Events and Workshops

Listed below are the events from 2019 – some will come back in 2020! Please check in with us again by the 1st of April, when we’ll have the complete listing published!


Get Growing! Vegetable Gardening Classes with Anneli Carter-Sundqvist.
Learn the basics of starting and maintaining an organic garden or get inspired to improve what you already got going! Open for all levels of experience, this class will focus on sustainable practices, natural materials and efficient methods and tools for the backyard gardener.

9-11am. Come dressed for outside work. $30/class or $25 prepaid for 3 or more. Limited space, early registration encouraged. Scholarships available. Sponsored by MOFGA.

April 27th – Planning the garden, early spring planting. We’ll go through the different steps in how the prepare the garden beds for the season – the different tools and how to use them, compost making, how to decide what to plant where, when and how.

May 18th – Planting summer crops, tomatoes, brassica. Time to plant squash, zucchini and cucumbers! We’ll talk about how to make most use of a small garden space, practice how to transplant tomatoes and brassica (cabbage, broccoli, etc) and how to get the garden off on a good start.

June 15th – Mulches, weed prevention, pest deterrent. We’ll talk about different techniques to minimize the amount of time spent with garden upkeep such as watering and weeding. We’ll go through what natural materials we can use for mulching and how to best prevent weeds. We’ll also talk about pests like bugs, raccoons and voles and how to best keep them away

July 20th – Summer maintenance and garlic harvest. There are gains to make by simple maintenance at this time. We’ll go through how to best thin crops like beets and carrots, how to prune tomato plants, and what great uses some of those pesky weeds have. It’s also time to harvest flowers for herbal teas and soon to dig the garlic.

August 24th – Preserving the bounty – Saur Kraut and other fermented goods. Fermentation is one of the oldest and best known ways to preserve food – not only does it expand the storage life of your hard earned produce but it also enhances flavor and nutrition. Learn some low labor and simple techniques to make saur kraut, kim chi and salsa as well as how to ferment cauliflower, corn, green beans and broccoli.

Saturday June 29th Herbal Spa Day w Brighid Doherty, herbalist IMG_7931Nourish your body, mind and soul with a multi-treatment herbal spa including a 6 step facial and hand/foot soaks surrounded by the beauty of the hostel gardens. The treatments are handmade with herbs, fruits and grains such as rose, lavender, mint, oats, lemon and honey. Start your summer right with renewed skin, relaxed mind and joyful soul. $30. 10 am – noon.

Hands-On Herbal Medicine Making Series With Herbalist Brighid Doherty Build your own home apoIMG_7921thecary with local plant medicines – each workshop in this series will teach you how to make and use a type of herbal medicine with local plants. $30/class includes a take home medicine that you make. $25/class for 3 or more. Call Brighid 207-460-0744 or email for more info or to register. 10am – noon

June 19th Foraging Medicinal Plants and Wild Salads Mixes 

July 17th Herbal Teas and Syrups 

July 31st Herbal Tinctures and Elixirs  

Aug 14th Herbal Oils and Healing Salves

                                                       Aug 21st Herbal Vinegars, Honeys and Oxymels


Saturday July 6th Deer Isle Hostel Annual Summer Party w The SoulBenders!! Some people plan their vacation to make this show! Guaranteed to make you dance, dance, dance. Bonfire, outdoor stage – bring snacks to share! 7 pm – 10 pm. $5 band donation.




Tour of the Deer Isle Hostel – Homesteading in the 21st Century Learn about traditional and modern methods used to produce building materials, food, garden amendments and energy in harmony with the island landscape. Tour the gardens and the orchard, look at the Shiitake-production and the compost-heated outdoor shower. See the hand-built 17th Century inspired timber-framed building and the many outbuildings. Every Saturday from July 14th through September 1st. Tour starts at 10 am followed by a discussion on a homesteading related topic. Suggested donation IMG_6797$5-10.

July 14th, 20th Granite splitting demo 

July 27th Uses for spruces

Aug 3rd Starting fruit trees

Aug 10th Vegetable garden mulches

Aug 17th Compost heated shower

Aug 24th Swedish log building

Aug 31st Linseed paints and oils