Become a LLOOFer, with O’k CSA Cooperative Spring/Summer/Fall 2017

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)

 

 

Love and Ate….Veg and Art for You and Yours

Hello friends of O’k CSA Cooperative,

It’s time to get our final numbers together for the 2017 Spring and Summer CSA shares! Cut off date for registration is coming up, February 28, 2017.

It’s also time for me to come out of Gramma-land (for a minute) and Winter-Studio hibernation to pay rent for O’k CSA’s headquarters on Second St., make final seed orders and get the ole’ farm truck insurance paid.

BIG news is that this winter, I’ve been working to complete a whole BIG bunch of garden-farming work in my studio: a series of garden-farming and permaculture inspired story books and curriculum guides for little and big people. This work has been on my drawing board in one form or another for several years, and this winter w. my downstate travel to tend to my daughter, Allison’s needs and my grand.babe, Josie, I was able to take it along and delve deeper into that work. I’m excited to share this w. you all as a part of the 2017 seasons’ “art-share”! I’ll keep you posted on the (cross my fingers) printing/publication dates!

Here’s the info on our share offerings for 2017:

NEW! Spring Greens (9-weeks, March 24th-May 19th) $100 for season. Produce includes: salad mix, spinach, and cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards) and herbs

Summer CSA ( 12 weeks, June 23-Sept. 16th) $400-All Pay, or $200-Work-Share for season. Produce includes: salad mix and greens, cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards), carrots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beets, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, potatoes, radish, green/yellow beans, soup beans, turnips, scallions, onions, garlic, basil, herbs, flowers and more!

(For any of you who have been in our CSA in years past, and have had a half share and wish to continue w. a full pay for a half-share, we can continue at the same share fee we used last summer which would be $275.00. )

You can read more here about our wonderful Traverse City based CSA Cooperative: http://www.pennyokart.com/…/sign-up-for-ok-csa-cooperative…

We offer On-line subscriptions: http://www.pennyokart.com/product-category/2017-csa/

You can also snail mail your membership w. a check to me, by private messaging me.

Likewise I can give answers to questions about our CSA offerings, via phone-call or email.

Lotsa’ embracing carrot love for you all,

`penny O’Krebiehl

[email protected]

231-922-2014

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Home is where the Garden is.


Sign-up for O’k CSA Cooperative local, seasonal Veg-fruit-herbs!

With the help of a little sun, rain and good earth, we have the privilege of doing beautiful work! We design and plant gardens and share food in our O’k CSA Cooperative and today, at the beginning of February, is a good day to say “Hello” to our seeds and to do our  blessing and thanking of these little, amazing vessels of power! 

We’ve been growing gardens in neighborhood yards and community spaces, and sharing veg, fruit and herbs with friends and families in  Traverse City since July of 2008.  We invite you to celebrate the current “Year of the Chicken with us by joining our CSA-Cooperative by becoming a share member of our Spring Greens Share (9-weeks, Beginning in March 24th-May 19th), and/or our Summer Share (12 weeks, Beginning June 23-Sept. 16th). We have a new system this year, along with the new Spring Greens offering, for the Summer Share, rather than a full and half size share, we are offering a “all-pay” or “work-share”.

On-line sign up is quick and easy here: 2017 O’k CSA Share Options

Here’s the info on our share offerings for 2017:

NEW! Spring Greens (DELAYED—Will begin approx. 2nd week of April, 9-weeks) $100 for season. Produce includes: salad mix, spinach, and cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards) and herbs

Summer CSA ( 12 weeks, June 23-Sept. 16th) $400-All Pay, or $200-Work-Share for season. Produce includes: Perennial and Annual veg-fruit and herbs, salad mix and greens, cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards), carrots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beets, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, potatoes, radish, green/yellow beans, soup beans, turnips, scallions, onions, garlic, basil, herbs, flowers and more!

The aim of O’k CSA is to explore and have fun sharing connections between art education, and the practice of ecological design and thinking. We are focused on creatively and intelligently, designing ways to live wisely and well, and that means not just learning the “HOW-to’s”, but also what it takes and then the doing of it. We honor the earth and have great passion for teaching, learning, experiencing, art, community garden-farming and ecological education. Since 2008, we have been building a community network of garden-farms in Traverse City, empowering folks and whole neighborhoods to grow food not lawns, with an emphasis on soil not oil (As in what we use and care for in order to grow our food).

O’k CSA’s garden-farms in Traverse City, Michigan, are located in and around the Central School neighborhood, and at Realeyes Homestead, w. 7 active garden-farm sites (approx. 2500 sq. ft of growing space) spread out within a 3-5 mile radius—-most are within a 5-20 minute bike ride, on the Tart Trail, depending on traffic on Front Street and Hwy. 31.

Our primary goal is to GROW healthy, nutritious food nine months of the year in our temperate climate zone next to Lake Michigan; and to produce healthy, nutritional food to eat alongside of educational opportunities—developing permaculture and garden-farming skill-sets for others while we also utilize and benefit from those skills ourselves.

This includes applying hands-on learning experiences at our “garden-farm, land-share” sites where we not only re-learn and live our connection to nature, but also learn where our food comes from, how we grow it, harvest it and just what it REALLY means to feed ourselves and our families.

This year in addition to selling our CSA shares, we are working to raise funds to put in a small orchard, install drip irrigation systems in all the garden-farm sites, improve, feed and monitor soil and plant health, build a greenhouse and work-station/tool/supply building where we can also hold small classes and prep our CSA shares.

We are devoted to doing our very best which means giving VERY O’k and MORE THAN Pretty Good service. Plus, we love what we do.

Sign-up online here:  O’k CSA Share Options

CONTACT:
[email protected]
231-922-2014

Sandy and Doug, 2016 CSA

 

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