Charlie and Margie West’s backyard at 440 E Prospect St, an original 100 Yarden Dash yarden, is on the Beautification and Restoration Committee’s Garden Tour this year. Click here for more information about the tour.Charlie and Margie have a mixture of raised beds, fruit trees, and perennial areas. They have been gardening for about 7-8 years, and the garden is still in transition, as they try to focus more on food production. This year’s issues have included slugs, some kind of insect, invasive goutweed, and some kind of blight or rust, but the garlic, tomatoes, onions, raspberries, and zuchinni look promising. “It’s gotta be a good year for something!”
The Transition Marquette County Reading Group booklist for next year is out. We’re featuring a few books on gardening, a few on collapse, a few on living simply and well, another set of short stories from the readers of The Archdruid’s Report (After Oil 2), and Station Eleven, the Great Michigan Read book for 2016. And this is exciting, the author is going to be in Marquette on April 7!
Click here to see a copy of the list.
The Will Allen event is being canceled due to Will Allen being sick. Hopefully it will get rescheduled somehow.
Enjoy the weekend.
There will be a plant, seedling, and seed swap at the Graveraet Hoophouse, 611 N Front St in Marquette on Saturday, May 16, from 1-3pm. The public is invited to bring excess and interesting plants, cuttings, and seeds to exchange. There will also be a variety of activities for all ages, including a chance to tour the hoophouse. The swap is sponsored by Transition Marquette County Seed Coop, Mqt Growth, and Superior Acre Permaculture. For more information call 225-0608 or email Transitionmarquette@gmail.com.
The Reading Group will discuss the book Spiritual Ecology – the Cry of the Earth on Thursday, May 12, at 7pm in the Conference Room of the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. It is a collection of essays by Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Berry, Chief Oren Lyons, Wendell Berry, Winona LaDuke, and more, edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. “The Earth is in distress and is calling to us” writes Vaughan-Lee in the introduction. The 20 essays in the book are some of our responses to that call.
Everyone is welcome to join the conversation. It would help to have at least started to read the book, which is available at the library!
The TMC Reading Group will meet to discuss the book Paradise Lot: Two plant geeks, one-tenth of an acre, and the making of an edible garden oasis in the city by Eric Toensmeier on Thursday, June 12th at 7pm at the Peter White Public Library.
When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a “permaculture paradise” replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa—all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden—intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden’s needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression—also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms.
In telling the story of Paradise Lot, Toensmeier explains the principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Packed full of detailed, useful information about designing a highly productive permaculture garden, Paradise Lot is also a funny and charming story of two single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on both counts, they succeed.
Everyone is welcome to join the conversation. It would be helpful to have at least started to read the book. For more information, please contact Charlie at 226-3314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.