Artichokes to zucchinis and asters to zinnias – hundreds of vegetables, flowers and fruits will be on display at the remarkable Troy Howard Middle School farm/garden in Belfast on Friday, September 5, from 9 am to 1 pm. The public is warmly invited to visit this astonishing and hugely successful endeavor that is the result of hundreds of hours of work by Jon Thurston, the Agricultural Coordinator for the district, and his army of middle school students. ...continue reading
Jon Thurston, Agriculture Coordinator for RSU 20, accepts a check from The Belfast Garden Club on March 18 for student scholarships at the summer Farm Camp program at Troy Howard Middle School’s Garden Project. Garden Club members Ann Mullen (L) and Corliss Davis (R) present the check and a garland of flowers to Thurston.
The Belfast Garden Club awards two scholarships annually. Awards are made to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates from Waldo County pursuing studies in conservation, ecology, horticulture, natural resources, sustainable agriculture or a related field.
Founded in 1929, the Belfast Garden Club has promoted the beautification of Belfast through educational talks, garden tours, the annual Plant Sale in May, donations of books to local libraries and scholarships. Recipients of 2013 scholarships were Alexis Morse of Unity who is attending the University of New England studying biology and Erin Elizabeth Rollins of Lincolnville who is also studying biology at Husson University.
Students interested in obtaining a scholarship application may contact their high school guidance office or by contacting Scholarship Committee Chair, Ginny Hodge, at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.belfastgardenclub.org, or write to the Belfast Garden Club, P. O. Box 987, Belfast, Maine 04915. Applications must be submitted before April 30, 2014.
Belfast Garden Club members showed support for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Program by donating instructive books to the Reentry Center’s library on growing vegetables and preparing nutritious meals after harvesting the bountiful food. Club members gave books from their personal collections and purchased new books for the project. The books will be available to residents at the Reentry Center’s library in Belfast to assist them in learning gardening techniques for northern climate gardens, general good gardening principles, and using the produce in the kitchen to make healthy meals.