Summertime CSA in lovely, downtown Traverse City!


Join a great group of folks who have been learning the ways of growing our own food in a cooperative of downtown Traverse City neighborhood gardens!  Whether you would like to choose a workshare and join us in tending and harvesting—or simply stop by our weekly market stand and pick up your share we are welcoming new members in our 2018 Summer Share season.

Contact us soon!—The Season begins the first week of July!

SUMMER Share (12 weeks, July 5th – September 20th)
$400 Family size, 4 people, All pay, or $200 Work Share (25 hours, reg. scheduled)
$275 Half share, 2 people, All pay, or $137.50 Work Share (25 hours, reg. scheduled)

Includes Salad mix and greens, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beets, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, potatoes, radish, green, yellow and soup beans, turnips, scallions, onions, garlic, basil a plethora of herbs, flower bouquets, specialty garden-farm tea-mixes and occasional artwork!

PLUS, we put together fantastic potlucks and are the originators of “The Farmer and The Chef” dinners!  Look for announcements and invitations to join in on these community “foodie” gatherings this summer and fall!

You can read more about us on our Facebook O’K CSA page where post weekly garden-farm news and photos, or at our website where we offer online payment.

STOP BY and visit me at our DIGs Garden-Farm,
Pay online here: http://www.pennyokart.com/shop/ or Snail mail your membership payment to:

Penny Krebiehl 510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Please make checks payable to Penny Krebiehl

THANKS for considering our sweet, little CSA as your source of local, fresh, and organically grown food!

231-922-2014
[email protected]
pennyokart.com

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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The Story of the Year of Chicken, Our Friend

It’s been a very busy and full 12 years, since illustrating and creating the first “Year of Farm Bird” calendar. This time around, the “Chicken, Our Friend” song and story-line shifts into serious territory with a deeper focus of “It takes a flock…” as the calendar’s wisdom intention, and sincere message encouraging a new path for us all.

2017 Year of Chicken, Our Friend calendar cover

2017 Year of Chicken, Our Friend calendar cover

 

 

 

 

Rooster-Chicken-Phoenix-Bird is a universal symbol of transformation, rebirth and eternity. Bird year is a time of practical endeavors, conscientiousness, hard work and discipline. It is also a time of expressing inner warmth and insight, a time for quietness and privacy with our flock of friends and loved ones. Whether individually or in community, planning ahead for protection and nourishment will lend itself to taking inevitable but wise risks, facing failure honestly, and moving onward to the path of humbling, beautiful success. This year we will be strongly asked to confront and deal with any stress along the way–not ignore it—-requiring application of creativity, organization and perseverance.

Singing praise to Chicken, who like Dog is truly one of human’s best friends, we can take note of it’s remarkable physical structure—both muscular and skeletal—which allows for flight when necessary. Chickens are warm-blooded creatures, and have very strong hearts and efficient one-way breathing systems. Among other attributes, in the “permaculture world”, we feature the Chicken as a way in which to teach an important aspect of applying and understanding system design. By naming it’s intrinsic characteristics, products/needs…we begin the process of assessing a particular element, or thing, as in a chicken as one of our family friends, in a system, that together with other things, contributes to the whole. This is a good, simple, visual lesson in understanding relationship, how we are connected and what benefits or does not benefit the system and the role of the caretakers. Chicken graciously lends itself and takes a center stage role with a bit of righteous flamboyance and practical perseverance in this lesson.

The Permaculture Chicken

The Permaculture Chicken

In 2017, Hens and Roosters alike, will remind us of choosing the directions of up and out—or freedom and expansion is also about love and justice. This path is for us any of us choosing to become authentic, transparent, humble, and sometimes vulnerable. We individually focus our intention and choose to do the hard work to become better human beings and trustworthy in the eyes of those around us. We can personally maintain, improve ourselves by practicing yoga, exercising daily, creating healthy routines and habits—especially working at strengthening our lungs and hearts. Both security and freedom are attainable when we take on self-health, pride and well-being.

Frida/Diego September Chicken

Frida/Diego
September Chicken

Here’s a whopping paragraph of short sentence guidelines for flocks of all sorts in 2017 inspired by an excellent, essay by a permaculture practitioner and teacher Ben Weiss. This offering of words, for the smart, just and loving Chickens, suggest that collectively through structure, deepening and experience, we build our flocks/communities and deepen relationships with others by:

Being clear about our values. Understanding oppression and empathizing with the oppressed. Understanding privilege. Recognizing privilege is the responsibility of the privileged. Understand environmental justice–the crossroads of environmentalism and social justice. Let go of intellectual superiority. Prepare to be invited. Get first-hand experience/make mistakes and learn from them. Don’t impose solutions. Withhold value judgements. Recognize personal and professional relationships. Prioritize the issues of the community. Address oppression issues before environmental issues. Have realistic expectations. When in Rome…Take some personal risks. Give gifts carefully. Be an ally & an advocate. Leave decision-making to the community. Train leaders from within the community. Channel the fire of the youth. Small victories are big victories. Know when to fold ‘em. Phase yourself out.

The Fire-bird-Rooster-Chicken, instructs us to tend to our daily chores while following the guidelines and patterns of the conscious, community oriented flock. This Chicken year asks you to play it smart and safe, with thoughtful and protracted observation–a much, much, MUCH deeper, respectful understanding of your relationship with others. It is the flock, the community, that must ultimately lead.

“When Chicken, our friend, governs, the people are hardly aware that she exists. Next best is the Chicken who is loved. Next, one who is feared. The worst is one who is despised.
If you don’t trust the people, you make them untrustworthy.
The Chicken our friend, doesn’t talk, she acts. When her work is done, the people say “Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!”
-Tao Te Chicken-Ching

Good Dog Marley and her Chicken friend, Pearl

Good Dog Marley and her Chicken friend, Pearl

Special Recognition and grateful thanks to the featured Chickens & Dog: Emmy Lou, Pearl, The Tree Sisters, Frida/Diego, Frodo, Merry, Pippin, Josaphina, Hazel Crow, Johnny Bingo(who got away), Half n’ Half, Bonnie & Clyde, and Marley the Good Dog–friend of Pearl.
Much Gratitude:

Ben Weiss’s essay “Pattern Language for the Privileged”
Justin Rhodes article: How Permaculture Chickens Could Revolutionize Your Entire Property

and Harvey Ussery, author of The Small Scale Poultry Flock

The 2017 Year of Chicken, Our Friend Calendar is illustrated, created and words gathered by ©`penny Krebiehl, 2005, 2016
Available locally in Traverse City, Michigan,

Contact: [email protected] Online ordering: www.pennyokart.com

Direct to online ordering of calendar with printed story HERE

Sales of this calendar will support the artist-farmer who teaches and practices permaculture and garden-farms in North West Michigan.

Thank you so much!

Sprouting! 2016 O’k CSA Cooperative, share/member/grower offerings

Getting Sprouty

Welcome, again to the 2016 O’k CSA growing season!

It’s time to finalize garden-farm planting charts and seed orders, and begin the $ investing in start-up costs, so please do respond this weekend if you are planning to join our O’k CSA Cooperative again.  Early bird membership fees end on Monday, February 29th! Below are the membership designations.

Here they are–NEW Membership options 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. Member/Grower fee:  $45, yearly membership, PLUS cost of plant starts and any on-site work.
  • 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.  Your support will help cover the registration fees for our CSA crew members to take the upcoming Traverse City Permaculture Design Course.

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.  Below is a list of our current 2016 garden-farm sites, and also a link to the announcement of the LLOOF work-exchange program which is accepting applications and trains garden-farming interns/students in our cooperative.

2016 O’k CSA Garden-Farm sites in and around Traverse City, Michigan:

Cedar Lake East & North Garden-Farms, 12408 West Bay, TC (Beginning to design/layout, prep beds, amend soil)

DIGs, 510 Second St., TC (Our home-base for plants, seedlings and small mostly cold crop beds)

Frida’s Folly, 1120 W. Front St., TC (Mainly onion/garlic and lettuce growing garden-farm)

Little Artshram Teaching Garden,  875 Red Dr. TC (Longtime, wonderful sunny growing space, with perennial herbs & fruit)

Peace Patch, Seventh St., TC (This is our “host” on share-day, and full of brassicas and a variety of veg.)

The Sunshine Farm, 501 Seventh St.,TC (A new garden hosting potatoes, tomatoes and peppers and more.)

And a warm WELCOME to our new Member/Growers, so far:

Karen Comella, 8th Street, Traverse City, MI
Barb Tholen homestead, Cochlin Ave., Traverse City, MI
Levi & Brenda Meeuwenberg, Realeyes Homestead, Traverse City, MI

And, if extra space is necessary, we may continue growing a few viney crops at our Far Away Garden, @ Baker’s Green Acres in Marion

Information on the LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) program–Applications due March 1st: http://www.pennyokart.com/entry/2016-lloof-learning-local-on-organic-farms-traverse-city-mi-two-positions-available/

That’s all for now.

Adios, and see you real soon!

`penny Krebiehl

[email protected]il.com

www.pennyokart.com

231-922-2014

2016 Permaculture Design Courses in Northern Michigan

Sharing news about a few permaculture design courses that are being offered in the Northern (lower)Michigan area, and I have the pleasure of being a part of the teaching teams:
2016 Traverse City Permaculture Design Course

Beginning March 19th-20th 9 am-5:30 pm (one weekend per month, thru August) This is a non-residential, modular 72 hour course with hands-on skills and training. Meets one weekend per month, March thru August in Traverse City, Michigan.
Teaching team: Kate Heibler Cobb, Rhonda Baird, Penny Krebiehl, and, Bridget O’ Brien—along with permaculture teachers/presenters: Toby Hemenway, Dan Kitteridge and other local, regional permaculture designers and practitioners.
On-line registration for the 2016 TC PDC here: www.nmipermaculture.org Registration/payment plan contact: Penny Krebiehl 231-922-2014 [email protected]
ALSO, Two permaculture courses happening in Onaway, Michigan  with over 72 hours of classroom and hands-on education.
Summer: July 17-3, with Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird and guests
Fall: October 9-21, with Penny Krebiehl, Kate Heiber-Cobb and guests
Those of us who live in Northern Michigan, love it here and want to keep the beauty we have found in nature, our neighbors and our lifestyles. We can take charge of our future! To preserve the best and improve the rest, we need a broader understanding of what has been going on, what it means and where it is heading. To prevent negative changes, enough of us need to see what is not obvious to everyone yet, nor visible at a glance. Limited to 40 students, each course.  To register for the Onaway courses, contact: Bob Lawrason, 989-733-5267

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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]m

 

Market-Garden CSA 2016 Kick-off Flyer

O’k CSA’s annual Solstice Crafty Fair, Sat. Dec. 19th!

What do we share in our annual artsy-crafty fair?

Original art, crafts and Special Wonders!!!  Healing salves from the gardens, Solstice Swags and wreaths, Knitted goods,  Aprons, Kootie-Buster Tea, Paintings/Drawings and Greeting Cards, Hand-dipped, Beeswax Candles 6 to10 inch pairs, from $6.00 to $9.00 per pair. Lovely Solstice Swags, Year of Monkey Yoga Calendar and cards, and lotsa, really beautiful hand-knit goods!

Come share a cup of tea and a slice of Lemon Poppyseed Solstice Cake!

O’k Art Studio’s Annual Solstice Crafty Fair is NEXT weekend:

Saturday, Dec. 19th, 10 am to 4 pm

Where: O’k Art Studio (Penny’s little home-place)
510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, MI

Brought to you by a couple of O’k and Pretty-Good, artsy-craft sisters: Clarice Krebiehl Gallimore and Penny Krebiehl

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Solstice Swags

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These two wanna feed You! Farmer & Chef Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 14th in TC

The Farmer & The Chef Dinner, No. 2

Hosted By The Blk\Mrkt Coffee & Eatery
144 Hall St., Traverse City, MI 49684

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 6:00 pm

A special evening of fresh, local food, grown by O’k CSA Cooperative, and prepared by a local Chef!

  • Limited to 25 guests
  • Family style service
  • BYOD & T (Drink and Tableservice)
  • $35.00 per person

Advance Reservations, by calling:  248-565-6494

With grateful thanks to our hosts, the Farmer and Chef Dinners are brought to you by,

Chef Ali Lopez, ali-lopez.com

and, Art-Farmer, Penny Krebiehl, pennyokart.com

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O’k CSA Friday Market OPENing this week!

THIS FRIDAY! July 17th, 4 to 6 pm, our first, official Friday Market will be open to share our veggie, herbs, art & craft goods with passer-bys at our Peace Patch Garden location.

Peace Patch Garden is located at the corner of 7th and Oak St. in Traverse City.

Stop by and support truly local, efforts by garden-farmers and artists who are growing and producing good food & art for good people!

O'k CSA Cooperative, Traverse City's first urban CSA!

Spring Open House & O’k CSA Cooperative 2015 Summer Share

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You’re invited to join a great group of Veg, Fruit and Folks at our Spring Open-House and learn more about our 2015  Summer O’k CSA Cooperative!

JOIN US at our Spring Open-House and 2015 Summer CSA kick-off and potluck:

Friday, May 29th, 6 to 8 pm, at our DIGs garden-farm site,

510 Second St., Traverse City, Michigan

Bring a dish to share and your own tableware, we’ll be dining picnic style in our backyard around a campfire, if weather permits!

O’k CSA believes that food is art and art is food.

In 2005, our idea of “sharing” what we grow began in the winter months by sharing artwork, with
a series of drawings, paintings and an annual “Year of…” calendar, featuring a Mid-Western version of the Chinese New Year calendar.

It’s now 10 years later and our unique Traverse City based, urban CSA continues to share local and regional Michigan artworks, alongside of good, healthy, pesticide & chemical-free produce. Each of our gardens are designed with permanent growing beds, and reflect a beautiful nature inspired, organizational structure following permaculture design practices.

As the summer season approaches, with just a few shifts and twists and turns, the O’k CSA Studio and garden-farm sites are gearing up for another great season, and we invite you to join this great, little, local community gathering of folks who care about the food they eat and act on the urge to be supportive of the arts!

SIGN-UP for a Summer Season of great company, good food and art. Check out info on our website where you can sign up online here:

http://www.pennyokart.com/?page_id=1147

MORE INFO:
[email protected]
www.pennyokart.com
231-922-2014
Above illustration: 
“Veg and Fruit Marathon”
by © `penny Krebiehl 2012
Below:

“Veggie Fist” from the Garden Hands for Diego Series,
by © `penny Krebiehl 2014

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