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Little Artshram’s Permaculture Urban Art Farm Project

Permaculture’s basic design system is rooted in agriculture, yet expands to include a multitude of issues that can help us understand how we can ally ourselves with nature, instead of trying to control it. Permaculture is a holistic set of ecological design principals that help answer how we can provide, in the city, suburbia, or rural areas, for our food, energy, shelter and other needs for an indefinate amount of time.

Little Artshram is developing a Permaculture Urban Art Farm project and curriculum for pre-school through college age students. We feel that absolutely, no child should be left behind of this educational and innovative practice of caretaking our human family, caretaking the Earth and giving something back. Our goal is to make accessable an easily implemented program which will seed a healthy, sustainable, creative community through permaculture education.

We’re looking forward to partnering with schools in the surrounding area, through workshops, Summer Art-Farm camps, school residency programs, Radical Monkey Gardening, Artist Apprentice and Mentoring Programs, and with the greater Grand Traverse community through the annual Earth Day Parade and Community Art Studio.

We envision, and are offering, to work in partnership to create a plan and begin implementing a thriving, vibrant Community Garden and Learning Center at the Rolling Centuries Farm on the old State Hospital grounds. One of our long term goals is to help initiate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation that is a student-run entreprenurial business for Rolling Centuries Farm, with year round programming and locally grown, organic food made available to the Grand Traverse community.

Our focus areas in our creative programming includes: food, water, shelter and community. The curriculum follows the permaculture practice of carefully studying natural patterns, cycles, and diversities, using the principles and ethics as a framework. We focus our programming for children and teens in several areas including: regenerative and organic gardening, art and music-making, wild-crafting, puppet and mask performances, natural earthen building, storytelling, music and dance, nature and wilderness studies, food production, greywater re-use, bio & myco-remediation, community-building, real-life consensus, social-justice and activist effectiveness.

The Permaculture Urban Art Farm Project is developing curriculum for programs in the following areas:

Our Community Out-Reach program plans include:

Interested in a Intro. to Permaculture and Art-Farm Teacher Training course? Contact us at the number below for more information. We’re planning a course in early summer.

Beginning in July, we will offer a Summer Art-Farm Camp for kids 1st-6th grade, and an Artist Apprentice and Mentoring Program. For further information, an example of a specific program curriculum and for a schedule of our Summer programs, please contact us at:

Little Artshram is a registered 501.c3 non-profit organization under the direction of Penny Krebiehl. Penny has completed the Earth Activist Training course as a Permaculture Design Consultant, and has over 20 years of experience as an art educator and community organizer.

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2 Comments »

  1. tony applegate said

    help!!!looking for a place to grow food within 3 miles of downtown t.c.-i live at riverview terrace and need to get back to growing. tony

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