Transition Film Series Begins

The Transition Marquette Co film series began with the showing of Symphony of the Soil at Peter White Public Library on
Tues, Nov 3.  It’s the story of where soil comes from, what makes it up, and what our various agricultural practices are doing to it.  Film Series Poster 11x17Several different efforts showed how organic farming can really build up the soil while avoiding many of the problems of traditional agriculture.

The second film is really a double feature.  On Tues, Dec 1, we will show “RADICALLY Simple”, a film by/about Jim Merkle who wrote the book.  He is an engineer who “radically simplified” his life.  The second film will be “Living the Good Life” with/about Scott and Helen Nearing, who set up homesteading in Vermont in the middle of the Great Depression.

Finally, onTues, jan 5, we’ll be showing “What A Way To Go – Life at the End of Empire”.  Tim Bennett, middle class white guy, woke up to the environmental issues in the 1980’s, but was busy raising kids and living the American Dream.  Now he steps back to look at the stories he was raised with, the reality around him, and where life seems to be headed.  “He pushes the dialogue where Al Gore did not go!”

Films start at 6:30 in the Community Room at the Library.  Starting at 6:00, folks are welcome to “Bring Their Own Dinner” (sandwich? take-out?) and eat together.  There will be time for conversation following the films.  We hope to see you there.


Reading Group to Discuss “This Changes Everything”

The Reading Group will meet at 7pm on Thursday, Nov 12, in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library to discuss This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate.  Naomi Klein describes how the three pillars of the neoliberal age – privatization ofthis changes the public sphere, deregulation of the corporate sector, and lowering of income and corporate taxes,  (“Dark Stores”!) – create a wall that blocks serious response to climate change.  Amazingly, she notes,”changing the earth’s climate in ways that will be chaotic and disastrous is easier to accept than the prospect of changing the fundamental, growth-based, profit-seeking logic of capitalism.”  But even as the elite have used previous crises to transfer wealth and power from the public to the private sphere, she suggests we could use the climate crisis to “disperse power into the hands of the many rather than consolidating it into the hands of the few.”

Everyone is welcome to join the conversation – it would help to have at least started to read the book!  For more information call Charlie 226-3314 or email at

Symphony of the Soil to be shown at Peter White Public Library

The film “Symphony of the Soil” will be shown at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov 3, at Peter White Public Library (Community Room) in Marquette.

(This is the first of the 15-16 film series – the others are RADICALLY simple and Living the Good Life on Tues, Dec 1, and What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire on Tues Jan 5.  All at 6:30 with BYODinner option at 6  Click here for a pdf of the poster.  Now – back to Symphony of the Soil – )

Filmed on four continents, featusymphony picring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. The showing is free and open to the public, sponsored by Transition Marquette County. For more information, call 226-3314 or email

Reading Group discusses After Oil 2; Seed Co-op Holds Seed Swap!

The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will hold a conversation about the book “After Oil 2”, on Thursday, October 8, at 7pm in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

After oil 2This book is a collection of short stories of future life in the post-industrial age submitted by readers of The Archdruid Report, a weekly blog written by John Michael Greer, who edited the collection. These particular stories cover the years of crisis and raise a variety of themes – evading conscription, preserving films and other art media, libraries with no books, procuring scarce resources, and “going a mile a minute”! A third collection will cover the years of renewal.

Anyone is welcome to join the conversation. It would help to have at least started to read the book. For more information call 226-3314 or email

Transition Marquette County, MQT Growth, and the Marquette Food Co-op will sponsor a community “Seed Swap” at Graveraet Elementary School on Saturday, Oct., 10th from 12 to 2 pm. The event is open to everyone – with or without seeds – and will offer gardeners and seed savers a chance to exchange seeds and share Seed Swapknowledge.

The swap is also an opportunity to learn more about seed saving, and for new seed savers to get locally harvested seeds for starting their own gardens. “If you’re new to this, you don’t even need to bring seeds; just come.” said Michael Riesterer of Transition Marquette Seed Co-op. “We’ll have seeds on hand donated by the Transition Seed Co-op, Seed Savers’ Exchange and High Mowing Seeds. For experienced seed savers, a seed swap helps growers to localize their seed sources which helps build food security.”

The event will include an educational session called Seed Saving 101 at 12:00 noon, to be held in Graveraet’s lunch room. The Seed Swap, from 1:00-2:00 will allow those who bring seeds to swap first, but is open to everyone. After the swap, tours of the Graveraet Hoop House will be available. Students in Maura Stone and Rachel Adams’ 4th grade classes have worked in the hoop house with Miriah Redmond, of MQT Growth, tending a seed saving garden and harvesting what was planted in the spring. “Learning about where food comes from actually starts with the seed itself,” said Abbey Palmer, Special Projects Coordinator at the Marquette Food Co-op. “Saving seeds is a tangible way to create a culture of food security and food sovereignty in our community.”

To participate in the swap, please bring open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds that are labeled with the plant type, variety, date of harvest, and location of harvest. There will be supplies, such as envelopes, on hand at the event for swapping.

For more information, contact Michael Riesterer at or call 225-0608.


Trans Mqt Co/100 Yarden Dash Garden on Beautification Committee Garden Tour

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.dash on garden tourCharlie 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!”

TMC Booklist for 2015-2016 is out!

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 staton elevenwell, sustainable-happinessanother 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!

We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the Conference this changesRoom at Peter White Public Library.  Click on the Reading 5Acres_cover3Group link above for more information.

Click here to see a copy of the list.

Plant, Seed, and Seeding Swap

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 imageexcess 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