Sprouting! 2016 O’k CSA Cooperative, share/member/grower offerings

Getting Sprouty

Welcome, again to the 2016 O’k CSA growing season!

It’s time to finalize garden-farm planting charts and seed orders, and begin the $ investing in start-up costs, so please do respond this weekend if you are planning to join our O’k CSA Cooperative again.  Early bird membership fees end on Monday, February 29th! Below are the membership designations.

Here they are–NEW Membership options for 2016:

  • BECOME a O’k CSA Cooperative Member/Grower!  For folks who have been or interested in hosting a garden-farm site, have an option to take on their own garden-growing space if they so wish with a minimal input by myself and the O’k CSA garden-farm interns at the beginning of the season to get you off to a great start.   Member/Growers will tend, gather and deliver their weekly harvest to the Peace Patch garden site on Friday mornings, in exchange for a CSA share box from other member/growers.  Additionally, for Member/Growers, I would offer a consultation for a fee, which would familiarize you w. the garden-farm site’s beds already in production and/or cover a spring consultation and garden bed design plan, also offering an opportunity for you to order plant starts from our stash. Member/Grower fee:  $45, yearly membership, PLUS cost of plant starts and any on-site work.
  • BECOME or continue to be one of our 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.
  • BECOME a O’k CSA Sponsor and help grow the “green-collar” jobs we offer to youth 18 years and older, by helping to provide an apprenticeship and mentoring relationship with educational opportunities for two positions in the 2016 growing season.  Your support will help cover the registration fees for our CSA crew members to take the upcoming Traverse City Permaculture Design Course.

Please share our good news with others that you think may wish to join us as growers, members or sponsors of our community and neighborhood garden-farming CSA.  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 in and around Traverse City, Michigan:

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.)

The Sunshine Farm, 501 Seventh St.,TC (A new garden hosting potatoes, tomatoes and peppers and more.)

And a warm WELCOME to our new Member/Growers, so far:

Karen Comella, 8th Street, Traverse City, MI
Barb Tholen homestead, Cochlin Ave., Traverse City, MI
Levi & Brenda Meeuwenberg, Realeyes Homestead, Traverse City, MI

And, if extra space is necessary, we may continue growing a few viney crops at our Far Away Garden, @ Baker’s Green Acres in Marion

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

[email protected]

www.pennyokart.com

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The Monkey in the Garden and our 2016 O’k CSA Cooperative

The monkey in me, likes to begin the growing season w. fond memories of the fun-fun-fun of the work-work-work of planting and tending a garden and growing food for myself and others!  While I may not be quite this flexible in 2016 as I was back in 2000, we still do our daily yoga in the gardens–once the snow takes leave!

A GREAT way to join in on the fun-work is to support and/or join our Very O’k CSA Cooperative—a community supported group of garden-farms right in the Traverse City–city limits!

And because of all of this monkey-bizness—the first five folks/families that sign up or renew their membership will also receive a “Year of Monkey” calendar that is coming hot of the press this week!

Here’s this year’s CSA Share info for you to consider: http://www.pennyokart.com/
And our on-line sign-up is here: http://www.pennyokart.com/product-category/2016-csa/

Questions? You may contact me via email to set up a chat via phone: [email protected]

Below, Chinese brush-sketch of Downward Monkey-Dog, © `penny Krebiehl 2016

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Year of Monkey Yoga 2016 Calendar

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We are pleased to share an illustrated journey of time to enliven the monthly experience of the New Year of 2016:

The Year of the Monkey and Monkey Yoga!

This is a 12 month calendar, which follows along the Chinese New Year tradition with a meaningful mid-western twist of imagination and story-telling.

As an artist, storyteller and seeker of what-when-how and why, I find Monkey to be an entertaining, delightful imagined compañero. I think of the Monkey in this illustrated calendar-story as a “he”—a little brother type companion who sometimes, like the character Hanuman in the Ramayana, is a bit of a forgetful prankster—but also dearly holds the quality of a devoted little furry amigo, comforter, challenger, a special imagined companion.

As we step into another year of work and play, this little Monkey can also keep us moving on a wonderful Yoga path. We’ll learn and relearn together, the relationship and connections of moving our body and minds into a healthy and purifying place of balance. Why not? Monkey Yoga––Yahoo!

Just in time for the Year of Monkey to officially begin on February 8th.

More details about the calendar:

  • A 12 Month Calendar, February 2016-January 2017 ~ With original drawings and inspired messages, offering a way, month to month, through pictures and words of honest, playful and positive guidance by the inspired teachings that link a wise little Monkey friend with the practice of Yoga.
  • Monthly New & Full Moon notations, and NEW this year, Bio-dynamic Sowing & Planting notations
  • Illustrated & created by `penny Krebiehl

A portion of the sales of this calendar will benefit Little Artshram’s Permaculture and Art Education programs in Michigan, specifically an upcoming Permaculture Design Course in Traverse City (More information: 2016 Traverse City Permaculture Design Course).

Click here to head over to the O’k CSA Shop!
Pre-order your 2016-2017 Calendar now!

Click here to head over to the O'k CSA Shop and pre-order your 2016-2017 Calendar now!

Click here to head over to the O’k CSA Shop!
Pre-order your 2016-2017 Calendar now!

2016 Permaculture Design Courses in Northern Michigan

Sharing news about a few permaculture design courses that are being offered in the Northern (lower)Michigan area, and I have the pleasure of being a part of the teaching teams:
2016 Traverse City Permaculture Design Course

Beginning March 19th-20th 9 am-5:30 pm (one weekend per month, thru August) This is a non-residential, modular 72 hour course with hands-on skills and training. Meets one weekend per month, March thru August in Traverse City, Michigan.
Teaching team: Kate Heibler Cobb, Rhonda Baird, Penny Krebiehl, and, Bridget O’ Brien—along with permaculture teachers/presenters: Toby Hemenway, Dan Kitteridge and other local, regional permaculture designers and practitioners.
On-line registration for the 2016 TC PDC here: www.nmipermaculture.org Registration/payment plan contact: Penny Krebiehl 231-922-2014 [email protected]
ALSO, Two permaculture courses happening in Onaway, Michigan  with over 72 hours of classroom and hands-on education.
Summer: July 17-3, with Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird and guests
Fall: October 9-21, with Penny Krebiehl, Kate Heiber-Cobb and guests
Those of us who live in Northern Michigan, love it here and want to keep the beauty we have found in nature, our neighbors and our lifestyles. We can take charge of our future! To preserve the best and improve the rest, we need a broader understanding of what has been going on, what it means and where it is heading. To prevent negative changes, enough of us need to see what is not obvious to everyone yet, nor visible at a glance. Limited to 40 students, each course.  To register for the Onaway courses, contact: Bob Lawrason, 989-733-5267

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Join our O’k CSA Cooperative, Summer 2016 membership info

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Hello Very O’k friends and families,

Welcome to the 2016 O’k CSA growing season!

It’s that time of year again—the snow is no longer piled HIGH and we’ve begun celebrating the “Year of Monkey” according to the Chinese New Year. (More on monkey-biz below.) and it is, in fact, the beginning of our 2016 growing season.

In addition to breaking ground w. Levi and Brenda Meeuwenberg out at their Realeyes Homestead property for our newest garden-farm site, this year’s membership options have changed up a bit, as we suggested last fall that they may.

 

Here they are–NEW for 2016:

  • BECOME a O’k CSA Cooperative Member/Grower!  For folks who have been or interested in hosting a garden-farm site, have an option to take on their own garden-growing space if they so wish with a minimal input by myself and the O’k CSA garden-farm interns at the beginning of the season to get you off to a great start.   Member/Growers will tend, gather and deliver their weekly harvest to the Peace Patch garden site on Friday mornings, in exchange for a CSA share box from other member/growers.  Additionally, for Member/Growers, I would offer a consultation for a fee, which would familiarize you w. the garden-farm site’s beds already in production and/or cover a spring consultation and garden bed design plan, also offering an opportunity for you to order plant starts from our stash. Fee negotiable/cost of plant starts TBA.
  • BECOME or continue to be one of our 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.
  • BECOME a O’k CSA Sponsor and help grow the “green-collar” jobs we offer to youth 18 years and older, by helping to provide an apprenticeship and mentoring relationship with educational opportunities for two positions in the 2016 growing season.

Please share our good news with others that you think may wish to join us as growers, members or sponsors of our community and neighborhood garden-farming CSA.

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR O’k CSA COOPERATIVE:

Check out our garden-farming (w. Biodynamic & Full/New Moon notations) and playfully illustrated 2016 Year of Monkey calendar, they can be ordered by clicking here.

ALSO, you are warmly invited to attend a special evening of music, pie and permaculture sharing –on Sunday April 3rd in Traverse City–More info by clicking on here: Seth Bernard & Friends, Fundraiser for Permaculture Design Course.

That’s all for now. Adios, and see you real soon!

`penny Krebiehl

[email protected]

 

Market-Garden CSA 2016 Kick-off Flyer