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Eastern Shore Food Lab

Shane Brill ’03 M’11

Assistant Director, Eastern Shore Food Lab


  • BA, Washington College, 2003
  • MA, Washington College, 2011

Shane is a permaculturist, environmental advocate, and educator.


Shane is the permaculture educator of the Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College. He can often be found digging in the campus garden and leading workshops and talks on fermentation, foraging, and ecological design and literacy. He helps coordinate environmental initiatives in Chestertown and manages an urban homestead with bees, chickens, and a variety of edible plants.

He advises internships and projects conducted by students relating to environmental literature and film, ethnobotany, food justice, composting, and horticulture. His work explores how to use food to optimize the health of humans and the environment.


Talks and Workshops 

  • Fermentation Fundamentals
  • Beekeeping: Colony Installation, Hive Maintenance, Honey Extraction, Swarm Capture
  • Landscaping with Edible Native Plants
  • Natural Pest Prevention: Ecological Tactics for Healthy Landscapes
  • Permaculture 101
  • Rediscovering Food
  • Urban Homesteading
  • Wild Foods in Native and Novel Ecosystems
  • Zero Waste Community Visioning 

Selected Publications

  • “Wild May,” Washington College Magazine (Summer 2018).
  • “Sophie, We Hardly Knew Ye,” Washington College Magazine (Spring 2017).
  • “Urban Homesteader,” Washington College Magazine (Spring 2014).

In the News

  • “Learning to Return to Our Food Roots” Shore Home and Garden Magazine (10/01/18).
  • “Washington College is Maryland’s First Bee Campus USA,” Chestertown Spy (4/10/18).
  • “Medieval Dinner Coming to WC, May Day Tradition” The Elm (2/22/18).
  • “What are weeds to some, it seems, can be food for others,” Kent County News (9/9/17).