Programs

    We’re committed to offering programs to empower people with skills and perspectives relating to ancestral foodways and modern culinary arts.

    Adkins Arboretum Forest Walk

    Adkins Arboretum Forest Walk

    Explore edible trees of our region backed by ESFL student research at Adkins Arboretum.

    Beekeeping 101

    Beekeeping 101

    Learn about honey bees in this beginning beekeeping course, offered each spring to students and community members.

    Campus Garden

    Campus Garden

    Follow permaculture principles to develop expertise with wild plant foods, build structures from natural and salvaged materials, grow food, and create wildlife habitat.

    Chestertown First Fridays

    Chestertown First Fridays

    Tour the ESFL and sample delicious foods prepared by student interns and volunteers on the first Friday of each month. 

    Compost Team

    Compost Program

    Nourish the soil food web by creating fertility from waste.

    Fermentation Nation

    Fermentation Nation

    Our summer conference for high school students blends anthropology, ecology, and gastronomy, and nutrition in an intensive hands-on experience.

    First Friday Foraging

    First Friday Foraging

    Discover how to identify wild edible plants through seasons with a guided foraging walk across campus.

    ESFL Internship

    ESFL Internship

    Develop expertise in ancestral foodways and modern culinary arts. Contribute to research and projects to promote public access to nutrient dense, sustainable food.

    May Day Celebration

    May Day Celebration

    Trace the intersection of bioregional food security and ancestral foodways in a spring feast with interdisciplinary academic connections.

    Permaculture Internship

    Permaculture Internship

    Explore the ethics and philosophy that views humans as integral to a thriving natural world. Collaborate to design a space for campus food production.

    Spring Break Camping

    Spring Break Camping

    Reconnect with the land and water at the ESFL's Wild Food Outpost; camp along the wooded shore of the Chester River and help to establish our outdoor learning space.


    Cultivate Your Potential

    Work with the ESFL staff and interns to gain experience and expertise in:

    • beekeeping
    • breadmaking
    • cheesemaking
    • composting
    • curing
    • detoxification
    • ecological literacy
    • edible landscaping
    • fermentation
    • food research
    • foraging
    • gastronomy
    • human nutrition
    • nixtamalization
    • permaculture
    • plant propagation
    • regenerative living
    • seed saving
    • social justice advocacy
    • wildcrafting
    • wood oven cooking
    • zero waste tactics