O’k Drawing and Illustration On-line Classes, March 1st!

I’m going to offer a series of on-line drawing and illustration classes, beginning in March!
Registration will be open soon for the first on-line O’k Drawing class of 2017, March 1 to 22, 2017, which will run as a 4-week session, that you can continue to take, in session-intervals that continue over a period of time. You can take the class for just one or two 4-week sessions, or pop in and out over the years. There will always be a 2-3 week break between sessions, and you won’t miss anything if you are in and out over time.
You are very welcome to come to this class as a new drawing student. You don’t need to have taken a drawing class anywhere else before. I will always have some brand new students in all my 4-week sessions, and the classes will always have students with all levels of drawing skills. Many will consider themselves to be beginners in drawing.
Check back here for more information soon!
Or, contact me at [email protected]

The Story of the Year of Chicken, Our Friend

It’s been a very busy and full 12 years, since illustrating and creating the first “Year of Farm Bird” calendar. This time around, the “Chicken, Our Friend” song and story-line shifts into serious territory with a deeper focus of “It takes a flock…” as the calendar’s wisdom intention, and sincere message encouraging a new path for us all.

2017 Year of Chicken, Our Friend calendar cover

2017 Year of Chicken, Our Friend calendar cover





Rooster-Chicken-Phoenix-Bird is a universal symbol of transformation, rebirth and eternity. Bird year is a time of practical endeavors, conscientiousness, hard work and discipline. It is also a time of expressing inner warmth and insight, a time for quietness and privacy with our flock of friends and loved ones. Whether individually or in community, planning ahead for protection and nourishment will lend itself to taking inevitable but wise risks, facing failure honestly, and moving onward to the path of humbling, beautiful success. This year we will be strongly asked to confront and deal with any stress along the way–not ignore it—-requiring application of creativity, organization and perseverance.

Singing praise to Chicken, who like Dog is truly one of human’s best friends, we can take note of it’s remarkable physical structure—both muscular and skeletal—which allows for flight when necessary. Chickens are warm-blooded creatures, and have very strong hearts and efficient one-way breathing systems. Among other attributes, in the “permaculture world”, we feature the Chicken as a way in which to teach an important aspect of applying and understanding system design. By naming it’s intrinsic characteristics, products/needs…we begin the process of assessing a particular element, or thing, as in a chicken as one of our family friends, in a system, that together with other things, contributes to the whole. This is a good, simple, visual lesson in understanding relationship, how we are connected and what benefits or does not benefit the system and the role of the caretakers. Chicken graciously lends itself and takes a center stage role with a bit of righteous flamboyance and practical perseverance in this lesson.

The Permaculture Chicken

The Permaculture Chicken

In 2017, Hens and Roosters alike, will remind us of choosing the directions of up and out—or freedom and expansion is also about love and justice. This path is for us any of us choosing to become authentic, transparent, humble, and sometimes vulnerable. We individually focus our intention and choose to do the hard work to become better human beings and trustworthy in the eyes of those around us. We can personally maintain, improve ourselves by practicing yoga, exercising daily, creating healthy routines and habits—especially working at strengthening our lungs and hearts. Both security and freedom are attainable when we take on self-health, pride and well-being.

Frida/Diego September Chicken

September Chicken

Here’s a whopping paragraph of short sentence guidelines for flocks of all sorts in 2017 inspired by an excellent, essay by a permaculture practitioner and teacher Ben Weiss. This offering of words, for the smart, just and loving Chickens, suggest that collectively through structure, deepening and experience, we build our flocks/communities and deepen relationships with others by:

Being clear about our values. Understanding oppression and empathizing with the oppressed. Understanding privilege. Recognizing privilege is the responsibility of the privileged. Understand environmental justice–the crossroads of environmentalism and social justice. Let go of intellectual superiority. Prepare to be invited. Get first-hand experience/make mistakes and learn from them. Don’t impose solutions. Withhold value judgements. Recognize personal and professional relationships. Prioritize the issues of the community. Address oppression issues before environmental issues. Have realistic expectations. When in Rome…Take some personal risks. Give gifts carefully. Be an ally & an advocate. Leave decision-making to the community. Train leaders from within the community. Channel the fire of the youth. Small victories are big victories. Know when to fold ‘em. Phase yourself out.

The Fire-bird-Rooster-Chicken, instructs us to tend to our daily chores while following the guidelines and patterns of the conscious, community oriented flock. This Chicken year asks you to play it smart and safe, with thoughtful and protracted observation–a much, much, MUCH deeper, respectful understanding of your relationship with others. It is the flock, the community, that must ultimately lead.

“When Chicken, our friend, governs, the people are hardly aware that she exists. Next best is the Chicken who is loved. Next, one who is feared. The worst is one who is despised.
If you don’t trust the people, you make them untrustworthy.
The Chicken our friend, doesn’t talk, she acts. When her work is done, the people say “Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!”
-Tao Te Chicken-Ching

Good Dog Marley and her Chicken friend, Pearl

Good Dog Marley and her Chicken friend, Pearl

Special Recognition and grateful thanks to the featured Chickens & Dog: Emmy Lou, Pearl, The Tree Sisters, Frida/Diego, Frodo, Merry, Pippin, Josaphina, Hazel Crow, Johnny Bingo(who got away), Half n’ Half, Bonnie & Clyde, and Marley the Good Dog–friend of Pearl.
Much Gratitude:

Ben Weiss’s essay “Pattern Language for the Privileged”
Justin Rhodes article: How Permaculture Chickens Could Revolutionize Your Entire Property

and Harvey Ussery, author of The Small Scale Poultry Flock

The 2017 Year of Chicken, Our Friend Calendar is illustrated, created and words gathered by ©`penny Krebiehl, 2005, 2016
Available locally in Traverse City, Michigan,

Contact: [email protected] Online ordering: www.pennyokart.com

Direct to online ordering of calendar with printed story HERE

Sales of this calendar will support the artist-farmer who teaches and practices permaculture and garden-farms in North West Michigan.

Thank you so much!

“Year of Chicken, our friend” 13 month calendar…support artists who farm

Year of Chicken, our friend - 13 month calendar

Art for living….Shop small, and local while supporting artists who farm:

Annual 2017 “Year of Chicken, our Friend” 13 month calendar (January thru January) of original chicken portraits and monthly new & full egg moon notations, along w charmed “it takes a flock” wisdom messages, predictions and inspirational guidelines for human friends.

  • 13 month calendar,
  • chinese brush style,
  • printed in black & white
  • 8 1/2 x 11″, $20.00

©`penny Krebiehl, 2016

This product is also available locally in Traverse City, at Oryana Food Cooperative

Online ordering here:

[email protected]

Also available a SPECIAL print:

Starry, Starry Chicken Night
Hand-colored print approx. 11 x 11″
(December calendar page)

FALL 2016 O’k CSA Share


The Sun is Still Shining, the Flowers are Still Blooming, and the Bees are Still Buzzing in our Gardens!

And you are invited to Join our Fall 2016 CSA!

The Fall share is $200 single/$350 full, and will begin on Friday, September 30th through November 18th–an 8 week share, with the O’k Art & Crafty Fair scheduled in December, over the weekend of Dec. 10-11th.

We still have lots of great food growing in all of our gardens, and in particular at our production garden at Realeyes Homestead, including squash, pumpkins, cabbages and lovely kale and brassicas; fall roots: radishes, turnips, beets, leeks, jerusalem artichokes; freshly planted annual and perennial greens—lettuces, arugula, parsley/cilantro/dill.  PLUS, a tradition that Flint and I began a few years back of wild-harvesting antique apples, chestnuts, mushrooms, as well as, dried herbs/teas and a special invitation to our annual O’k Art and Crafty Fair in December!

Fall Friday pick-up happening at our DIGs garden-farm site, at 510 Second St., Traverse City, Michigan.

On-line share-member registration here.

To sign-up by connecting w. an O’k CSA human, Contact:

[email protected]


O’k CSA Cooperative: Keep On Trucking, Fall Shares for an O’k cause…

Keep on Trucking

We need to Keep On Trucking—and could use a little help….

I used to ride my bike and pull a cart full of veg around, but my good ole’ body said “take a break, lady”….SO I bought a stick-shift, Ford Ranger from a good friend and have been grateful that I finally learned how-to drive it!

My good ‘ole green jalopy, “Verde” is heading into the shop next week and our fall share sales or a donation of $, will support it’s necessary epic repairs!

Kindly requesting friends and families of our CSA to lean in w. a little help:

Join our Fall 2016 CSA: The Fall share is $200 single/$350 full, and will begin on Friday, September 30th through November 18th–an 8 week share, with the O’k Art & Crafty Fair scheduled in December, over the weekend of Dec. 11-12th. Friday pick-up happening at our DIGs garden-farm site, at 510 Second St., Traverse City.

OR, give a donation in any amount, and receive a signed, original print of, “Veg and Fruit Marathon” (pictured below).

Thanks for considering to support our very good and O’k CSA Cooperative!

Penny Krebiehl
[email protected]


O’k Design and Graphic Facilitation & Recording

Preview of “O'k Design  & GFR Logo 2016”














This time of year, while the gardens are still keeping me busy, I send out a little reminder about what I do once the white stuff starts falling….I’m pleased to share information with you about my other life as a artist/designer/illustrator and my Graphic Facilitation and Visual Recording Services. Through the language of lines I create charts, graphs and maps: a form of visual note-taking.

My drawing service provides:

~ Exercises for your brain! Which will improve understanding of what you wish to learn/design/implement—connecting verbal to visual material.

~ Helps you understand difficult terms/concepts better and filter out un-important details.

~ Directs and organizes the flow and relationships of shared discussions, new skills, and lessons you are trying to learn.

~ Visual note-taking and recording organizes thoughts, spots trends, illustrates patterns and allows you to see a natural picture of data you need to examine.

FOR INFORMATION on bringing my drawing services and visual note-taking to your meeting, discussion or conference contact:

[email protected]


You’re Invited: to join a very O’k Traverse City Urban Garden-Farm CSA!

Preview of “O'k CSA Fall 2015 Harvest Potluck”

BECOME a part of our growing garden-farming network in Traverse City: O’k CSA Co–op Share-holders.  This year, we are offering Full shares @ $450 and Half-size shares @ $275 of fresh vegetables, herbs and flower bouquets,  beginning June 15th, through September, with pick-up on Friday’s at our Peace Patch Garden at the corner of 7th & Oak, in Traverse City, Michigan.

Below is a list of our current 2016 garden-farm sites, and also a link to the announcement of the LLOOF work-exchange program which is accepting applications and trains garden-farming interns/students in our cooperative.
2016 O’k CSA Garden-Farm sites:
Cedar Lake East & North Garden-Farms, 12408 West Bay, TC (Beginning to design/layout, prep beds, amend soil)

DIGs, 510 Second St., TC (Our home-base for plants, seedlings and small mostly cold crop beds)

Frida’s Folly, 1120 W. Front St., TC (Mainly onion/garlic and lettuce growing garden-farm)

Little Artshram Teaching Garden,  875 Red Dr. TC (Longtime, wonderful sunny growing space, with perennial herbs & fruit)

Peace Patch, Seventh St., TC (This is our “host” on share-day, and full of brassicas and a variety of veg.)

Levi & Brenda Meeuwenberg, Realeyes Homestead, Traverse City, MI

WELCOME to our new Member/Growers:


Karen Comella, 8th Street, Traverse City, MI

Barb Tholen Small Ax Farm, Cochlin Ave., Traverse City, MI

Julie Hearne & Family Sunshine Farm, 501 Seventh St., TC

Information on the LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) program–Applications due March 1st: http://www.pennyokart.com/entry/2016-lloof-learning-local-on-organic-farms-traverse-city-mi-two-positions-available/

That’s all for now.

Adios, and see you real soon!

`penny Krebiehl and the 2016 O’k CSA crew, Flint Horton & Lance Masserant

[email protected]



EXPANDING & Extending the 2016 LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) Traverse City, MI: Two positions available!

The 2016 LLOOF program is gearing up for another season of growing, learning and sharing, and is offering an opportunity to area youth through adults to participate in a “grow your own” food and gardening experience in Grand Traverse County.  Beginning in 2003, O’k CSA has worked to develop a model apprentice/intern/mentoring program along with the support of Little Artshram to offer a comprehensive garden-farming educational experience, and fresh way to change our lifestyle and behaviors as a community of consumers.  The focus of our garden-farming programs are linked to building a local Traverse City food shed, sharing, celebrating and strengthening our NW Michigan and Traverse City community via these neighborhood/community garden learning and gathering places.


General info. about O’k CSA and Market Garden, and the LLOOF Program
O’k CSA, and our supportive partner, Little Artshram, and Northern Michigan Permaculture celebrates our 10th year as TC’s first Urban CSA involving area youth and adults as market garden-farmers.

In 2016, we continue to work towards tweaking and making improvements, and have created a “Cooperative CSA”.  Expanding beyond growing annual and perennial food in our 5 garden-farm sites in Traverse City, and 3 new member/growers joining O’k CSA this year.  We also include arts, crafts, produce and farm products like meat and eggs (on occasion) in our weekly Market Garden and O’k CSA shares.  The 2016 season will begin near the second Friday of June through September at our Peace Patch garden site on the corner of 7th and Oak Streets.

The LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) program which works in tandem w. the CSA, will continue to provide a work-exchange and permaculture training with green-collar jobs for older youth through adults.

The LLOOF program is based on providing opportunities for beginning gardeners/farmers interested in learning how to grow food—both perennial and annual crops adding a business/entrepreneurial aspect through 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.


Kerry Alspaugh, 2012 LLOOFer, harvesting rhubarb in the DIGS garden

Apply for a 2016 LLOOFing position by April 5th!

For an Application, Contact:  [email protected]   231-922-2014 (Please leave a message)

Basic HOW-to become a LLOOFer:  ALL applicants must have some basic experience in gardening, farming, and able to transport themselves to the garden-farm sites.  LLOOFers fill out application and sign an agreement that informs them of their work schedule/hours; and the Traverse City Permaculture Design Course schedule.   The value of the six-month training for each LLOOFer who completes the work-exchange agreement (commitment ) is offered as follows:

  • One on one, weekly garden-farm instruction/mentoring
  • CSA weekly food share, 10 weeks (July-Sept)
  • Permaculture Design Course, beginning NOWt hrough August (72 weekend hours, more infoon the course here:  www.nmipermaculture.org) To earn a PDC certificate requires no less than 72 hours of class time plus a group design project, field practice and a final test.

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 March through October 2016.

For an Application, Contact:  [email protected]   231-922-2014 (Please leave a message)