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SustainME is a program designed in partnership with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Outdoor skills-focused workshops follow three distinct paths: Hunting/ Fishing, Wild Edibles/Foraging, and Backyard Farming, with the goals of helping people gain the knowledge, self-confidence, and practical skills to be more self-reliant with an emphasis on sustainable food sources and preparation.

The mission of SustainME is:

  • To provide skills-based workshops that introduce new outdoor activities that will inspire future involvement in hunting, fishing, backyard farming, and foraging through a broad array of topics and a diverse group of instructors.
  • To connect people to their food in a meaningful way, whether it’s wild-caught, hunted, gathered, raised, or grown.
  • To engage people and inspire a greater appreciation for providing for yourself, your family, and your community.
  • To connect people to additional resources, mentors, and community partners that complement these program areas, and will further develop these skills.


Spring SustainME Workshop

  • Date: Saturday, June 4th, 2022 
  • Start / End Times: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Registration Fee: $95.00
  • Location: Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, 17 Conservation lane
  • Minimum Age:  18 Years and older
  • Group Limit: 12 per session

Please note:  As our commitment to ensuring all of our participant’s safety we will limit attendance to 10 individuals per session and will be following all state guidelines for social distancing. We will be following all policies and guidance from the University of Maine, including spacing and face coverings while indoors, and we’ll have hand sanitizer stations available

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Your June 4th workshop choices

Session I Choices:

  • Raising & Harvesting Meat Birds
  • Fermentation
  • Fishing
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Campfire Cooking with Wild Game
  • Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Yard

Session II Choices:

  • Introduction to BowHunting
  • Introduction to Composting
  • Spring Foraging
  • Wildlife Tracking
  • Pistol/Handgun Shooting
  • Map and Compass

A sample of topics that you can expect to see in future SustainME programs is listed below.

Hunting and Fishing

  • Becoming a Hunter: Getting started
  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Field Dressing wild game
  • Finding places to hunt
  • Wild game cooking: various game meats (bear, deer, moose, upland birds, small game).
  • Wild fish cooking: fresh and saltwater fish
  • Bow Hunting Skills
  • Map and Compass navigation
  • Fly Fishing Techniques
  • Surf Casting Basics
  • Wildlife Identification
  • Habits and Habitats
  • Fly Tying
  • Mounting a scope
  • Firearm Cleaning
  • Tracking Wild Game
  • Fishing for various species (trout, salmon, perch, bass, etc)
  • Hunting tactics (specific to various species-turkey, bear, deer, moose, etc.)
  • Smelting
  • Ice Fishing techniques
  • Reading the forest and its various ecosystems
  • Many other specific skills/topics

Foraging and Gathering

  • Foraging for Fiddleheads
  • Mushroom ID and gathering techniques
  • Wild Edibles
  • Chaga: Uses and benefits, ways to prepare
  • Preserving wild found food items
  • Reading the forested landscape
  • Tidepool foraging
  • Various cooking workshops using wild ingredients
  • Foraging for mast crops: uses for nuts, acorns, and other items
  • Identifying Maine’s wild fruits and berries
  • Planning your diet within season
  • Many others focused workshops

Backyard Farming

  • Raising cows for milk or beef
  • Raising pigs for meat as well as various uses such as land clearing
  • Gardening (various themed workshops on fruit, veggies, herbs, etc.)
  • Bee Keeping
  • Raising goats and sheep
  • Sustainable farming practices
  • Irrigation solutions
  • Composting techniques
  • Raising Chickens for eggs and meat
  • Pest Proofing your garden and animals
  • Soil Science
  • Hobby Farm Basics
  • Indoor Herb Gardening
  • Hydroponics
  • Tools and equipment
  • Using a chainsaw
  • Many other garden agriculture topics