Many people compost in their backyard but have little or no understanding of the biological principles of composting. The consequence is the use of inappropriate structures for composting.  The use of compost in gardens also will be discussed. This program will address many of the myths and how to get the best benefits for the compost created.

Mark Hutchinson is an Extension Professor with the University of Maine. His education and research programs focus on soil health, compost processes and animal mortality management. Professor Hutchinson is a member of the Maine Compost Team, a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Fellow and a Certified Crop Advisory. Currently, he is involved in numerous research projects funded through Organic Research and Extension Initiative funds.  Mark has been with the University for over 17 years.

The Belfast Garden Club has selected two scholarship recipients for 2017, with each receiving $1,000. They are Kaylen Ottman and Ethan Jacobs. Kaylen is a graduating senior at Belfast Area High School where she has been in the National Honor Society and co-captain of the Varsity Swim Team. Ethan successfully designed his own high school program. He is in the top 25 percent of seniors graduating with the American School of Correspondence. In 2016-17 he captained the Mount View Soccer Team.

Kaylen plans to major in biology at the University of Maine and minor in Environmental Studies & Sustainability and Climate Sciences. Ethan has been accepted to the University of Maine’s Forestry Resources Program, where he plans to study the interconnection between the economy and forest ecology. Both have been active in civic and volunteer programs.

Belfast Garden Club scholarships are awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in a field related to the Club’s objectives: stimulating knowledge and love of gardening, protecting native flora and fauna and promoting civic beautification.

There is a new way to enjoy "Our Town Belfast." Have you heard about the Belfast in-town nature trail? Co-sponsored by the Belfast Garden Club, members of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition mapped out and created the five mile walking trail. To download a copy of the trail map and guide, go to www.belfastbaywatershed.org and click on Learn More About Us, then Belfast In-Town Nature Trail Map and Guide.