Belfast Garden Club

Thurston to discuss Belfast school garden project

Mar 05, 2014
Showy late summer flowers at the Troy Howard Middle School garden.

Belfast — Belfast Garden Club’s public monthly meeting and speaker series continues Tuesday, March 18, featuring a presentation — Troy Howard Middle School Project, with coordinator and educator Jon Thurston.

The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The brief club meeting begins at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served by the hospitality committee at 1:45 p.m., the speaker will begin at 2 p.m. The afternoon meeting and program take place at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St., Belfast.

Thurston is the agriculture coordinator for Regional School Unit 20, with an extensive background in numerous agricultural areas. Since 1974, he has spent two years with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, working in fisheries extension; seven years with the USDA in California in aquatic weed control research; hydroponic greenhouse work in Searsmont; and 19 years teaching biology, earth science and horticulture at Medomak Valley High School, where he co-founded the MVHS Heirloom Seed Project. At THMS, he directs the operation and the students in the 22,000-square-foot gardens and the greenhouses. Thurston, who is active with other related community organizations and agencies, has opened the THMS gardens for the garden club's Open Garden Days for several years in a row.

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