhem taking place in what would become known as Old Town. One of our dearest of dear friends, Robert Busby hosted us in a century old store-front across from his Creole Gallery always supporting and sometimes participating in our family friendly projects and events. This coming weekend, September 15th, sixteen years after this photo of Robert holding a Tree Spirit mask was taken, we’ll be planting trees in Burchard Park around a memorial sculpture an in his honor.
Robert and the Tree Spirit Mask, 1997
In 1998 ARTSPACE closed up shop in Old Town and moved to Northern Michigan, as far as the BIG Lake Michigan lake-shore, first settling in the Leelanau County area.  Shortly afterwards, in 2000 is when The Neahtawanta Center asked for support in building puppets and masks for the annual Earth Day and All-Species Parade, and when we met Bob Russell, Sally Van Vleck and a good crew of Northern Michigan environmentalists. 
Last weekend, our beloved Otter Water Goddess puppet, made by artists and students from the Leelanau School and Glen Lake High School attended the memorial service for Bob Russell honoring our gratefulness and our connections for his life and service.
Otter Water Goddess, 2000
Another remembering and grateful strand in the Little Artshram and ARTSPACE web is that of a fierce and loving mentor, Jayne Walker of The Eco-Learning Center
Our relationship with Jayne continues through the work of Little Artshram and O’k CSA and the LLOOF program with others. Jayne encouraged, approved and supported our growing and learning through a chosen path of permaculture—-although she mentioned a few times that she’d like us to study up in a more formal way on Biodynamics.  She supported and encouraged our endeavors through Little Artshram to expand our experience as cultural creatives and educators, and to work with children, teens and college aged youth learning alongside of them, where our food came from and how to grow food without pillaging the Earth.
Jayne Walker, on her land.

As this forward-back-paddling with Little Artshram and ARTSPACE continues, a little reflection now in this place for our “little” non-profit organization that is so abundantly connected, from Lansing to Traverse City and a few dozen other places we’ve parked our creative, art, community gardening and environmental education cart.

We now, honor this web and many folks with strong, shining spirits, through our support for the collaborative work of The Michigan Permaculture Convergence .

Beginning in December 2012, Little Artshram and an expansive group of permaculture-minded individuals and enthusiasts have been meeting and organizing a state-wide gathering.  The Michigan Permaculture Convergence  will be held at Camp Talahi, in Howell, Michigan, on November 1-3, 2013. This first annual Michigan permaculture event is also the dream seeding of the Great Lakes Bio-Region Permaculture Convergence.

We are remembering and grateful for the continued inspiration that Robert, Jayne and Bob provide and for their nourishment that supported and encouraged Little Artshram and ARTSPACE to keep on keeping on. 



Remembering, Grateful and A Great Fall Gathering…People and