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Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism


The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will have a conversation about the book “Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism” by Richard Wolff, on Thursday, April 10, at 7pm in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette. Wolff describes the flaws that lead to periodic crises both in private capitalism and in existing or recent socialist or communist systems, which he claims are actually a form of state capitalism. He identifies “worker self-directed enterprises” as a system that could move civilization beyond capitalism

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 mqtchaz@earthlink.net.


February Meeting

Our TMC meeting and seed pick-up will happen Tuesday, February 18th, at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House (1510 M28 E, Marquette) from 7pm to 9pm.

First we’ll have a short meeting, starting off with announcements and then there will be a demonstration of how to start and transplant seeds using different methods (e.g. soil blocks, and plastic starter trays). There will be a lot of information available in the form of handouts, when to start specific seeds, temperatures at which specific seeds germinate, when and how to transplant seedlings outdoors, etc..

Then, folks will be able to pick up and pay for their orders (cash or check only… please make checks payable to Transition Marquette County). We’ll have all of our 2014 and 2013 seed packets out for those who wish to purchase seeds or add to their order. We hope you’ll browse through our seed selection and mingle with the fellow gardeners in your community.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Get Ready for the 2014 TMC Seed Co-op!


Hey, seed buyers, the TMC Seed Co-op will be open for business very soon. 

This year’s Seed Co-op web store will reflect many of your requests, preferences and suggestions (all based on the results of our recent Seed Survey). 

And new buying options will allow you to customize your order so you get just the seeds you want.

We think you’ll really like the new and improved TMC Seed Co-op web store, so, please, be patient. The Seed Co-op will be open for business soon!



Janurary TMC Meeting

7 pm Tuesday 21 January 2014
Messiah Lutheran Church, 305 West Magnetic St

“How Can We Encourage and Support Food Security Efforts at County and Municipal Levels”

Beyond growing our own food in our gardens, how can we help the vital issue of ‘Food Security’ gain traction at the community level?

Learn about county and township structure and the public input process, and hear about two exciting, planning efforts regarding local food supply.

There will be ample time for questions, discussion, and brainstorming.

Please bring donations in the form of non-perishable food items for the Church’s efforts.

Hope to see you there!


The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray

Feb_14The TMC Reading Group will meet to discuss the book The Seed Underground: A growing revolution to save food by Janisse Ray on Thursday, February 13th at 7pm at the Peter White Public Library.

The Seed Underground is a journey to the frontier of seed-saving. It is driven by stories, both the author’s own and those from people who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America to preserve our traditional cornucopia of food by simply growing old varieties and eating them. The Seed Underground pays tribute to time-honored and threatened varieties, deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds, and reveals the astonishing characters who grow, study, and save them.

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 mqtchaz@earthlink.net.


The Practice of the Wild by Gary Snyder

Jan_14The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will be discussing Gary Snyder’s The Practice of the Wild next Thursday, Jan 9.  There is a one hour DVD documentary on Gary Snyder that we could watch together first at 6pm for a $50 usage fee.  So the question is, do folks want to kick in $5 to watch it together, or do folks just want to check it out of the library and pass it around and watch it on their own?

If you would like to watch it together at 6pm on a TV in the library conference room, and are willing to kick in $5, email Charlie atmqtchaz@earthlink.net.  If I get 6 people saying “Yes” by Sunday night, I’ll go ahead and arrange it.  Otherwise we’ll each be on our own and the book conversation will start at 7pm.

4th Annual Power-Down Solstice Party

You’re invited to our 4th Annual Power-Down Solstice Party

Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:00pm


It’s that time again to gather with friends and neighbors to celebrate the past year and what’s to come (more sunlight!).  So, please join us on the longest night of the year to celebrate the winter solstice, power-down style with a potluck and a gift exchange!


If you’d like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a respectable gift that has been previously owned, handmade, or homemade; nothing new. You can make a gift (i.e., a craft, recipe, artwork, etc.), give away something you already own, or purchase something at a second-hand store.


Please bring the following:

·  A dish to pass

·  Your own place setting&  beverage/spirits

·  A candle (preferable in a holder) or a lantern

·  A wrapped gift


For more details and to RSVP, see the invitation here.


Not-So-Black FriD.I.Y.

craftsNot a fan of Black Friday? Looking to save some money on gifts? Enjoy crafting with and learning from other crafty people? Then, come join our Not-So-Black FriD.I.Y. event!

There are a lot of people hurting financially in our community, and there are a lot of crafty people in our community, too. So, let’s get together and share crafty D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) projects with hands-on learning that is inexpensive while building community at the same time.  Unlike a craft show, there will be no buying, selling, or marketing.  Instead, at this event you’ll learn how to make D.I.Y. handmade gifts that are AWESOME, FUN, & EASY, and  you can bring home some gifts that were handmade by YOU!  So, why not make and give more meaningful gifts this year that won’t break the bank?!

Learn how to make:

  •  Wire wrapped jewelry
  •   Magazine walletsSONY DSC
  •   Flavored roasted nuts
  •   Basic weaving techniques for baskets or decorations
  •   Simple crocheting and sewing projects
  •   Seed balls for [guerilla] gardening
  •   Bottle cap magnets, earrings, fishing lures, etc.
  •   Personalized photo candle holders
  •   Kids crafts, and much more!

Don’t think this is just for the ladies. ALL are welcome to teach and/or learn, guys and kids included!

This event is FREE.  Donations are gladly welcomed to cover the expenses of supplies.

The event will take place at Messiah Lutheran Church (305 W Magnetic Street, Marquette) on November 29th, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


We hope you can join us for this fun event.


Check out the next books in our reading series (literally!)!

The TMC Reading series is back and we’re kicking off the 2013-2014 year with the book After Oil by John Michael Greer.  We will meet to discuss the book on Thursday, September 12th at 7pm at the Peter White Public Library.

sept13Author John Michael Greer, host of the blog “The Archdruid Report”, a weekly peak oil blog, brings together twelve original tales selected from among his readers. Each story offers glimpses into possible futures where oil scarcity and lower energy availability spell the end of modern industrial society.

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 mqtchaz@earthlink.net.
There are a lot of great books it this year’s series!  But, don’t take our word for it, have a look for yourself at the book list here (which is also posted on our website).  So, grab a book and enjoy the beautiful weather, and we’ll see you soon to chat about it!



Please Help Seeds & Spores Farm!

Seeds and Spores Farm has just experienced a devastating loss to their farm.  We are so saddened to wake up to this news that their barn, the center of their farm operation, burned down this morning. Please help, if you can, as this farm is a huge asset to our community. They lost thousands of dollars in meat in their freezers, food in their coolers, soil amendments, animal feed, tools, etc.. Let’s pull together as a community and help them out!

Donations can be made here.