O'k CSA and LLOOFLittle Artshram is supporting the work of O’k CSA as they develop the LLOOF(Learning Local on Organic Farms) project, which presently fills the niche for part of our Summer 2013 apprentice and intern needs:

We celebrate O’k CSA and the Market Garden’s 7th year as Traverse City’s first Urban CSA involving area youth and adults as market garden-farmers.  We have exciting changes in this year’s Market Garden and CSA program, which is part of the Urban Farm Collective and includes 3 additional, neighborhood and community gardens in Traverse City. AND, also celebrating the second year of the LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) program that provides a work-exchange and permaculture training for green-collar jobs planning, planting, tending and harvesting the CSA gardens!

IMG_4154REGISTRATION IS OPEN, from February 1st, until March 1st, 2013 to apply for the 12  LLOOFing positions that will be offered during this growing season.

This project is based on both a  CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, and inspired by WWOOF, the world-wide version of what we are bringing you locally through LLOOFing.

Basic HOW-to become a LLOOFer:  LLOOFers fill out an application (Feb-March 2013) and sign an agreement that informs them of their work schedule/hours; the garden-farm lesson and Intro. to permaculture training schedule; and PDC certification schedule.  While the Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design is a prerequisite to earning a Permaculture Design Certificate through O’k CSA and Permaculture Design, to earn a PDC requires no less than 72 hours of class time plus a group design project, field practice and a final test.  The value of the six-month training for each LLOOFer who completes the work-exchange agreement (commitment ) is offered as follows:

  • Garden-Farm mentoring (10 lessons/HOW-to’s focused on urban-neighborhood/back-yard gardening)  $300.00
  • Intro. to Urban Perm Design Training (40 hours, focused on Effective Permaculture Design-Step-by-step, People/Social permaculture system design, w/ themes of food-forest and garden-farming pattern language)  $650.00
  • CSA weekly food share (July-Sept)  $350.00
  • Permaculture Design Course towards certification(72 hours) $1,250.00

After the 2013 growing season in Traverse City, our vision is to expand and offer LLOOF throughout Michigan, dividing into regions.  Each region’s organization will exist independently within the LLOOF network and the original LLOOF Project located in Traverse City will organize a low annual membership fee–in any combination of the following economic forms of: money, gifting, bartering, trade or work-exchange.

In order to meet the pre-season and post-season work schedule for our CSA and Market garden, we’ll be staggering the LLOOF positions to cover a full-six months of Permaculture and Garden-Farming experiential learning, beginning in April through September 2013.  LLOOFers who complete 285 hours of work exchange hours, (with work hours fully documented) are eligible to receive all or part of the above offerings.

Contact:  penny.ok.art@gmail.com   231-922-2014 (Please leave a message)

Application & Agreement – http://www.littleartshram.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/LLOOF-application-and-agreement-2013.pdf

Download a brochure to become a shareholder in O’k CSA here: http://pennyokart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ok-CSA-Brochure-2013.pdf

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Sleeping Bear Dunes: Photo used by Little Artshram with permission from Ken Scott.

Photo used by Little Artshram with permission from Ken Scott.

GREETINGS from the freezing North West land along the edge of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay!Many thanks for your participation and/or interest in the planning of a Michigan Permaculture Convergence for Fall of 2013.  Please forward this email to anyone you know who may also have an interest.
 
We invite everyone from ALL the Michigan/Great Lakes regions to join in.

Our second meeting is:

Monday, January 28th, 6 pm 
 
O’k Studio, 514 Second St., In the Alley, Traverse City, MI 49684 

PREPARATION AND INPUT FOR MONDAY, 1/28 MEETING:

-To stay connected and informed, SIGN-up and be a part of planning the convergence, checking in through forums and a calendar of convergence info/ and permaculture events happening in Michigan through the new Michigan Permaculture Convergence website here:  www.permaculture.littleartshram.org

 
-For a quick chat/updates, as we build our Michigan and Great Lakes Permaculture network join us on the Facebook group, Just click on the link here: 
and you will be taken to the page if you belong to Facebook.
-Build an outline of criteria for choosing the convergence site.
-Add your site recommendation here:  http://www.communitywalk.com/michigan_permaculture_convergence_site
 
The site & method by which we choose the site, will be a primary point of discussion on the 28th.  

-Skype and techno hookups provided for our farther away folks t/b/a via Bill Palladino

-Webpage status: Flint Horton and Zach Power

Webpage hosted by our fiduciary Little Artshram at the address:www.permaculture.littleartshram.org

-Facebook:

Penny Krebiehl will continue to admin the FB group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/MichiganPermacultureConverge/

-Legislative action
Betsy could help?  What do we want to achieve and in what timeframe?  Are there active considerations we want to support or oppose?
 
-Email:  Lish Brown  lish@growsharefeed.org

 
Consider other topics for Monday’s meeting – please email Lish or Penny to add items to the agenda.
 
You are receiving this email because you have an interest in permaculture.  If you do not wish to receive emails about the planning of this event, please email me, Lish Brown at lish@growsharefeed.org and I will remove you from this planning committee list.
 
We are currently keeping this list of emails private.  We will determine as a group how we will proceed.  If you have a preference to keep your email private from others, please let me know.  
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me and I will do my best to help.  You can also email Penny Krebiehl at penny.ok.art@gmail.com.
 
Thanks again.  We look forward to seeing you at O’k Studio and/or talking with you next Monday at 6 pm!  Please pass it on.
Michigan Permaculture Convergence 2013 planning continues in our Winter-Wonderland-January-FreezeLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

A plan is underway for a Michigan/MidWest Permaculture Convergence to take place perhaps somewhere in the beautiful North West Michigan area in the Summer of 2013.

The idea of this convergence is to offer a new community-building/community-training vision, We will select a site and invite the permaculture designers in the area to create a space for the event to showcase permaculture elements.

When the convergence is over the infrastructure will be left behind for the community to use. This also creates a low impact event on the land being used for the site. It will also serve as an example for the community of a large event with a very small footprint.

Next year, the convergence will move to a new Michigan community and repeat the process.

Join us for the upcoming meeting on Jan. 14th in Traverse City, @ 514 Second St., in the Alley 6 pm—-just behind Salon Verve and to the east off the corner of Oak/Second/Randolph Sts. Parking available behind the empty chiropractors’ office.

Monday, January 14, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Little Artshram in Traverse City, Michigan

& via Skype

Meeting Facilitator: Betsy Coffia

Little Artshram is honored to participate and act as Convergence fiduciary.

We are working toward the objective of hosting the first Michigan-area Permaculture Convergence. We want & need your participation to do the initial brainstorming and planning to define this event. Please join us!

This is an enormous opportuIMG_1313nity to fuse and highlight the incredible permaculture activity throughout Michigan and possibly the multi-state region.

Please keep inviting and linking others in the Michigan and Mid West regions to join the Facebook  group to enter into discussions and check out notes and organizational progress and get involved: https://www.facebook.com/groups/582546135104494/

First Michigan Permaculture Convergence Planning meeting, Monday 1-14-13 in Traverse CityLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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2013 marks the 20th Anniversary Year for ARTSPACE and Little Artshram and we have four seasonal themed events happening for our friends, family, and neighbors and we’d like to meet and welcome even more:

Spring 2013- Beginning in late February we will be offering our annual services as a puppet and mask-making “factory” creating new puppets and repairing the old for a fresh walk along the streets of Traverse City as we celebrate the 24th Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade on SATURDAY, APRIL 20th, 2013.  Preparations and collaborations are underway to make this the BEST Earth Day Parade ever in North West Michigan.

On May 5th we will join a world-wide celebration for International Permaculture Day, with special events and perma-blitzing happening all over the Grand Traverse Region with our “Sibling Organizations”.  Check the website for details, as collaborative plans unfold!

IMG_3173 Summer 2013-  We are scheduling five (5) weeks of permaculture Summer Camp for children and youth, 5 years and older, which will begin in Mid-June and continue being offered through August.

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.

The 2013 summer camps will focus on a fun, and informative exploration of permaculture. We will be sharing a powerful set of “learning tools” to grow our own food in “tame” gardens, and gather food in “wild” gardens. We’ll share art-making and nature skills that are sure to awaken a deeper understanding of our connection to each other and to the outside world, by being outdoors all day long!

Late Summer or Early Fall 2013- Little Artshram is pleased to announce to all Michigan-area permaculture friends, that we are working toward the objective of hosting the first Michigan-area Permaculture Convergence.  We invite Michiganders and Mid-Western folk to participate in the initial brainstorming and planning to define this event, and to continue joining in on the process as it unfolds! The idea of this convergence is to offer a new community-building/community-training vision, We will select a site and invite the permaculture designers in the area to create a space for the event to showcase permaculture elements.

When the convergence is over the infrastructure will be left behind for the community to use. This also creates a low impact event on the land being used for the site. It will also serve as an example for the community of a large event with a very small footprint.  Next year, the convergence will move to a new Michigan/Mid West community and repeat the process.

This is an enormous opportunity to fuse and highlight the incredible permaculture activity throughout Michigan and possibly the multi-state region.

Winter 2013- In late November, we will be celebrating Little Artshram’s 20th Anniversary of being one of the MOST active and awesome “little” non-profits in Michigan with a “BIG Hairy Deal Pie-Social and Square Dance” Fun-raiser.  Please consider joining us as a sponsor and definitely as a guest! Stay posted for details and the final date tba.

Whole World Seed Bank  We THANK YOU with depths of gratitude from our Little Artshram hearts, for your long-time consideration and support of our efforts and many successes in bringing folks of all ages together in all sorts of creative ways in our various adventures across the whole State of Michigan–or at least from Lansing to Traverse City! 

We’ve had a plethora of amazing children, some of who are “all grown up” now out in the big-wide world.  Some of our young friends are beginning to teach in Little Artshram programs, or start their own!  We’ve had SO many fine folks involved with our organization, through our board members, teachers and presenters, apprentices and mentors, and very grateful for the many, many ways that you all have supported us!

THANK YOU!  AND, Please stand by for more details, or jump in and get involved in 2013!

2013: Four Seasons of Little Artshram Goodness in Traverse City and North West MichiganLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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Little Artshram is pleased to announce to all Michigan-area permaculture friends:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED! We are working toward the objective of hosting the first Michigan-area Permaculture Convergence.  We invite your participation in this initial brainstorming and planning to define this event.  An introduction and agenda follows:

Michigan/Mid West Permaculture Convergence:  The idea of this convergence is to offer a new community-building/community-training vision, We will select a site and invite the permaculture designers in the area to create a space for the event to showcase permaculture elements.

When the convergence is over the infrastructure will be left behind for the community to use. This also creates a low impact event on the land being used for the site. It will also serve as an example for the community of a large event with a very small footprint.

Next year, the convergence will move to a new Michigan/Mid West community and repeat the process.

Join us for the upcoming meeting on Jan. 14th in Traverse City, @ 514 Second St., in the Alley 6 pm—-just behind Salon Verve and to the east off the corner of Oak/Second/Randolph Sts. Parking available behind the empty chiropractors’ office.

UPDATED NOTES & AGENDA:

Michigan Permaculture Convergence 2013

Planning Meeting, Monday, January 14, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Little Artshram in Traverse City, Michigan

& via Skype

We are working toward the objective of hosting the first Michigan-area Permaculture Convergence. We want & need your participation to do the initial brainstorming and planning to define this event. Please join us!

This is an enormous opportunity to fuse and highlight the incredible permaculture activity throughout Michigan and possibly the multi-state region.

AGENDA TOPICS SOME CONSIDERATIONS:

Introductions Who are you? Why are you here? What

do you want to see come out of this?

What are the goals & objectives of the Convergence?

Showcase? Inform? Teach? Convert ?

What should the format be?

Meet & greet? Project showcase? TEDlike?

Attract newbies? Exhibition?

Vendors? Training? All of the above?

How long should the Convergence be?

Weekend or week-days?

Who is our target audience?

What attendance might we anticipate?

What region should we cover? State-wide? Regional (e.g. MI, IN, OH, WI, MN…)

Where should this be held? NW Michigan? Central to state or

region? Where there are lots of permaculture sites to showcase?

When should it be? Should it be tied to external events

(equinox, planting time, harvest)

Consider also recurring timing of annual event.

Identify marketing, funding & participation ideas

How do we draw a large group?

Anticipated cost and factors?

Who wants to help plan this?

Who will project manage?

What are next steps, critical paths and timing?

Other considerations?

Meeting Facilitator: tba

Little Artshram is honored to participate and act as Convergence fiduciary.

Thanks to all for your enthusiastic response to this idea. Please continue to share and invite others…

NOTE: If you would like to connect via Skype contact:

penny@littleartshram.org  OR  penny.ok.art@gmail.com

 

 

Little Artshram to help craft a plan for a 2013 Michigan Permaculture ConvergenceLittleArtshram.org