Seed Swap and Seed Start – it’s time!!

Growing your Food Session 5 –

Session 5:  March 16 @ 7 pm

 

Marquette Missionary Church, 1804 Wright St.

Presenters:  Ray Bush, Farm Manager, Partridge Creek Farm;  Lanae Joubert, Nutrition Educator, Northern Mich. Univ.

Soil, site — and now seeds! Ray Bush, Farm Manager at Partridge Creek Farm, will work with us on planning a garden using the “square foot gardening method“.   A special “work it thru” handout will be provided (bring a pencil). Count on a lot of Q + A . . .

In addition, Lanae Joubert, an NMU nutrition educator, will give us examples of what we can grow that will provide the same or better nutritional value as the food that’s shipped from far away (at great expense) up to the U.P. 

No, you do not need to bring a pot of soil.

Then here’s an event you’ll be interested in –

Reading Group To Discuss After Oil 3

The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will discuss the stories in After Oil 3, selected and edited by John Michael Greer, on Thursday, March 9, at 7pm in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

The twelve stories that make up the book are all set centuries in the future, when oil and fossil fuels are a thing of the past. New cultures and civilizations have begun to form, and a time of renewal has begun. Some seem like they would be pleasant stories to inhabit, others not so much. Part of our discussion will be over what makes the difference, and what insights that might give us for life today.

The Reading Group invites everyone to join them for the discussion. It would help to have at least started to read the book. For more information call Charlie at 226-3314 or email mqtchaz@gmail.com

Growing Your Own Food – Session 4

 

Session #4 will be this Thursday, Feb 16, at the Marquette Missionary Church, 1804 Wright Street in Marquette, starting at 7pm.

Growing perennials saves time and labor and preserves soil structure by not requiring replanting each year. This month, find out how to use perennials in edible landscaping and forest gardening through a permaculture perspective.

Participants will actually propagate a perennial cutting to take home and plant. Wow, how’s that for a hands-on activity ?

 

Reading Group to Discuss “With Liberty and Dividends For All”

The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will discuss the book “With Liberty and Dividends For All – How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough” by Peter Barnes, on Thursday, Feb 9, at 7pm in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

Barnes, co-founder of Working Assets Long Distance (now Credo Mobile) along with several other companies, notes the shrinking/disappearing of the middle class in our country, and the studies that document how a robust middle class is essential for a secure democracy. He describes how our economic system is designed to steadily, little by little, year by year, shift wealth from the lower income levels to the higher ones. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This is designed into our system, and it will not change without changes to the system itself. He notes the four most proposed “pro-middle class policies” – stimulus, job creation, education, and innovation – and shows that while they are all good things, they will not be enough to sustain a healthy middle class.

Taking a cue from Thomas Paine (“Common Sense”, “The American Crisis”, “The Age of Reason”, “Agrarian Justice”), he proposes adding a system of universal dividends to be paid to all Americans from money generated by user fees attached to our co-owned wealth – the things that belong to us all, either because they are a part of Nature or because they were created and given to us by former generations. Examples of such “common” or “co-owned” wealth include the atmosphere, the forests and lakes, the economic system itself, the electromagnetic (broadcast) spectrum, the intellectual property protection system (patents, copyrights, trademarks granted and enforced by the federal government). He shows how a mature system could generate dividends of $5000 per person per year – with no end in sight. This would supplement, but not replace, each citizen’s income from their individual labor.

It is a timely and easy to understand book, and the Reading Group invites everyone to join them for the discussion. It would help to have at least started to read the book. For more information call Charlie at 226-3314 or email mqtchaz@gmail.com

Growing Your Own Food in the UP!

Growing Your Own Food in the U.P!

 

 

Session 3:  January 19 @ 7 pm

Marquette Missionary Church, 1804 Wright St.

Presenter:  Mike Riesterer

Miss Sessions 1 and 2 ?  No problem — jump in now — you’re good to go !

In Session 2 we explored soil biology, soil structure and texture and put together a good working soil using hands-on “media recipes”. Soil work will continue in Session 3, but first:

Mike Riesterer will introduce a novel permaculture system he and his family have been developing over the last couple of years to help them build a sustainable system for growing food in the U.P. — not easy and not always successful !

Mike has implemented many permaculture-esque innovations which utilize natural sources of nutrition, an on-site fish pond and animal husbandry — all in a residential setting. He will walk us through his home-based system in a series of photos and diagrams.

Session 3 hands-on segment:

Four different soil building work stations will be set up for those who bring in their soil samples.
Newbies can jump in now, too,

so everyone should bring some soil !
Worm castings will be introduced to complete a biologically rich soil sample for starting greens or other plants in your windows all the way until (an early?) spring!

 

Seed Store Open; Reading Group Discussion

The Seed Co-op is once again open, in time to order seeds for late fall planting or for indoor growing.

The Reading Group will discuss the short book “The Collapse of Western Civilization – a view from the future” on Thursday, Oct 13, at 7pm in the Conference Room of Peter White Public Library.

collapse-of-western

 

Note – the Reading Group book for November will be Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days By Peter Burke

year round salad

Reading Group begins another year – on Thursday, Sept 8

The Transition Marquette County Reading Group begins meeting for the year with a conversation about The Human Age by Diane Ackerman.  In the book she looks at the effect humans have had Human ageon the planet, both positive and negative.  (She remains optimistic – I’m not so sure!)

We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.  Everyone is welcome – it would halp to have at least started to read the book!

With questions or for more information, call Charlie at 226-3314 or email mqtchaz @gmail.com

Yarden Tours Begin!!!

yard
This summer we have 6 Yarden tours scheduled between now and late-August:
1.  Wed., July 20th @ 7 pm.    DONE!!!
430 W. Ridge:  The Riesterer residence.
2.  Wed., July 27th @ 7 pm.    DONE!!!
1708 Woodland Ave.:  The Fether residence.
3.  Wed., August 3rd @ 7 pm   DONE!!!!
2 Hidden Creek Dr.: The Angela Johnson residence.
4.  Sun., August 7th @ 3 pm.   DONE!!!!!!
440 E. Prospect:  The West residence.
Next up  –  5.  Sun., August 14th @ 3 pm.
225 N. Fourth St.:  The Climbing Co-op
This is a housing cooperative dedicated to creating a model for affordable housing while practicing sustainable values. 

Our yarden is in its third year with some nice fruit trees and raised beds. The greenhouse is in its second productive year and is still transitioning into full-fledged usable space. 

We are planning on throwing a nice shindig with music, food, bouldering and games as well as a pickling workshop in our kitchen. 

Anyone wanting to participate is in the pickling workshop is encouraged to bring a jar or make a small donation to use one of our jars. Squash, beans, and any other in-season veggies will be used.

6.  Sun., August 21st @ 3 pm.
Corner of Summit and Longyear: Superior Acre Permaculture Project

 

 

Reading Group Books for 2016-2017

The Transition Marquette County Reading Group book list for next year is posted. click here

We’ll start the year off in September with The Human Age Diane Ackerman.  Human ageShe details the effect of the human presence on Earth – some positive, some negative, all of it impressive.  It’s an interesting book to set the stage for our reading next year.

 

 

We’ll read the next instalment of After Oil, the book of stories submitted by readers of The Archdruid’s Report, edited by John Michael Greer.After oil 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in time for winter salads, we’ll read Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greeyear round saladns in Less Than 10 Days by longtime gardener Peter Burke

 

 

 

 

In June we’ll close the year with another novel by Paolo Bacigalupi – The Water Knife – about water shortages in the south west.the water knife

 

 

 

 

 

Second Thursdays at 7pm in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library.  Hope to see you there.  For more information, call Charlie at 226-3314 or email at mqtchaz@gmail.com