A Plant Swap will be held at Graveraet Elementary School on Saturday, May 21st from 2 to 4 pm. All are welcome. MQT Growth, Partridge Creek Farm, Superior Acre Permaculture and the Transition Marquette Seed Co-op have come together to sponsor the plant swap. “We think the hoop house at Graveraet is an ideal location for an event like this.” said Michael Riesterer, of the Transition Marquette Seed Co-op. “The plant swap should
Last year’s plant swap!
attract a lot of different folks, including beginners and experienced gardeners who want to share or swap plants or even cuttings,” he continued.
Miriah Redmond of MQT Growth says, “We’re also looking forward to introducing the community to the hoop house at Graveraet Elementary School. Visitors will be able to tour the hoop house, see what students are growing and see how we are applying various permaculture principles.” Other garden-related projects will also be on display during the event, along with music by Barbara Rhyneer and friends. “I’m thrilled that this event is happening and I invite the Marquette community to come take advantage of all that will be offered.” said Dr. Sarah Kemppainen, building principal at Graveraet. Donations will be accepted to help support the Graveraet hoop house.
For more information, contact Michael Riesterer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-0608.
The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will discuss the book “Sustainable Happiness”, edited by Sarah Van Gelder and the staff of “Yes! Magazine”, on Thursday, May 12, at 7pm in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
The book starts with a chapter on “How We Lost Track of Real Happiness and Where to Find it Now” and ends with “10 Ways Sustainable Happiness Can Change the World.” In between are chapters on “10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy”, “Why Saying Hello Matters”, “Choose Gratitude”, “Five Ways to Meet Your Neighbors”, “Who Pays the Price for Cheap Stuff”, “Share Meals with Loved Ones”, and more. Twenty-three contributors, including Annie Leonard, Matthieu Ricard, Vandana Shiva, present research, essays, and personal stories suggesting “real well-being is found in supportive relationships and thriving communities, opportunities to make a contribution, and the renewal we receive from a thriving natural world.” “Sustainable Happiness” is ““A thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking collection of ideas”, according to Karma Tshiteem, Secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission of Bhutan.
Anyone is welcome to share in the conversation. It would help to have at least started to read the book. For more information call Charlie at 226-3314 or email email@example.com
The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will have a “double-header” discussion on Thursday, April 14 in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
At 1pm we will discuss “The Tao of Vegetable Gardening” by Carol Deppe. It is a fascinating book – she spends the first 70 pages covering goals and principles and understandings. Chapter One is “Honoring the Land”. Chapter Six is “Non-Doing” and includes sections “On Not Tilling, Digging, Mowing, or Tending Absolutely Everything”, and “On Not Planting Purple Flowers in Front of an Orange Brick House”! She has a list of 37 reasons not to grow a particular vegetable before she finally gets to “Beginning – Tomatoes”. An interesting read for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, the book is laced with wisdom and stories from the Taoist tradition.
At 7pm, there will be an encore discussion of “Station Eleven”, by Emily St. John Mandel, as a part of the Great Michigan Read programming. It’s the story of the Traveling Symphony, a troupe of Shakespearean actors and orchestral musicians traveling the shoreline of lower Michigan, striving to maintain their humanity in the altered landscape of a world where 99% of the population has been wiped out by a flu pandemic. Dedicating themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive, their credo is “Survival is insufficient”, but when they arrive in St Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten their existence. Moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, St John Mandel skillfully weaves together several stories connected by a strange twist of fate.
Everyone is invited to join us for either or both conversations. It would help to have at least started to read the book. For more information call Charlie at 226-3314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A community “Seed Swap” will be held in the lower level of the Peter White Library in Marquette on Saturday, April 2nd, from 11 to 2 pm. (Click here for poster!) The event is open to everyone — even if you don’t have seeds. Transition Marquette, MQT Growth, and several other organizations have come together to organize a seed swap which offers 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 localize their seed sources which helps build food security.”
To participate in the swap, please bring open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds that are labelled 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 email@example.com or call 225-0608.
The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will discuss the book “Station Eleven”, by Emily St. John Mandel, at 7pm on Thursday,March 10, in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
“Station Eleven”, a Great Michigan Read Selection for 2016, is the story of the Traveling Symphony, a troupe of Shakespearean actors and orchestral musicians traveling the shoreline of lower Michigan, striving to maintain their humanity in the altered landscape of a world where 99% of the population has been wiped out by a flu pandemic. Dedicating themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive, their credo is “Survival is insufficient”, but when they arrive in St Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten their existence. Moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, St John Mandel skillfully weaves together several stories connected by a strange twist of fate.
Everyone is invited to join us for the conversation. It would help to have at least started to read the book. For more information call Charlie at 226-3314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seed Store is Open!
We’ve got a new Superior Collection 2016, and last year’s Superior Collection 2015 at heavily discounted price. We are implementing the new vision – stocking a limited number of seeds and focusing on learning to save seeds to develop a solid inventory of our own seeds in our own community.
We also have still viable seeds from previous years at extremely low prices.
It does take a $5 annual membership to shop at the seed co-op. It helps to cover expenses, underwrites our Seeds and Schools programs, and keeps us legal. So check it out, click on the annual membership, and have fun dreaming about this year’s garden. Winter won’t last forever!
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!
The Reading Group will be discussing Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. She is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member 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!
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 email@example.com 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.