Join us for a 4-week Spring Garden-Farming & Permaculture Class

We are STILL announcing and inviting folks to register for the class: “Making your Bountiful Garden a Perennial Polyculture”, which officially begins next Wednesday, March 29th(soft opening this week) and will highlight 3 of our O’k CSA garden-farm sites in Traverse City: DIGs garden (510 Second St.), the Peace Patch garden (501 Seventh) and Realeyes Homestead (9775 Cherry Bend Rd.)

We are super proud of our on-going efforts to grow more garden-farms and garden-farmers within the city limits of Traverse City—our version of a local/local/local urban farming project!

I’m including and especially honoring our Peace Patch garden-farm at the corner of 7th and Oak, as our first neighborhood and community growing site, which has hosted our Friday market and many local/foodie/farming & permaculture gatherings for the past 5+ years.

Please help us share this opportunity. Gracias.

Check out our little green growing sprouts and Learn how the Peace Patch neighborhood garden came to be! Join us and learn the how-to’s of kickstarting a neighborhood garden-farm cooperative!

Making your Bountiful Garden a Plant Polyculture is a Spring Class, 4 weeks in length March 29th – April 19th, of hands-on learning; demonstrations and sharing tips on how to make your garden, over time, grow an abundance of annual and perennial food.

We’ve created a collective of garden-farm sites in many neighborhoods, focusing on improving the soil, planting a diversity of annual and perennial veg, fruit and herbs—and all with a focus on educating and bringing neighbors and community together in many ways! This has especially been true of our very first garden-farm site, our beloved Peace Patch garden!

With a little permaculture planning and design you can create a series of polyculture “patch” gardens that together create an incredible garden-farm that is brimming with resilience, diversity, and saving you time watering, weeding, and dealing with pests.

Much information and many examples will be shared: Annual and perennial food plants, perennial support plants, minimal competition and maximum cooperation, and how each plant/shrub/tree species are adapted to it’s little patch/niche.

Please read the following downloadable PDF titled “The Essence of Permaculture” before the class begins, attached below and also here: https://permacultureprinciples.com/resources/free-downloads/

Consider adding these books to your personal library:

  • Rosemary Morrow, Earth Users Guide to Permaculture
  • Toby Hemenway, Gaia’s Garden and/or The Permaculture City
  • Mary Reynolds, The Garden Awakening
  • Any questions, please feel free to contact me!

    Class size limited,
    4 Wednesdays March 29-April 19th, 6-8 pm

    Register in Advance–email [email protected]

    Class Location: 510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, Michigan

    With hands-on at our Peace Patch garden and at Realeyes Homestead garden!

    Fee: $100.00 or
    $50/and a Gift Exchange/Barter

    Presented by permaculture educator and O’k CSA garden-farmer
    penny Krebiehl

    Co-hosted by Little Artshram and O’k CSA

    To register contact:
    [email protected]


    Class info also on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1316649545096574/

    Join our O’k CSA Cooperative, Summer 2016 membership info

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    Hello Very O’k friends and families,

    Welcome to the 2016 O’k CSA growing season!

    It’s that time of year again—the snow is no longer piled HIGH and we’ve begun celebrating the “Year of Monkey” according to the Chinese New Year. (More on monkey-biz below.) and it is, in fact, the beginning of our 2016 growing season.

    In addition to breaking ground w. Levi and Brenda Meeuwenberg out at their Realeyes Homestead property for our newest garden-farm site, this year’s membership options have changed up a bit, as we suggested last fall that they may.

     

    Here they are–NEW for 2016:

    • BECOME a O’k CSA Cooperative Member/Grower!  For folks who have been or interested in hosting a garden-farm site, have an option to take on their own garden-growing space if they so wish with a minimal input by myself and the O’k CSA garden-farm interns at the beginning of the season to get you off to a great start.   Member/Growers will tend, gather and deliver their weekly harvest to the Peace Patch garden site on Friday mornings, in exchange for a CSA share box from other member/growers.  Additionally, for Member/Growers, I would offer a consultation for a fee, which would familiarize you w. the garden-farm site’s beds already in production and/or cover a spring consultation and garden bed design plan, also offering an opportunity for you to order plant starts from our stash. Fee negotiable/cost of plant starts TBA.
    • BECOME or continue to be one of our O’k CSA Co–op Share-holders.  This year, we are offering Full shares @ $450 and Half-size shares @ $275 of fresh vegetables, herbs and flower bouquets,  beginning June 15th, through September, with pick-up on Friday’s at our Peace Patch Garden at the corner of 7th & Oak, in Traverse City, Michigan.
    • BECOME a O’k CSA Sponsor and help grow the “green-collar” jobs we offer to youth 18 years and older, by helping to provide an apprenticeship and mentoring relationship with educational opportunities for two positions in the 2016 growing season.

    Please share our good news with others that you think may wish to join us as growers, members or sponsors of our community and neighborhood garden-farming CSA.

    OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR O’k CSA COOPERATIVE:

    Check out our garden-farming (w. Biodynamic & Full/New Moon notations) and playfully illustrated 2016 Year of Monkey calendar, they can be ordered by clicking here.

    ALSO, you are warmly invited to attend a special evening of music, pie and permaculture sharing –on Sunday April 3rd in Traverse City–More info by clicking on here: Seth Bernard & Friends, Fundraiser for Permaculture Design Course.

    That’s all for now. Adios, and see you real soon!

    `penny Krebiehl

    [email protected]

     

    Market-Garden CSA 2016 Kick-off Flyer