Eastern Shore Food Lab


We host speakers and public workshops in the ESFL, on the Washington College campus, in the field, and around the world.   

Also, be sure to check out our workshops!

First Fridays in Chestertown
2/7, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1 @ 5-7pm

The Eastern Shore Food Lab will be showcasing seasonal fare as part of Chestertown’s First Friday Tradition, led by Center Director Dr. Bill Schindler

236 Cannon St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 

 Guest Speaker Sally Norton

Details forthcoming for this event hosted on the Washington College campus.


Native Plant Identification and Uses

Shane Brill and the ESFL’s ethnobotanical research team will join Dr. Sylvan Kaufman for a walk through the woods and fields of Adkins Arboretum to discuss food and utility functions of plants in our native landscape. Time and registration details forthcoming.

Medieval May Day Celebration

Students in the ESFL and Permaculture Internships join forces with the Beekeeping Course and Dr. Courtney Rydel’s medieval literature students to prepare a spring luncheon at the campus garden inspired by historic literature with an eye toward  bioregional food security. Free and open to the public.     

Washington College Permaculture Garden
Located behind 508 Campus Avenue
Chestertown, MD 21620 

Food Lab Forest Walks
5/31, 7/26, 9/20 

Shane Brill and the ESFL’s ethnobotanical research team leads seasonal guided tree walks at Adkins Arboretum exploring historical foodways and future food resources, including fruits, nuts, leaves, sap, and roots. Time and registration details forthcoming.