The Nature Conservancy is seeking volunteers for a seed-cleaning project. All are welcome to join the conservancy’s Massachusetts Islands Program staff and intern with separating and sorting seeds from the native plant nursery. Seeds harvested throughout the season and stored in the Hoft Farm field station need the final step of cleaning by being taken out of their pods or scraped off their stems in order to be ready for eventual propagation. This is a great opportunity for people to learn about native plants and help preserve the unique natural character of Martha’s Vineyard.

Six two-hour sessions are scheduled for seed cleaning to take place at the Hoft Farm field station located off of Lambert’s Cove Road. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Session times are: Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m; Friday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon; Thursday, Oct. 30 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. Volunteers are welcome by appointment during normal business hours.

To sign up please contact Liz Loucks at the Conservancy’s Islands Office: or call 508-693-6287, extension 15.