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Art-Farm Camp updates on the dates and fees….

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This lovely swallowtail kept me company while planting a bed of cabbage and dill in the Art-Farm teaching garden….

Little Artshram’s Fourth Annual
Summer Art-Farm Beehive Camp
at the Community Gardens in Traverse City!

THANKS TO the ART-OFF event, hosted at Right Brain Brewery,

and sponsored by many, on June 14th

we are able to reduce our camp fees to $99.00 and offer scholarships to kids in need!

Please note also, that registration is now open for the following weeks:

July 21-25
August 4-8
August 11-15

Girls OUTLOUD! Art-Farm Camp
August 18-22

(Download the registration form here–2 pages):

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Children and youth, ages 6 and older have the opportunity to experience the magical blend of gardening, art, music and learning a deeper appreciation for the natural world. The Art-Farm Camps take place at the Community Gardens near the historic barns. This year we are partnering with the Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI) to begin developing an Art-Farm Youth Entrepreneurial Market Garden, and also, with the TC Primitive Skills Core Group to expand our Wandering in the Woods Nature Awareness program. It’s going to be a great summer!


The Art-Farm programs follow the Permaculture practice of carefully studying natural patterns, cycles and diversities. The focus areas are: food, water, shelter and community. The curriculum is a blend of art and music-making, organic gardening, natural building projects, nature awareness and primitive skills.

At the Community Gardens, Art-Farm Campers will tend and help grow a variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs in a teaching garden plot and assist the interns and mentor in the Youth Entrepreneurial Market Gardens as they work towards growing food to take to various markets. Each week we will create puppets or masks, story-tell, sing and perform a puppet teach-in at a special family-picnic at the Community Gardens. We will learn about “forest gardening”, play wilderness awareness games, learn about trees and wild plants that grow in the Munson Woods, and practice primitive skills like fox-walking and learning bird language. Other projects include, painting, cartooning and nature sketching, and garbage art and natural-found instrument making.

Each weekly camp accommodates 25 children/youth, ages 6 and older with a staff of two-three adult leaders and two Art-Farm Apprentices.

The Art-Farm Day Camps are offered, Monday through Friday, 10-3 PM
Beehive Camps (1st-6th grade, 6 years and older)


July 21-25
August 4-8
August 11-15

Girls OUTLOUD! Art-Farm Camp
August 18-22
Art-Farm Apprentice(13 years and older) and Teacher Training:
This week! June 16-20th, 2008 (M-F 10-3PM)

Mark your calendars for our end of summer and second annual

Art-Farm and Traverse City Harvest Festival, Saturday, Sept. 20th!

For more information about the Beehive Camp, Art-Farm Apprentice or Art-Farm Intern Program contact: 231-510-3491 or penny@littleartshram.org
visit us at: www.littleartshram.org

We are a registered 501.c3 organization, and you are invited to “sponsor” a camper!

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Little A and Friends, May Skill-share….


Saturday May 17th, Skill Share:
A Creative Leap from Community Gardening
to Wandering in the Woods
Traverse City, Michigan


The focus areas of this skill-share are:   Food, Water,
Shelter and Community, with an invitation to expand our creative minds
through an introduction of Permaculture’s basic and ancient wisdom.


This one-day of workshops will integrate the topics of: Permi-Arts through storytelling and music-making;
Building a Community Garden or growing your food in your backyard;
Wandering in the Woods–fine-tuning our Nature Awareness and Primitive Skills;
and, to offer simple
ways to become more self-reliant and earth-friendly.

WHERE:  The TC Community Gardens and Art-Farm Workshop,
and the nearby Munson Woods, in Traverse City, Michigan

TIME:  9:00 AM until dusk,
This is an all-day affair!
SO, bring a sack lunch and something to drink, and a dish to share for the evening potluck.

(P.S. ZERO-Trash please. Pack it in, Pack it out)

COST:  $5.00 donation per workshop, thanks!
PLEASE, R.S.V.P. by REGISTERING for the workshops of your choice.

Sponsored by:  Little Artshram, The TC Primitive Skills Core Group,
The Herbal Alliance of Northern Michigan & Community Garden friends…

For more information and registration form:
http://www.littleartshram.org
231-510-3491

Here’s the mighty wonderful schedule so far…..

9AM-introduction, on-going all day,  Permi-Puppet Theater
A family-friendly basic hands-on workshop of Permiculture’s ethics and principles. Pull your puppet troupe together, and join in on a day-long, mini-design Puppet and Mask theater project.  Permi-Puppet Theater performances will be presented during our evening potluck and music gathering.

9:30-introduction, on-going all day,   Rewilding
Edible plants including a salad mix and teas…Water demonstration of improvised filtering techniques.  Also rock boiling, the solar still, the transpiration bag, and more….Debris hut shelter, and other examples…..Friction fire demonstration/workshop.

10-11 AM   Gardening for “Squares”  with Lou Blouin

This workshop will teach you basic intensive gardening techniques that allow you to grow way more vegetables in less space with less watering and weeding. Through an understanding of soil conditioning, efficient garden planning, and techniques like mulching you’ll learn how to grow a compact backyard garden that’s more productive than you ever thought possible.  

10-11 AM  Fairy Finding Fundamentals with Nadia & Sonja Daniels Moehle( & David and Amy)
(Re)learn to walk in nature from a child or fairy’s perspective.  Create outdoors works of art that disappear into nature.  We’ll walk and collect and create.  Equipment needs:  Imagination. 

12 Noon demo, on-going   Seed Bomb-makin’
Definition: (noun) Tidy packages composed of seeds mixed with dense, fertile compost, wrapped in a protective coating of mineral-rich clay.

1-2 PM  Compost Building and Compost Tea

Always wanted to learn compost?  Let Bev Howes help you start your free soil-building system and brew up some tasty tea.

2-3 PM  Nature Journaling
Learn a simple book-binding technique with recycled and natural found objects, with a “how-to” cartoon/illustrate as you record and practice the careful study of observing natural patterns.

2-3 PM  Family Herbal with by Kathy Bartell

Nature teaches us that plants, animals and people all depend on each other and that all things in nature work together. An herb plant is commonly known as a useful plant for flavoring, tea or medicine. This workshop is focused on herbs and understanding the interdependence and responsibility that they provide.  We’ll make a Living Spice Rack & Natures’ Medicine Chest. 

3-4 PM  The Wonderful World of Soil

with Kirk Waterstripe

4-5 PM  Frog Walk

with Steve Lagerquist

4-6 PM   Plant Swap
Sponsored by the Herbal Alliance of Northern Michigan.  Bring a plant, take a plant….Bring two plants, take two plants….Seed and seedling sharing also.

6 PM until ?  Potluck with Puppet Shows and Music-making afterwards!

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TC Community Gardens–Potluck and Plots!

Spring Greetings at long last!

For those of you who have gardened in previous years at the TC Community Gardens and wish to get back into the soil on these sunny days, go ahead and re-claim your garden space and get started. Some of us took advantage of last weekends’ warm weather and planted peas!

We are happy to welcome new gardeners into the Community Garden space and would like to encourage you to visit the gardens and check out the layout. The Community Gardens are located nearby the big Barns on the old State Mental Hospital, near the Village of the Grand Traverse Commons and Bldg. #50 area.

For general information sharing, join us for a Community Garden Potluck next weekend (see info below), where we will welcome new gardeners and get organized to have more plots plowed, discuss the water-plans/solutions we’ve been working on this winter, and fine-tune our Community Garden guidelines and organizational collective.

There will be a garden plot-map and we will have contracts for you to fill out. The garden plot rental fee is again $25.00, with an additional work-trade agreement to accomplish new fence installation, general garden upkeep, and organize more potlucks and picnics throughout the gardening season.

We will also share information about an upcoming Skill-share and Training sponsored by Little Artshram, titled From Community Gardening to Wandering in the Woods, on May 17th. This day-long skill-share and training will focus on organic and sustainable gardening practices, herb-gardening, a plant and seed swap, and building nature awareness skills. We welcome both families and individuals, with activities and workshops for all ages! Cost is $5.00 donation per workshop.

AND FINALLY, Because we are still encountering some chilly spring weather, we’ll hold this potluck at the Artcenter of TC–which is just around the corner from the Community Gardens.


APRIL Community Garden Potluck
Sunday, April 20th
6:30-8:30 PM
Artcenter of TC, corner of 11th and Elmwood
bring a dish to share and your own tableware

Let’s make this ZERO-Trash please!
(….we leave nothing behind or in the trash cans…
Pack it in…Pack it out…)

Hope to see you there!

Community Garden news and updates posted on:
www.littleartshram.org

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