Workshop photo: Chris Battaglia

Events

Smithereen Farm hosts workshops in collaboration with our sister organization, Greenhorns.

  • Greenhorns offers free and low-cost events for the benefit of the local and regional community. If you are able to donate beyond the affordable cost of a workshop, or if you enjoy a free event, consider making a tax deductible donation to Greenhorns to support the actual costs of this and future programming so we can keep these accessible. Thank you! 
  • RSVP to [email protected], or follow the registration link within the workshop description.
  • Coming for a workshop and want to stay a while? You can book a campsite at the farm.
  • REFUND POLICY Due to our rural location and small event sizes workshop registrations are not refundable. 

Spring 2024

APRIL 11-14, Wednesday–Sunday

Low Low Tides: Seaweed Harvest with Kacie Loparto

→Sign up here!
Registration required. Email [email protected] if you’d like to talk about becoming a part of the Harvest Team.

Kacie Loparto leads the algae harvest at Smithereen Farm, with lots of chats for beginners and intermediates.

Groundrules

  • Be Punctual. The tide waits for no one.  
  • Safety First. We recommend rubber boots, water booties, woolen long johns, bib pants/wetsuits, wool sweaters, extra socks, thermos of tea. 

 

For first-time attendees, we don’t expect much more than learning and orienting to the intertidal zone. This is an educational experience we are happy to share in the spirit of the commons. 

If you want to join as a “Proper Harvester” …
This is a multiple-day commitment, to learn the whole sequence of how we have learned to harvest, dry, and process for Smithereen Farm products. If you are interested, we need to make sure you have the correct licensing for that. We are also willing to pay, feed, house and invest in your learning. 
Serious inquiries contact: [email protected]

This event will also repeat May 8–12 (Wednesday–Sunday)

Clawfoot bathtubs in the orchard at Smithereen Farm, used during our popular SPA DAYS: seaweed soaking and relaxation. The low evening summer sunlight is peeking through the trees.

APRIL 13, 2pm • Saturday

SPA DAY: Seaweed Special

(takes place during LOW LOW TIDES event!)

→ Sign up here!

Smithereen Farm hosts SPA DAYS, to take in the good energy of the farm and release anything else down the drain.

We provide: herbal tea, personal seaweed bath, shared hot sauna, scrub, salt, mud, Bixa Fixa cream

You bring: change of clothes, bathing suit if desired, your own drinking water vessel, your own towels, farm-appropriate footwear, a sense of adventure! 

Cost is $75 per person for a 3-4 hour experience.

You may wish to book a massage (paid separately) with Mandy Newell of Mountain Air Therapeutics. To schedule, please text: (207) 214-1068

Questions? [email protected]

See complete event details at our SPA DAY page

MAY 1

Opening Day: Farm Store and Camping

Our Farm Store opens at 12 Little Falls Road in Pembroke, open 9-5 every day through October. 

Our camping opens for the season. Book your sites directly on Hipcamp

MAY 8-12, Wednesday–Sunday

Low Low Tides: Seaweed Harvest with Kacie Loparto

→ Sign up here!

Registration required. Email [email protected] if you’d like to talk about becoming a part of the Harvest Team.

Kacie Loparto leads the algae harvest at Smithereen farm, with lots of chats for beginners and intermediates.

Groundrules

  • Be Punctual. The tide waits for no one.  
  • Safety First. We recommend rubber boots, water booties, woolen long johns, bib pants/wetsuits, wool sweaters, extra socks, thermos of tea. 

For first-time attendees, we don’t expect much more than learning and orienting to the intertidal zone. This is an educational experience we are happy to share in the spirit of the commons. 

If you want to join as a “Proper Harvester” …
This is a multiple-day commitment, to learn the whole sequence of how we have learned to harvest, dry, and process for Smithereen Farm products. If you are interested, we need to make sure you have the correct licensing for that. We are also willing to pay, feed, house and invest in your learning. 
Serious inquiries contact: [email protected]

This event also takes place April 11–14 (Thursday–Sunday)

Clawfoot bathtubs in the orchard at Smithereen Farm, used during our popular SPA DAYS: seaweed soaking and relaxation. The low evening summer sunlight is peeking through the trees.

MAY 18, 1pm • Saturday

SPA DAY: Apple Blossom Special

→ Sign up here!

Smithereen Farm hosts SPA DAYS, to take in the good energy of the farm and release anything else down the drain.

We provide: herbal tea, personal seaweed bath, shared hot sauna, scrub, salt, mud, Bixa Fixa cream

You bring: change of clothes, bathing suit if desired, your own drinking water vessel, your own towels, farm-appropriate footwear, a sense of adventure! 

Cost is $75 per person for a 3-4 hour experience.

You may wish to book a massage (paid separately) with Mandy Newell of Mountain Air Therapeutics. To schedule, please text: (207) 214-1068

Questions? [email protected]

See complete event details at our SPA DAY page

MAY 24+25, Friday and Saturday, 10am–5pm both days

Third Annual Pennamaquan Alewife Festival

At the Crossroads in Pembroke

Free event! No RSVP required

We’re delighted to partner once again with Downeast Salmon Federation to bring you a family-friendly weekend of FISH!

  • Smoking of fish with Downeast Salmon Federation
  • Eating of fish! Free lunch buffet by Smithereen Farm
  • Activities for kids
  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Group bike rides and bike tune-ups with Mike’s Bikes of Eastport
  • NOAA Fisheries Biologist Max Tritt will be on hand all day Saturday to lead learning experiences about alewives for all ages, with his interactive Stream Smart table, followed by a presentation about Atlantic salmon restoration. 
  • Live music organized by LAMPS (Lubec Area Musicians’ Philanthropic Society)
  • More details and participants coming soon!

Make a weekend of it and book your campsite at Smithereen Farm, for a full agritourism experience.

Thank you to Maine Office of Tourism for supporting this event.

More info and media for learning at greenhorns.org/alewife-festival, and at earthlife.tv/fish

Summer 2024

Clawfoot bathtubs in the orchard at Smithereen Farm, used during our popular SPA DAYS: seaweed soaking and relaxation. The low evening summer sunlight is peeking through the trees.

JUNE 15 + 16, 3pm • Saturday + Sunday

SPA DAY: Peak Meadow

→ Sign up here!

Smithereen Farm hosts SPA DAYS, to take in the good energy of the farm and release anything else down the drain.

We provide: herbal tea, personal seaweed bath, shared hot sauna, scrub, salt, mud, Bixa Fixa cream

You bring: change of clothes, bathing suit if desired, your own drinking water vessel, your own towels, farm-appropriate footwear, a sense of adventure! 

Cost is $75 per person for a 3-4 hour experience.

You may wish to book a massage (paid separately) with Mandy Newell of Mountain Air Therapeutics. To schedule, please text: (207) 214-1068

Questions? [email protected]

See complete event details at our SPA DAY page

A handpainted wooden sign that says ALGAE BATH, located in the orchard at Smithereen Farm, in Pembroke, Maine

JUNE 21, 5pm • Friday

SPA DAY: Midsommar Night (Full Moon!)

→ Sign up here!

Smithereen Farm hosts SPA DAYS, to take in the good energy of the farm and release anything else down the drain.

We provide: herbal tea, personal seaweed bath, shared hot sauna, scrub, salt, mud, Bixa Fixa cream

You bring: change of clothes, bathing suit if desired, your own drinking water vessel, your own towels, farm-appropriate footwear, a sense of adventure! 

Cost is $75 per person for a 3-4 hour experience.

You may wish to book a massage (paid separately) with Mandy Newell of Mountain Air Therapeutics. To schedule, please text: (207) 214-1068

Questions? [email protected]

See complete event details at our SPA DAY page

AUGUST 17-18

Chokecherry + Fireweed Intensive with Rachel Alexandrou

Join wild edible plant educator Rachel Alexandrou for a hands-on, immersive workshop identifying, harvesting, processing, cooking and tasting two important, abundant and delicious plants of Downeast, Maine. This weekend-long workshop is meant for anyone interested in learning about how to safely harvest and eat these plants or for those seeking to experience a communal wild food harvest. All levels of experience are welcome. 

Chokecherry is a prolific, native shrub that is often overlooked in modern North American cuisine. Together we will prepare a brilliant magenta juice and syrup as well as chome cherry bbq sauce. Fireweed is another native fire-loving plant which can be processed into a complex and flavorful tea reminiscent of a fruity, floral black tea. 

We will end the weekend creating a feast together and tasting the fruits of our labor. Based on the abundance of the hedgerow, and the swiftness of our handiwork, participants may be able to take home a jar of syrup, jam, bbq sauce, or fireweed tea.

Signup for the workshop here (link coming soon) and then book your stay through Smithereen Farm HipCamp. Campsites with outdoor tent platforms are available for your stay during the workshop. If you have any questions about the workshop, do not hesitate to reach out to Rachel via email.

Rachel Alexandrou is an interdisciplinary artist who uses her education in plant science, and collaborative practice, to create experiential work about food, flora, and innovating human relationships to the natural landscape. Find out more about her @giantdaughter on Instagram or her website giantdaughter.com for more information on her events around Maine this year.

SCHEDULE

Saturday

  • 10–11am — Meet at the outdoor kitchen for breakfast and introductions 
  • 11am–1pm —Fireweed Harvest 
  • 1–2pm — Lunch!
  • 2:30pm — Chokecherry Harvest
  • 4:30pm — Cleaning and Juicemaking in the kitchen 

 

Sunday 

  • 10am–12pm — participants may join in on the community plantwalk (see below), process fireweed, or enjoy free time swimming etc.
  • 12pm — Lunch 
  • 1pm — Processing Fireweed and cooking chokecherry sauces or any other foraged recipes in the outdoor kitchen
  • 6pm — Wild Feast, Fire and Hangout 
Rachel Alexandrou plant walk: edible plants of downeast maine

AUGUST 18

Community Plant Walk 

Sunday August 18 
10am-12pm

Join wild edible plant educator Rachel Alexandrou for a family- friendly wild edible plant walk at Smithereen Farm. We will meet at the outdoor kitchen and make our way through the gardens and to the shore learning about the wild edible and medicinal plants along the way. Notebooks are highly encouraged during this walk as lots of information will be disseminated. At the end of the walk, participants will be invited to the kitchen for a foraged refreshment.

This walk is open to community members, visitors and is included for Fireweed/Chokecherry Workshop participants.

AUGUST 24+25

Washington County Fair 

9am–4pm Pembroke Fairgrounds

Smithereen Farm will participate in the Washington County Fair this summer. 

Stay tuned for more details!

More info at washingtoncountyfairmaine.com

Fall 2024

SEPTEMBER 20+21

MOFGA Common Ground Fair

We’ll participate in the Maine Organic Farm and Garden Association (MOFGA) Common Ground Fair.

Stay tuned!

More details to come. More details at mofga/org/the-fair

There is always so much happening! To stay in the loop, join our mailing list. Find an archive of workshop documentation on our Instagram.

 

Event Archive / Past Events

Clawfoot bathtubs in the orchard at Smithereen Farm, used during our popular SPA DAYS: seaweed soaking and relaxation. The low evening summer sunlight is peeking through the trees.

MARCH 16, 1pm • Saturday

SPA DAY: Polar Bear Special

Smithereen Farm hosts SPA DAYS, to take in the good energy of the farm and release anything else down the drain.

We provide: herbal tea, personal seaweed bath, shared hot sauna, scrub, salt, mud, Bixa Fixa cream

You bring: change of clothes, bathing suit if desired, your own drinking water vessel, your own towels, farm-appropriate footwear, a sense of adventure! 

RSVP is required. RSVP to [email protected]

See complete event details at our SPA DAY page