Get Growing! Gardening classes at Deer Isle Hostel with Anneli Carter-Sundqvist Come learn the basics of starting and maintaining an organic vegetable garden The classes are hands on, and emphasize sustainable practices, natural materials and efficient methods for the backyard gardener. Open for all levels of gardening experience. A small group size will make the curriculum flexible and adaptable to the desires of the participants. 9-11am. Rain date the following Saturday of all classes. Come dressed for outside work. $30/class or $ 25 for 3 or more. Scholarships available. Sponsored by MOFGA.
April 21st Prepare the garden for 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 19th Planting summer crops. Almost time to plant squash, zucchini and cucumbers! We’ll talk about how to make most use of a small garden space, fertilizers for heavy feeding crops and the characteristics of different varieties. We’ll also practice how to transplant tomatoes and brassica (cabbage, broccoli, etc) and how to get the garden off on a good start.
June 9th To set the garden up for success. A little work now will save a lot of work later – 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 21st 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 25th Preserving the bounty – Sauerkraut 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 23rd Herbal Spa Day w Brighid Doherty, herbalist Nourish 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 apothecary 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to register.
June 27th Foraging Medicinal Plants and Wild Salads Mixes
July 11th Herbal Teas and Syrups
July 25th Herbal Tinctures and Elixirs
Aug 8th Herbal Oils and Healing Salves
Aug 22nd Herbal Vinegars, Honeys and Oxymels
Friday July 27th 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 $5-10.
July 14th, 21st and 28th Granite splitting demo
Aug 4th Vegetable garden mulches
Aug 11th Starting fruit trees
Aug 18th Keeping chickens
Aug 25th Mushroom cultivation
Sept 1st Building soil with forest resources