What is LLOOF? LLOOF stands for: Learning Local on Organic Farms, a program we developed ourselves—modeled after and with a bit of a twist from the worldwide offerings via WWOOF.
Beginning in 2003, O’k CSA has worked to develop this 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, and to spread permaculture education and practices in Northern Michigan.
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 along with Realeyes Homestead celebrates our 11th year as TC’s first Urban CSA involving area youth and adults as market garden-farmers.
In 2017, 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 grower/member gardens joining O’k CSA last 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 2017 season will begin with a Spring Greens share on March 24th and the Summer Share beginning June 23 through September at our Peace Patch garden site on the corner of 7th and Oak Streets, in Traverse City, Michigan.
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.
Apply for a 2017 LLOOFing position by March 10th!
For an Application, mail a letter of intent and your availability March-October 2017 to: [email protected]
Basic HOW-to become a LLOOFer: ALL applicants must have some basic experience or a passionate interest in learning gardening, farming; strong work ethic; reliable (early morning, evening and weekend shifts—we don’t work in the hot/middle part of the day); enjoy working outdoors in all kinds of weather; and able to transport themselves to the garden-farm sites. LLOOFers send a letter of intent, then will be sent an application to fill out. After a phone/in person interview LLOOFers sign an agreement that informs them of work schedule/hours; and the Northern Michigan Permaculture Design Course schedule. The value of the nine-month training for each LLOOFer who completes the work-exchange agreement (commitment ) is offered as follows:
- One on one, weekly garden-farm instruction/mentoring throughout a growing season
- CSA Summer weekly food share, 12 weeks (June-Sept)
- Permaculture Design Course, tentatively scheduled for August (72 hours, more info COMING SOON 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-eight months of Permaculture and Garden-Farming experiential learning, beginning in March through October 2017.
For an Application, Contact: [email protected] 231-922-2014 (Please leave a message)