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MSAD 11 Gardiner Area Adult & Community Education ( 207-582-3774

Home and Garden

in Community Enrichment

Learning about the Chaga Mushroom


with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm

Come lean about the Chaga Mushroom the uses, benefits and side effects.

Inonotus obliquus, commonly called chaga, is a fungus in the family Hymenochaetaceae. It is parasitic on birch and other trees. The sterile conk is irregularly formed and resembles burnt charcoal.

Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of Maine and the Northeast (Presentation)


with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts May 8, 2024 at 6 pm

Join self-proclaimed "mushroom Maineiac" David Spahr and get the inside information on the wild mushrooms of the Northeast. Edible and medicinal mushrooms represent an opportunity for sustainably foraging and enjoying healthy, locally sourced food and present a potential for health benefits beyond good nutrition. This presentation will cover finding, collecting, identifying and preparing the safe and common edible and medicinal mushroom species of Maine, New England, and Eastern Canada. Nature enthusiasts, cooks, foragers, herbalists, and others will enjoy and benefit from David's expertise. Topics will include matching species with appropriate foods, discovering mushrooms that contain unique medicinal properties, and exploring information about dyeing fabrics and paper. David's book, Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada, will be available.

Lets make Vegan Cheese


with Diana Mosher

Calendar Next available session starts May 9, 2024 at 6 pm

If you love cheese, sign up for this one-night hands-on NEW class! Learn to make VEGAN cheese with Diana. Enjoy a tasting session during class and then take home some of your cheeses to enjoy. Students will need to bring a one-pint containers to take cheese home. A materials fee of $8.00 is due to the instructor at class.

Farming with native plants (Presentation)


with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts May 15, 2024 at 6 pm

This class is about how you can grow and harvest edible native plants. David has been farming his land (and a nearby public plot) in Washington, Maine for many years, and his PowerPoint will show the native plants he farms with - such as wild high bush blueberries, American chestnut, Viburnums and dozens more - while he provides a discussion of the ecological implications.

Tumbled Sea Glass and Broken Pottery


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts May 16, 2024 at 5 pm
1 additional session on May 30, 2024

Come create some beautiful artwork.  Broken pottery and tumbled glass are the perfect night out with friends. Lots of colors and textures to choose from. Create something for you or to give as a gift.

Needham Maine Potato Candy


with Diana Mosher

Calendar Next available session starts May 30, 2024 at 6 pm

If you’re from Maine, you’ve probably heard of needhams - a traditional sweet, covered in chocolate, with a soft coconut and POTATO center! Learn how to make this sweet Maine confection, just in time for the Easter holiday. A supply fee of $6.00 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the class. Students should bring a flat, 1-pint container to take their treats home.

Wild Food Foraging walk


with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 8, 2024 at 10 am
1 additional session on Sep 14, 2024

This two-hour course will include walking in the woods to find edible wild food along with detailed descriptions of plant habitat and structure of the plants. Bring: Notebook and pen, basket, mesh or other bags, wax or brown paper bags, knife, bug repellent and hat, water or other refreshment and a snack, gloves, waterproof boots (preferred), tall socks you can tuck your pant legs. Optional: gps, backpack, field guide, magnifying glass

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