In the month of August, 2020, we are still reeling and dealing with continued health care issues and safety protocols for our families and neighborhoods as the COVID virus continues to creep through our communities. Asking and searching for solutions to how our children and youth will return to school—or not—at the end of this month is a reality.


As we continue to navigate the new paths you may be choosing to take, and in tandem with the facilitator/mentor training we are currently offering, I (penny) will share some suggestions for offering permaculture designed educational options with children and youth, and families.


INTRODUCTION: What is a Permablitz? Permablitz is an informal gathering involving a day on which a group of at least two people, or a whole neighborhood block of families come together to achieve the following:


~Create or add to edible gardens based on principles and ethics of permaculture

~Share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living

~Build community of like-minded people

~Have fun


The term permablitz is a contraction of permaculture + blitz, where a blitz simply means a focused effort to get something done.


Permablitzes are always free, public events, with free workshops and shared food, where you get some exercise and have a good time. Permablitzes run on reciprocity, which means you build a network with others “blitzing” on each other’s property/home-spaces.


“Officially” speaking, to be defined as a permablitz each event must be underpinned by a permaculture design by someone with a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) – the most basic permaculture qualification.


Here’s an easy to follow structure and guide for a one-day perma-blitz or day-camp. This outline is focused on involving children and youth, with a facilitator/mentor team as well, and with consideration of the developmental phases and learning styles:


1. Opening/Morning. If this is a more than one day blitz or camp, recap any previous days content or work you’ve accomplished.ts well as, tools and resources available and organized. Be prepared to demonstrate and give safety protocols for tool usage. Designate older youth to partner with young ones and act as guides.


2. Introduce any new steps to your new day’s project or lessons. Remember to make the content user friendly for at least three learning styles: visual, auditory, kinesthetic. If I don’t have everything pre-made in the form of a simple, readable and illustrated chart, I like to use live graphic facilitation whenever possible. Drawing, storytelling or guiding along as you go, demonstrates all three learning styles listed above. Always have drawing materials available for children! Graphic or visual recording is great if you are outdoors with no electricity in sight. Having a small-scale white board with non-toxic dry erase markers works well. I take rolls of butcher paper and unfurl it in a line so that kids can draw in mural style. The used butcher paper can be put on display later for the gallery walk and it can be composted in the garden as mulch, or in your worm bin.


3. After Lunch. Recall morning lesson and focus on action! Keep it physical/hands-on. You can wander in the woods and use games that link up and crossover the theme you were sharing in the morning


4. Closing. A gallery walk. A show/talk/share discussing questions such as:Where were we?What did we do?What will we take with us into our time away from each other?


​5. Goodbye until we meet again! Have a closing circle and remember to get everyone’s contact information, for next time!

Let us know if you plan and host a permablitz and how it went!

~article by `Penny Krebiehl for Little Artshram friends and family

Bringing Permaculture to our Community: Permablitz with Children and YouthLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 
Earthrise, taken on December 24, 1968,
by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders.

Our Northern Michigan home place and the snowy landscape is slowly changing. We’ve heard the first of the spring birdsong coming from the treetops, and we are making note of an annual Springtime holiday that we’ve celebrated for many years with our communities in April: Earth Day! 

This year In 2020 we celebrate 50 years of taking pause and making efforts to stop and turn around the destruction and lack of conscious caring for our planet home. It’s been a lot of work and effort and we surely have not accomplished all of what we’ve set out to do as caretakers and citizens of a shared place. 

We are pleased to look back on 20 some years of the 49 Earth Days past having gathered together and working alongside of SO, so many talented artists and musicians, hundreds of children, teens, entire families and school classrooms, along with the City of Traverse City, the Neahtawanta Center, Art Center/Women’s Resource Center and The Circuit. This just names a few of the people and organizations who’ve been involved in helping to make the Earth Day date on our human-made calendar a worthy and real holiday! 

This year, to mark the significant golden anniversary of our shared love of our life on Earth, Little Artshram will partner with Title Track a new organization that is celebrating its 1st anniversary, on Sunday April 26th, at The Circuit in Traverse City. 

Little Artshram will be partnering with the Title Track Family Day at The Grand Traverse Circuit “Community Cultural Arts, Wellness, & Education”, Traverse City – session one: 3pm, session two: 5pm, variety show: 7pm.

CHECK BACK! MORE info forthcoming with an offering of becoming an Earth Day Art Ambassador and contribute your creativity to this celebration! 

Last but not least, we’ve included below an excerpt from the Sierra Magazine with a little background on the birth of Earth Day:

The United States had never experienced anything like it: On April 22, 1970, nearly one in 10 Americans flooded the streets and the woods and the seashores to call for an end to the merciless pollution of the country’s air, waters, and landscapes. In the words of Senator Gaylord Nelson, the Wisconsin Democrat who conceived the idea of Earth Day, the goal was to force the issue of environmental protection “permanently onto the national political agenda”—and in that, the effort succeeded.

The conservation movement that existed before 1970 was largely made up of white, affluent outdoors-people who mostly focused on the protection of birds and other wildlife, the preservation of wilderness, and the establishment of parks and preserves. The environmental movement that was born on Earth Day aspired to something larger—a multiracial cause, propelled by the same passion that spurred the civil rights and anti–Vietnam War movements, dedicated to preserving urban environments as well as wild ones, and inspired by the ecological insight that our home is the whole planet.

Since then, the influence of Earth Day has waxed and waned; at times it has seemed little more than an occasion for corporate greenwashing. But the fieriness of the first Earth Day remains like an ember within the original idea. To mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, Sierra assembled a collection of activists, organizers, and authors to imagine how it can be reinvigorated and reinvented. While each contributor writes in a different key, together they form a chorus, insistently hopeful that Earth Day 2020 can be another watershed moment—one that leads to a bigger, bolder, and more lasting transformation.

READ the rest of the articles here: EARTH DAY 50 Years

A simple phrase with a lot of intention & effort behind it: Happy Earth Day, Every Day!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Preview of “TC PDC 2016 Header-NMI Permaculture”

How can permaculture design help urban, suburban, and small-town dwellers meet our needs in sustainable, resilient ways? Toby Hemenway’s book The Permaculture City is one of the course books that expands beyond the “garden-gate” to offer solutions for energy, community, place-making, livelihood, decision-making, and many of the other challenges of living in cities and towns. Toby Hemeway offers innovative examples of urban permaculture from all around North America, and his book, focusing on an urban environment offers inspiration and hope for moving toward a regenerative culture.

This is the first year the course, organized by Little Artshram and Northern Michigan Permaculture is to be housed at the Greenspire School and the GT Food Innovation Hub at Cherry Capital, in Traverse City, Michigan–each hosting three weekends.  We’ve been able to offer the course to representative students from each of our host location sites and Little Artshram  has also  been very, very supportive of making the course available to students through payment plans and work-trade.

In addition, Little Artshram would like to build a scholarship fund for students to be able to take the course. If you can make a (tax-deductible) contribution to that fund (however small),  and it would be used well. You can use our donation link through Paypal here or send a check to Little Artshram/Northern Michigan Permaculture. Either way, please note “PDC scholarship” with your contribution.

There are still a few seats in our upcoming city-based design course in Northern Michigan, and we hope to include all who are interested. Register by March 1st, at a reduced fee of $950 for the Traverse City Permaculture Design Course.

SPECIAL OFFER: Former PDC students, may take the course for one-half price!

To ask additional questions or set up a payment plan for the course fee, contact the course registrar: penny.ok.art@gmail.com On-line registration here: www.nmipermaculture.org

And here in a youtube video is one of the best in depth explanations of permaculture we have heard. It addresses the many challenges and tools for decision making we face today. Toby Hemenway new book “The Permaculture City” covers these, and is one of our main course books for this 6 month PDC.

https://youtu.be/WI4GrRxLAmY

On-line registration or to download a pdf:  www.nmipermaculture.org

Contact:  penny.ok.art@gmail.com

Traverse City Permaculture Design Course, begins March 19thLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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THIS YEAR, Little Artshram is taking a year off from organizing and hosting the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, but the BIG puppets and many of our well loved Earth Day parading characters have formed their own “traveling troupe” in order to continue to make their mark in our annual welcoming of spring and celebration of our planet home.

We encourage you to support a couple of wonderful events that some of our friends are hosting and that the BIG puppets will be representing Little Artshram and maintaining a strand of our beloved Eday Parade,  Here’s one of them:

NMC Student Life Organization is sponsoring an event on Saturday, April 18th from 1-7 pm, at Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 East Front St, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

The Sweet Earth Arts and Music Festival is a full afternoon and early evening of celebration–music, art and interactive workshops— and is a means of communicating how to get involved with a multitude of environmental issues, both locally and globally.

The event features many regionally based musicians: Tatiana Crespo (Traverse City, MI), Aaron Otto (Harbor Springs, MI), Ruby John (Northport, MI), the Sturgeon Bay Singers (Harbor Springs, MI), Dede and the Dreamers (Ann Arbor, MI), The Way Down Wanderers(Chicago, IL), and Samantha Lynne Crawford wsg/ Medicinal Groove (Traverse City, MI).

Workshops will include: The Wonder of Raptors (presented by Wings of Wonder), Nature Writing Workshop (presented by Stephanie Mills), and Connecting Community through Civil Engagement (presented by Gary Howe).

In case not everyone is busy dancing or participating in one of our workshops, we will have hands-on activities for all ages including a science corner for kids, seed-ball making, a compost worm petting zoo, an arts and crafts table using recyclable materials, and more! Also new to this year, we will have our first ever Sweet Earth Artist Market featuring some of the many talented artisans in Northern MI.

We love the tradition and shared vision of the beautiful community work so many TC and Grand Traverse region friends and businesses have contributed to our production work of the Eday Parade, and that the NMC Student Organization is embracing with this daylong festival: “Sweet Earth is a celebration filled with creative expression that plants the seed of environmental consciousness and provides the resources to help it grow.”

ALSO it is a free festival begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. in NMC’s Health and Science Building.

For more information, email the “bee” that Litttle Artshram directress, Penny Krebiehl

is outfitting above:  Mara Penfila mpenfil@nmc.edu

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A travelin’ troupe of BIG Eday Parade puppets: April 18th Sweet Earth Arts and Music FestivalLittleArtshram.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