Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Portage Library to host presentation on organic heirloom seed March 8

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host its monthly program in the Natural Health and Wellness series from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8.

Horticulturist Wendy Wiegert will present step-by-step instructions on how to grow, harvest, dry, clean, and store organic heirloom seed. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on experience and will learn about the importance of starting with the right kinds of seeds for continued health and sustainability.

Weigert will also discuss "Need for Seed," a non-profit program dedicated to providing free seeds to local and national community gardens and families who cannot afford to purchase organic heirloom seeds. Weigert’s farm is the main donor and grower of seeds for this program, and her efforts provided over 20,000 packets of seeds for the program last year. She relies on local volunteers to help with this project, and participants will have an opportunity to sign up for a wide range of tasks.

Over 118 varieties of organic heirloom seed will be available for purchase after the presentation. Profits from seed sales will go to "Need for Seed." Handouts will also be available.

Weigert has been studying, growing, and using medicinal herbs for 30 years and raises over 60,000 naturally grown heirloom plants with an emphasis on medicinal herb plants. She strives for sustainable agriculture on her farm outside of Hancock and sells culinary and medicinal herbs, salves, oils, and extracts as well as vegetable, herb, and flower plants.

This Natural Health and Wellness series is held on the second Thursday of each month. All programs begin at 6:30 p.m., they are free, and everyone is welcome. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

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