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Sustainable ME: A Read & Do Group

Sustainable ME is a book group for readers and doers.

We meet on WEDNESDAY once a month at 6:30 PM, January – October. The meeting is usually on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the Seminar Room. Sometimes we expand to the Morrell Meeting Room when we know we’ll get a crowd. No prior reading necessary.

Working on a tricky homestead project? Wish you had a garden planning buddy? Looking for your tribe of DIYers? Try our new book group for nonfiction readers interested in learning about projects and making them happen. Together we’ll read nonfiction books about skills and try them out! Join our team of literary explorers as we hash out our visions of sustainability, green cleaners, working bikes, useful stuff, and edible yards. Come share what you’ve learned.

Call or email with questions: (207) 725 5242 x228,

(Interested in Sustainable ME but can’t make this time? Check out our other related programs: Scrap Crafts, Eat Our Yards, CML@TSCG, & More!)



September 27, 2017



Join us as we learn from Christine Bruns Rudalevige, author of Green Plate Special: Sustainable and Delicious Recipes. After a short talk she will rework participant’s favorite recipes to be more sustainable. She speak about the basic tenets of transforming a much loved recipe into one that still holds the flavor of the tried and true recipe, but has incorporated sourcing, energy conservation and food and water waste reduction principals to make the dish more sustainable. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite recipes. No prior reading necessary.

October 5th, Tuesday 2017 (SPECIAL extra workshop)

DIY Vermiculture + Harvest Castings


Learn why worms make the best pets and healthiest plants

Use worms to compost! Jock Robie of Mainely Worm Bins will  teach you everything you need to know about worms and have them create rich castings for your garden. Nine free bins will be available to those who sign up in advance. One bin will be raffled at the event.

Also join us as the ten worm bin winners from our first class learn to harvest their  castings, expand their worm farm and overcome common pitfalls.


October 25, 2017

EMERGENCY KIT – SPEAKER Margaret Cushing, Cumberland Country Emergency Management Agency Planner


Join us as we compare and contrast various suggestions for emergency kits and make our own. Are you familiar with the term “bug out bag”? How does that relate to an emergency car kit or a FEMA disaster plan? Come learn with us. Share your expertise and knowledge. No prior reading necessary.


Potential 2018 Topics include:

  • Aquaponics
  • Solar Generator
  • DIY Casting
  • Rainbarrels
  • Rocket Stoves
  • Mushrooms
  • Indoor Growing without Grow Lights
  • Hemp
  • Pizza Ovens
  • Green Dollhouse
  • Weaving
  • Bikes
  • Food Storage
  • Your suggestions


August 23, 2017


Many recipes and food storage options suggest dehydrating, but do you have to purchase a dehydrator to do this? Come explore dehydrating options with us and make one model. Share your expertise and knowledge. No prior reading necessary.

July 26, 2017


We explored resources on solar ovens and made an example. We also talked about the differences between box, panel and parabolic models? Expertise and knowledge was shared.

June 21, 2017


We created bokashi bran and a bokashi compost bin similar to those detailed by Adam Footer in Bokashi Composting: Scraps to Soil in Weeks.

June, Tuesday 2017 (SPECIAL extra workshop)






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