Seed Packaging Event

We will be packaging seeds on Wednesday, Feb 10, from 3-7pm at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, lower level of Peter White Public Library.  We’ll have some light supper/refreshments, so come when you can, leave when you must – and get a $5 credit for volunteering!

Reading Group – Braiding Sweetgrass, new time

The Reading Group will be discussing Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  She is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled mebraiding-sweetgrassmber of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  This was the diversity read at NMU last year, and Robin Kimmerer spoke on campus.  She calls herself “a traveller between scientific and traditional ways of knowing.”  It’s a beautifully written book about humanity’s relationship to the rest of nature.

We are meeting at a different time this month only, as several of us have tickets to the Jamie Stone concert in the evening.  So we will be meeting at 2pm – same day (Thurs, Feb 11) and same place (Conference Room at Peter White Public Library

Everyone is welcome to join us – it would help if you had at least started to read the book!


Transition Events this week – Jan 25-30

This Changes Everything Screened at NMU

There will be a free showing of the Avi Lewis film “This Changes Everything” on Wednesday, Jan 27, at 7pm in Jamrich 1100 on the NMU campus. A companion film to the best selling book by Naomi Klein, the movie shines a light on the human stories in communities living in or near “sacrifice zones.” From the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation’s legal battle against tar sands to South Indian villagers shutting down a proposed coal fired plant, “This Changes Everything” takes us to the front lines in the fight for climate justice.

The showing is free and open to the public, sponsored by Transition Marquette County and the Northern Climate Network at NMU. For more information email or call Charlie at 226-3314.

Biochar Presentation on Friday

Heather Nobert, originally from Marquette and now with the Nebraska Forest Service, will give a talk on production and uses of biochar in room 1320 of Jamrich Hall at NMU on Friday, Jan 29 at noon. According to the Mother Earth News, “By making biochar from brush and other hard to compost organic material, you can improve soil — it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer.” Ms Nobert has been developing and promoting markets for timber and wood products. She will discuss a range of carbon sequestration possibilities with biochar, from micro-projects for backyard gardeners to industrial level – from the Amazon to Ishpeming. The talk is sponsored by the Northern Climate Network and Transition Marquette County. For more information email mqtchaz@gmail or call Charlie at 226-3314.

Transition Marquette County Reading Group

The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will discuss a Reader’s Choice of works by Dmitry Orlov on Thursday, Jan 14, at 7pm in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

In the face of political impotence, resource depletion, and catastrophic climate change, many have become reconciledfive stages to an uncertain future. In “The Five Stages of Collapse – Survivor’s Toolkit”, Orlov describes the progression of collapse, offering a surprisingly optimistic perspective on surviving the sweeping changes of the day with health and sanity intact. In “Reinventing Collapse” he suggests the United States, with runaway debt, a shrinking economy, and environmental catastrophes to rival Chernobyl, is following a similar trajectory to that of the Soviet Union in the early 1980s. By comparing a collapse that has run its course to one that is now unfolding, Orlov holds a unReinventingCollapseique lens up to America’s present and future. “Absolutely Positive” is a collection of 30 essays from his website “ClubOrlov”.

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

What a Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire

Transition Marquette County will show the film “What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire” at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 5th in the Community Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

Tim Bennett, middle-class white guy, started what a waywaking up to the global environmental nightmare in the mid-1980s. But life was so busy with raising kids and pursuing the American dream that he never got around to acting on his concerns. Until now…. He sets out on a journey from complacency to consciousness. The film is “a disturbing, compassionate, sometimes humorous personal essay about coming to grips with climate change, resources crises, environmental meltdown, and the demise of the American lifestyle.” It features interviews with Daniel Quinn, Richard Heinberg, Thomas Berry, William Schlesinger, Richard Manning, and others.

The public is invited and there is no admission charge. People are welcome to bring their own dinner at 6pm, or simply come for the movie at 6:30. There will be a brief time for conversation after the film. For more information call 226-3314 or email

Seed Co-op Meeting

There will be a meeting for anyone interested and willing to help with the Seed Co-op for this year at First United Methodist Church (Ridge and Front) on Thursday, Dec 17, at 7pm.  We will need to choose which seeds to buy and plan for storing, packaging, marketing, and such.  If you are interested in the Seed Co-op, please consider coming and helping out.

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.