The Belfast Free Library and Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will co-host a virtual program with David Wessels Thursday April 21 at 6:30 p.m. about the Troy Howard Middle School Seed Program.

Wessels is the garden coordinator at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast where he and his students manage a 1/3-acre garden and year-round greenhouse. The garden provides fresh veggies to the cafeteria and serves as a living laboratory for ecological inquiry.

In this presentation Wessels will describe how the students take on the responsibility of stewarding the seed collection, growing out heirlooms, forgotten food crops, bumblebee-curated gene pools and other wonders. These seeds are cleaned and packed by students and offered to the public each year through the Troy Howard Seed Co.

Troy Howard Middle School pack seeds. Courtesy of David Wessels

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition supports conservation and stewardship of natural and public resources of the Belfast Bay watershed through research, community-building, and education. To register for the presentation please go to belfastlibrary.org/virtual programs and follow the link.

The seed packages are created by Troy Howard Middle School students. Courtesy of David Wessels

For more information about this program call the library at 338-3884 ext.10. To learn more about the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition visit belfastbaywatershed.org.