Greenhorns Summer Workshops at Smithereen Farm

Our 2022 Summer Workshop schedule is now available! Stay closely tuned for specific times and details, and please reach out to office(at)greenhorns.org with any questions.

Greenhorns is a small, grassroots organization. We try to make our registration fees as accessible as possible, and offer many free events. The event you are attending does not cover its own costs. If you can, please consider making a tax deductible donation to Greenhorns to support the real costs of this and future programming and keep our registration fees low. Thank you! 

April

Myco Buoy Workshop with Sue Van Hook; April 10 - 16

Plastic pollution is a concern of paramount importance for all fisheries and human health. There is an emergent solution to plastic foam flotation devices.

Join former Ecovative mycologist, Sue Van Hook for two hands-on workshops to grow mushroom buoys for oyster and kelp aquaculture.

The workshops will be held at Smithereen Farm in Pembroke, Maine on Sunday April 10th and Saturday April 16th between 10:30 am and 4 pm.

Join us for a day of learning and experimentation! The first Sunday will include a welcome to the farm, lunch and a presentation by Sue Van Hook and an afternoon of equipment set up, mixing inputs and filling pontoon frames. On Saturday the following weekend, the fully grown products will be revealed and we will hold a discussion on alternatives to plastic in aquaculture with stakeholders from around the state of Maine.

 

Portland Public Library Literary Lunch; April 20 - 20

New Farmers’ Almanac Vol VI, in discussion with Gretchen Legler, author of Woodsqueer. FREE virtual event.

Smithereen Farm and Campus OPEN HOUSE; April 22 - 22

Come see the farm, get a tour, eat yummy food, meet the team (and the oxen!). Reversing Hall will also be open on this day. All are welcome. FREE EVENT

May

Alewife Smoking Event with Downeast Salmon Federation; May 20 - 21

Join us on the banks of the Pennamaquan for a day of catching, dipping, smoking, and eating alewifes using Downeast Salmon Federation's mobile smoker! A day of family fun and learning with our conservation partners. FREE and open to the public.

Shofar Farm's pizza wagon will be onsite, and on Saturday we will have live music from LAMPS featuring Duane Ingalls, Kurt Andresen, Artful Lindemanis, Marc Perez, and Tone Moser!

Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Brian Dewan, Singer and Player of Accordion and Electro-Harp; May 27 - 27

Reversing Hall will host legendary performer Brian Dewan for a collection of songs chosen for the occasion. He may even play a few from the album he produced with Greenhorns "Songs of the Patrons of Husbandry” from the 1880’s Grange songbook. FREE EVENT

Downeast Flavor Kaleidoscope - Sensing + Eating Place; May 27 - 27

Through tasting, movement, listening and seeing, connect with this local environment on Cobscook Bay. Join chef and dance artist Hilary Kennedy and Severine for a day of experiential, open movement scores/games along with tasting hyper local flavors. Workshop will be entirely outdoors. All are welcome.
Hilary Kennedy is a chef and dancer living in Marin County, CA, ancestral home of the Coast Miwok. Her work with food is centered around celebrations and nourishing people in transition, especially new mothers. She has danced in studios and forests for 15+ years, with the likes of inspirations such as Anna Halprin, Sara Shelton Mann, Lisa Nelson, and Margit Galanter.

RSVP office(at)greenhorns.org

June

Wild Herbs of the Northeast, Confronting History and Future of Herbalism; June 11 - 11

Dr. Susan Leopold, ethnobotanist, and Mischa Shuler, herbalist, visit the farm to deliver a workshop wild herbs including a section about the herbal mystic/“Clairvoyant physician” of Pembroke, Thomas Pomeroy

CCC Design Charette; June 12 - 12

What would a climate resilience workforce do in our town? Join for a facilitated conversation and community brainstorming with landscape architects and restoration specialists as we think together about how the newly funded Climate Conservation Corps might be an asset in our area. What would we do first? Who are the stakeholders? What kinds of shared land-use goals might bring more people into the work of preparing our region for the climate change that is headed our way. This session will inform a 2 week ‘restoration camp’ later in the summer. FREE EVENT. RSVP at office(at)greenhorns.org for more info!

Low Low Tides Work Week; June 18 - 19

Downeast Maine is famous for our 22 foot tides, and the cold Labrador current creating extraordinary algal abundance.

Kacie Loparto will guide amateur harvesters to learn about wild seaweeds in Maine! You can read our archived blog post on Kacie's past work here.

We will cover ecology and biology of seaweed ecosystem, hand-harvest techniques, regulations, drying, processing and culmination of the wild algae species that abound in our area.

Film Screening: Yurt Legend Bill Coperthwaite Anthropological Film; June 25 - 25

Join us for a screening of Anna Grimshaw's films about Bill. Reversing Hall, 4 Leighton Point Rd, Pembroke. 6pm.

Free event! For more info reach out to office(at)greenhorns.org.

July

Kroka Kayak Expeditions; July 10 - 23

Explore the marine ecosystems of Downeast Maine - by kayak! Sign up with KROKA.org

Liberty Hall, National Heritage Area, Regalia on Display; July 30 - 30

Learn about Liberty hall and the history of Downeast's many civic and fraternal halls, Odd Fellows regalia on display and an introduction to the proposed National Heritage Area for downeast Maine with Crystal Hitchings of Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism.

Exhibit open 11am-3pm, lecture from Crystal Hitchings at 2pm.

Free event! For questions email [email protected]

August

Wild Blueberry Weekend; August 6 - 7

A weekend of family fun picking and eating blueberries -- pie-making galore!

Wild Foraging and Cooking with Rachel Alexandrou; August 12 - 13

Join forager and feast-maker Rachel Alexandrou in a weekend workshop on harvesting, processing and cooking some of our favorite August forage-ables.

August 12th:

1pm, Meet at Smithereen Farm for introductions

2-4pm, Foraging for chokecherries and fireweed

4-6 pm Processing chokecherries and fireweed

August 13th:
10-12am Foraging for mushrooms
12-1 Lunch
1-5pm Processing and cooking a meal out of foraged ingredients
6-8pm Feast!

Beach Trash Puppets; August 13 - 13

Turtle Dance Coop of Lubec will guide attendees in the creation of their own "vital assemblages" - made out of beach trash!

This is a hands on workshop on making puppets from Beach trash. All are welcome.
Registration costs $20.00, additional donations are welcome and go to support artists and the hosting organization.
Low tide is 6:28 am
Optional to bring:
Trash, glue guns, drills, folding table, if you are a kid, bring a parent with you
SCHEDULE
9:30am start at Reversing Hall, 4 Leighton Point Rd.
PRESENTATION
Introduction
Why puppets?
Why here?
What kind of trash do we find and how can these puppets be ambassadors for ocean plastic issue?
How to make puppets with Chuck and Rhonda.
Start work on puppets and collages.
Hightide 12.30
Beach walk on Leighton Point
LUNCH at Hall
Live music from the Lamplighters while we make the puppets at the hall!
Public is welcome to come and see the last hour of puppet making and puppet naming.
Optional farm tour / camping at Smithereen Farm.

SOLD OUT: Reception Aboard S/V Roseway in Eastport; August 27 - 28

The schooner Roseway is a 96 year old tall ship, built in Essex, MA in 1925. There will be networking for conservation-minded Mainers, and abundant local food & drink, including beer from Lubec Brewing Co., cider from Fogtown Brewing, and organic vegetables from Smithereen Farm.

The reception will take place when the Roseway arrives in Eastport from Boston, at 5pm on August 27 & 28. If you'd like to sail aboard the Roseway, either from Boston to Eastport or for the return journey from Eastport to Gloucester, MA, you can sign up here.

This is a free event, RSVP required for attendance. 

September

Apple Camp; September 1 - October 31

Pick apples with us, press for cider and wine! Dates to be announced.

POSTPONED to Spring 2023 -- Intro to Biodynamics; September 9 - 10

Barbara Shinn will share her knowledge of biodynamic agricultural practices and explore how farmers can attain the highest level of regenerative practices. RSVP to office(at)greenhorns.org please.

Meet the Fungi Trifecta with Sue Van Hook; September 17 - 18

Join mycologist Sue Van Hook for three episodes over the weekend. Come for one, two or all three to experience the magic happening at Smithereen Farm .......

Saturday, September 17, 2022 - Wild Mushroom Identification Workshop
Saturday September 17th at 10 am for a morning in the woods to meet the fungi. Learn a basic framework to identify them and then practice your skills. We'll talk about edible, medicinal and species for new materials. After lunch we'll spend the afternoon sorting and keying specimens we've gathered or that you bring with you from home.

Saturday evening, September 17, 2022 - Mushrooms Whispering
We'll gather around a campfire to go on several shamanic journeys with the drum to meet the fungi below ground and hear what they have to say about repairing, remediating and revitalizing our landscapes/seascapes. Sharing these experiences with one another ushers in new ways of knowing within the collective.

Sunday, September 18th, 2022 - Backyard Mushroom Cultivation
The next day, Sunday September 18th we'll spend the day inoculating various substrates with Shiitake, Oyster, Maitake and Wine Cap species to start cultivating fungi in your backyard.

Cold Water SCUBA Certification Course with OceansWide; September 26 - October 1

Looking to get your cold water SCUBA certification? Reach out to [email protected] today for more information on this one-week certification course on Cobscook Bay.

 

October

‘Habitat Everywhere’ -- Meadows, seeps and shrubs with Paula Koveceses; October 1 - 1

Meadows - What are meadows? Our local meadows are filled with wonder which include beneficial plants and active ecosystems. Instead of conventional grass lawns, how about a meadow? We should be preserving our meadows and creating more! Learn about their role in attracting pollinators and wildlife. We will talk about which plants interact together in native meadows and how you can duplicate one, care for one, and how to design your own new meadow! It is important to match the plants with the site, so what type of plants should we use? Are nativars acceptable? What about non natives and their role in a meadow? This will be an informal get together, so come have fun learning about the importance of meadows in our beautiful landscapes in Down East Maine!

Paula Kovecses, Organic Land Care Professional, Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscape Designer, Owner of The Way It Grows LLC. Eastport Maine 207-904-7604

Downeast Steeple Tour with Maine Preservation, Preservation Timberframing, and Haystack Joinery; October 1 - 2

Join preservation experts and master timberframers for an exploration of ongoing restoration projects downeast and a timberframing demonstration!

Email [email protected] for more information, registration link and itinerary coming soon!

Much More is Happening!

For a full list of summer events at Smithereen Farm, plus partner and virtual events all year, see our Events Calendar.