On Friday, Sept. 14, the Belfast Co-op is sponsoring a trip to Johnny’s Selected Seeds Research Farm in Albion. Transportation will be provided by Waldo CAP, departing from the Belfast Co-op at 12:15 p.m. and returning by 3:45 p.m.

A guided tour of the “trial fields” at employee-owned farm will be given by Mark Davis, employee-owner at Johnny’s. Each year, Johnny’s trials between 3,000 to 4,000 varieties. Vegetables are judged on flavor, vigor, earliness, appearance, as well as disease, insect, and environmental stress tolerance. Flowers are selected based on suitability for cutting, drying and use as edible flowers. Herbs are selected based on those best suited for culinary or medicinal use. Johnny’s has a breeding program dedicated to finding specialty niche varieties of tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins and summer and winter squash.

Pre-register at any register at the Belfast Co-op. The cost is $10 to help cover transportation. You can also reserve a seat by phone using a debit or credit card by calling (207) 338-2532. The community-owned Belfast Co-op, located at 123 High Street in downtown Belfast, is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. All are welcome.

For further information, email education coordinator Kate Harris, at kate@belfast.coop.