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Applications accepted through March 20th! Growing Our Local Food Infrastructure: Urban Garden-Farm project begins in Traverse City, MI


We are extending the invitation and application process through March 20th, to find a few more LLOOFers for our 2013 project—-please consider joining us or share this info. with someone who might benefit from learning the skills of garden-farming, permaculture and more. THANKS!

Download an application for the LLOOF program here (PDF):
Cover Letter –
Application & Agreement –

Download a brochure to become a shareholder in O’k CSA here:

The LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farm) project is a comprehensive, 30-week program for students to learn the ins and outs of how to be a successful urban garden-farmer. The LLOOF project is a change-making opportunity working cooperatively with Little Artshram and collaboratively with O’k CSA and Market Garden.

Students will work with a team of instructors to run a neighborhood CSA + gain a 72-hour Permaculture certification + work with practitioners and sites around the city of Traverse City + rural farmers + community food leaders, including owners of businesses, directors of nonprofits, and city and county officials related to urban food gardening and farming. The curriculum will include a full range of topics, from design and budgeting, to soil fertility, harvesting and preservation, to 3 or MORE ways to compost, to bio-char and animal husbandry, to herbal medicine and forest gardens, and more. The LLOOF main ‘campus’ is at O’k Studio, an art studio and living learning laboratory in downtown Traverse City. Each week an activity and/or workshop will be hosted at other sites in and around Traverse City, as well as, Bakers Green Acres in Marion, Michigan.

The LLOOF project will run May 6 – November 13; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9am – 5pm + four independent learning hours. In its second year, the LLOOF project will accept 12 students (285 hours of work exchange asked of each). Applications are being accepted now on a first come, first served basis, followed by a brief interview.

Students will also attend a one-week learning immersion hosted by O’k CSA and the LLOOF project. A database of potential employers, community mentors and educational resources will be shared with each student. Multimedia storytelling and documentation will be included in each week’s activities so that students gain skills in how to tell their stories on what they are doing, and why it’s important to them, their communities, and in today’s world.

The goal of the LLOOF project is to train people in their local communities, who can help establish neighborhood CSA’s, green schoolyards, community gardens, farm-to-restaurant projects, and overall urban food security. Students will learn how to 1) maximize yields in minimal space, 2) diversify garden-farm production, 3) connect the dots between gardening, farming and potential partners, clients, community cooperatives and collaborators, and stakeholders, 4) demonstrate what is possible in one backyard, and 5) further the meaning of food security in our cities. This food-centric project brings together enthusiastic farm- and food-growing students with the practitioners, the projects, the networks, the skills, and the visions to effectively garden-farm in the city.

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Go to this link for more detailed info/photos on the LLOOF project:

For additional images and further inquiries about the LLOOF project please contact: [email protected] 231-922-2014