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.
This 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 email@example.com.
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 knowledge.
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.