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nnyadp research report: tile drainage benefits farms and environment

A Northern New York Agricultural Development Program project report encourages farmers to consider the benefits of tile drainage to both crop production and environmental stewardship. The research is especially timely as farms face changes to the environmental standards they are required to meet and at a time when federal and state funding is available for installing the tile drainage.

As many states refine their phosphorus management requirements for farm nutrient management plans, it is critical that the models they use are based on representative field conditions and sound data, says project leader Eric Young, research agronomist at W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, NY.

Young estimates the return on investment from installing tile drainage on farms with slow or very slow permeability is from seven to 12 percent over five to 10 years.

The goal of the most recent tile drainage research funded by the farmer-driven NNYADP was to compare phosphorus losses between tile drained and undrained test plots designed to simulate field-scale conditions typical of northern NY dairies.

Undrained conditions resulted in greater surface water runoff and phosphorus losses compared to tile drained lots, Young says.

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next weekend in providence, ri: land and water conference


Activists working on issues related to land and water and academics from the humanities and social sciences will gather to discuss tensions between environmental stress, ecological realities, and human institutions.

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amazing new energy source: introducing TREES

Scientists at the Climate/Energy Design and Research institute (CEDAR) have just announced the discovery of an astounding new energy source that promises to solve several of humanity’s thorniest dilemmas at once.

“This is a paradigm-shifting moment,” says Dawn O’Newday, the engineer in charge of the project. “Whatever your game is, this changes it. Big time.”

The new energy source, called TREES (Totally Renewable Energy, Emissions capture, and Storage) is, as the name suggests, completely renewable. Unlike conventional power plants, TREES devices use no fuel; and unlike most solar and wind technologies, TREES requires no non-renewable materials for the manufacture of panels or turbines.

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portland maine: volunteers needed for maine sail freight!!


August 27th, 12pm

400 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine (Portland Yacht Services)

Portland people! Help load Boston-bound freight and be part of a fossil-fuel-free trade renaissance. We confront the complexity of regional trade, clipboard in hand, arms swinging, crates moving.

Your body (and belly) are part of the performance.  Come join the human conveyor to load barrels, boxes and bundles into the hold of the wooden schooner. There will be aerobic exercise;  there will be beverage-breaks; there will be camaraderie.

Come for the whole day or just part. Please be ready for work. A positive attitude, sign the release form, be ready to be careful in navigating the hazards of deck/dock/dirt inherent in the working waterfront. Wear closed-toe shoes, have a long-sleeve shirt and a hat and bring a water bottle. We’ll provide snacks and historical musings as sustenance.

The Greenhorns Team

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learn more about the schooner adventure!

The Greenhorns announce a last minute vessel change for the Maine Sail Freight  maiden voyage from Maine to Boston. We will be sailing, and selling as scheduled, thanks to the alacrity and fluid logistical finesse of Captain Stefan Edick and the Schooner Adventure. We are ocean legal and on our way to BOSTON HARBOR. Many thanks to the nautical architects, marina stewards and coast guard officials animated the prospect of Adventure-based commerce. It takes a team to hoist this sail!
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The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit maritime historic preservation and educational organization. We are the stewards of the 1926 dory-fishing Schooner Adventure. Our mission begins with restoration and preservation in perpetuity of the National Historic Landmark Schooner Adventure, one of the last surviving Grand Banks dory-fishing schooners. The Schooner Adventure is a national treasure that has resumed active sailing as an icon of the American fisheries and as a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education programs. The Schooner will be operated at sea, primarily along the New England coast, as a living monument to Massachusetts’€™ fishing heritage. As such, the Schooner Adventure is important not only to Gloucester, but also to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all America.

Our goal is to heighten awareness of Gloucester’€™s role in the development of the American Fishing Industry, the plight of the thousands of men lost at sea, and how a fleet of fast and able schooners defined a regional economy.


The Schooner Adventure was designed by famous marine architect Thomas McManus as a “knockabout”. The schooner was built in 1926 in Essex, Massachusetts by the John F. James and Son Shipyard. From 1926 – 1953 Schooner Adventure fished cod, haddock and halibut from Nantucket to Newfoundland, along the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic. Carrying a sailing rig, diesel engine, and 14 dories, Adventure was an exceptionally fast and able vessel, the ultimate evolution of the fishing schooner. When retired in 1953, Schooner Adventure was the last American dory fishing trawler left in the Atlantic. In 1954, Schooner Adventure was retired from fishing and converted into a windjammer for passenger cruising, removing the engine, propeller, and prop shaft. Adventure carried passengers along the coast of Maine until 1987. Her grace, beauty, and prowess as a sailing vessel earned her the nickname “Queen of the Windjammers.”

Adventure was then donated to the people of Gloucester, Massachusetts by way of The Gloucester Adventure Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to be steward of this historic vessel. The organization’€™s mission is three-fold:

  1. Restore and preserve Adventure in perpetuity,
  2. Utilize Adventure as an educational resource with programming for maritime, environmental and cultural issues and,
  3. Sail Adventure as a symbol of Gloucester’s maritime heritage.

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The mission of the Maine Sail Freight project is to enliven public conversation about the logistics of regional trade, to draw on our long, storied maritime history as a basis for a long-view conversation about shifting our farm economy for the future. There is an economic action at the middle of this project, attended by pageantry and panel discussions, we invite the public to get involved directly, carry some cargo, and discuss tactics for re-regionalizing our farm economy.

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this weekend’s maine sail freight events: august 29th and 30th



The Schooner Adventure will sail into Boston Harbor in the evening, only the wind knows at what time exactly. Take a chance out on the water or from shore. Want to try for a chance glimpse of the Schooner Adventure? Book an Evening Harbor Cruise! or take a Harbor Sail aboard the Liberty Fleet! <—Click to Book  or call 617.742.0333

Walk the Freedom Trail or Harbor Walk to learn about history and revolution, enjoy cool breezes of evening, again keep a look out for the schooner!   Or visit Old Ironsides,“ USS Constitution,” the first ship commissioned by the new continental congress to fight pirates who interfered with early merchant shipping!

The Adventure will be docking overnight at Long Wharf Marina.


Come down to the waterfront! We’ve decked out the Pavilion to welcome you. Boat is docked off the tip of Long Wharf, look on your map for the Compass Rose near Boston Aquarium.

Sunrise: hot tea!

8.00a – 12.00p: Unloading! Join the stevedores unloading cargo into the Pavilion, and onto cherry red bike courier trailers.

12.00p: Sales begin of Maine goods delivered via sail right there at the Long Wharf Events & Performances

12.00p – 7.00p Long Wharf Pavilion of Commoners, meet organizations engaged in enlivenment, resilience, regional food and the human logistics of building a sustainable economy. Pavilion of tablers includes: Slow Money, Slow Food, Mass Horticulture, Metro Pedal Power, Crown of Maine Coop, Cuisine En Locale, and Young Farmer Network

12.00 – 2.00p Tours of historic Schooner, Adventure out of Gloucester.

1.00p Brian Dewan sings “Songs of Land & Sea”

3.00 – 3.30p Sea shanties with Revels Legend David Coffin

4.00p “Commons of Land and Sea: seaweed and community fisheries in a changing climate”


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