March 2015 ALAP Meeting Recap

The ALAP crew met amid a nice Spring thaw for our latest monthly potluck meeting.  This month we heard from Stuart Campbell of Perennial Harvest. Stuart’s business provides native and edible landscaping services here in Northern Michigan along with a growing range of related products  including native seed pods, fundraiser tees,  and upcycled rain barrels.  He also showed us a permaculture design App under development that looks quite interesting.  Perennial Harvest has been involved with a variety of local initiatives including the Tart Trail’s Edible Trails Project, GT Conservation District’s Stewardship Initiative, and Saving Birds Thru Habitat’s Certified Bird Habitat program.  Stuart discussed his firm’s working capital needs to execute the 2015 projects he’s already booked.  Those interested in learning more can check out and

After Stuart’s talk, we discussed next month’s program (Thursday, April 9, 6-8pm) which will be a field trip out to Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC).  We will meet at BARC’s Barlow St. recycling facility (1732 Barlow) for our potluck, a facility tour, and a chance to pepper Andy and Jordan with more questions about BARC and their business plans.

We concluded with an update on the pending launch of a local investment club that several ALAP members have been working to put together.  We also briefly noted that previous ALAP presenter Bill Koucky of Grand Traverse Culinary Oils has a new capital raise online at

That’s it for now.  Looking forward to the warming weather and an April ALAP field trip!