Brasili to address Owls Head Garden Club
Owls Head — The Owls Head Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Owls Head Community Building on Ash Point Drive. Following refreshments and the business meeting, the speaker, Alexandria Brasili, will give a presentation on the First Work Experience Program, a summer gardening program for teenagers at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde.
Brasili is marine science and aquaculture educator and communications manager at Herring Gut. She joined the Herring Gut staff in September 2010, for a two-year appointment as an Island Fellow, an Americorps position in cooperation with the Island Institute. At the conclusion of her fellowship, she was hired on in her present position.
During her time at Herring Gut, Brasili has developed a business plan for the aquaponics greenhouse and has worked with RSU 13 middle level alternative education group to create the School of Roots, a student-run business. She has also led Herring Gut’s outreach programs and develops and instructs the First Work Experience program.
Brasili grew up in Leominster, Mass. and received her bachelors degree in biology, with a focus in marine biology, and a minor in Italian from Bowdoin College in May 2010.
Herring Gut Learning Center is a nonprofit marine education center in Port Clyde. The organization uses the abundant coastal resources surrounding its campus to present aquaculture and marine science programs for public school students in grades six to 12 who are academically at risk; trains teachers in hands-on instruction that increases student interest and comprehension in science, math history and the arts; connects academic concepts with local ecosystems and fisheries in customized, hands-on classes for groups of public school students; and offers a first work experience during the summer for local teens 13 to 15 years old.
Owls Head Garden Club invites anyone who would like to visit to come to the program. Prospective new members who live in the area are always welcome.