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.

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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.

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

Apply for a 2016 LLOOFing position by April 5th!

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

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