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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]

231-922-2014
www.pennyokart.com

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Under the snow: SOIL! What we’re up to this winter…..

Flint in Frida's winter garden
Although we are covered in a beautiful, deep layer of snow up here in Northern Michigan,  many of us garden-farmers are preparing for the coming growing season.  For O’k CSA and some of our Cooperative partners, it’s a time when we not only sort/organize our saved seeds, and begin planting charts and garden-bed planning, it’s also a time to delve deeper in areas of study that will benefit our gardens.  This year’s shared popular theme in Northern Michigan seems to be SOIL!
We’ve been planning, with a few of our other garden-farming partners to bring Dan Kitteridge of the Bionutrient Food Association to Michigan, and have scheduled a February 2-day workshop, with more information shared below.

But first, coming up very soon, is the annual Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference a welcome reprieve for our green-yearnings and a wonderful, annual winter gathering and social/networking event.  Last year, I had the challenging pleasure of graphically recording a three of the workshop sessions. (I’ll post some of those illustrated wall charts in the next few weeks.) This year, in a day before opportunity, on Friday, January 23rd, Peter Bane and Keith Johnson, two of our permaculture mentors, will be amongst those sharing wisdom and knowledge and giving a presentation at the Farm School…more info here:  http://artmeetsearth.org/farm-school

The N. MI Small Farm Conference is a full day of workshops on farming, business planning, livestock, soil science and more. Friday evening keynote at the Hagerty Center is Winona LaDuke. Saturday’s keynote at the Grand Traverse Resort is Gary Zimmer. For more information and to register, visit www.smallfarmconference.com
For those who wish to further study, plan and prepare for the growing season:

O’k CSA, Little Artshram, Baker’s Green Acres and the Anyone Can Farm program are co-sponsoring a 2-day workshop on High Bionutrient Crop Production  w. Dan Kitteridge, February 21 and 22nd  http://bionutrient.org/workshops  Our plans include creating a network w. others around the bio-region in acquiring shared resources, shared knowledge/support.  The learning focus of the series includes soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. Also taking it out of the “classroom” to help establish a relational infrastructure among growers that will provide the basis for increasing collaboration between them, and also with the businesses and organizations that supply their needs and buy their products.REGISTRATION IN ADVANCE, necessary.

SIGN-up HERE: http://bionutrient.org/workshops

JOIN US in gaining greater knowledge and understanding of soil and crop production w. others who are growing food…The High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

DON’T FORGET:  You’ll need to have a soil test and bring info regarding your soil to the workshop. Here is a how-to….http://bionutrient.org/soil-test…

Held at Baker’s Green Acres in Marion, Michigan.

To make reservations for overnight stay, or for directions:

231-825-0293

www.anyonecanfarm.com

www.bakersgreenacres.com

Co-sponsored by Bakers Green Acres, Anyone Can Farm program and Little Artshram and O’k CSA Cooperative

Additional info, regarding car-pooling from TC:
[email protected]
231-922-2014

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O’k Art: Graphic Facilitation and Visual Recording

Preview of “O'k Art- Graphic Services 2014”

 

WELCOME to the O’k Art-part of my CSA offerings! 

I’m pleased to share information with you about 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.

Below are samples of wall charts or maps of group discussions I created for the Food and Farm Summit organized by the Michigan Land Use Institute in 2013.  This was an exciting and challenging recording adventure for me,  designed as a modified version of a “World Cafe” organization model.  Folks chose topic-tables to sit at, then with the help of a facilitator/note-taker who worked w. me recording conversations had limited time to brainstorm, then moved to another table/discussion in the “cafe”.

I came into this graphic recording job, with my paper roll, drawing tools and a very little bit of outline/prep shared with me by the designer/facilitator of the day-long event, and with consideration of conversations that included 120 people!

The targeted topics/goals of the 2013 Food and Farm Summit were to:

  • Articulate and celebrate successes for farmers in the NW Region and State of Michigan
  • Identify gaps in service, coverage, effort
  • Create a venue for active participation and a call to action.
  • Re-energize or build momentum on specific issues
  • Connect with people who can help, advise and fund projects/needs
  • Identify “do-able action” and find places “where I can fit in”

Below are 5 of the 12 wall charts/maps that were loosely outlined beforehand, and then drawn in real-time at the event,  and colored in after the event.  Supplied with a plethora of note-taking and bits of shared ideas/brainstorming coming from each of the 12 tables of attendees, I recorded the ideas shared.  You can view all of the charts at the MLUI office, on Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan.

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

[email protected]   

231-922-2014

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