the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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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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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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maine sail freight events in portland for this thursday, august 27th

August 27th, 12pm-8pm

Portland, Maine:

Morning: The Schooner Adventure Sails into Portland Harbor from her home port of Gloucester, MA.  She docks at 400 Commercial Street (Portland Yacht Services)

12.00p Leah Cook, Chief Stevedor, oversees loading of the cargo in the boat.

2.00p Historian William Leavenworth Gives “Ice tea Stevedore pep talk” on Maritime history at 400 Commercial street.

5.00p Gulf of Maine Research Institute panel discussion (350 Commercial St.) about the shared principles and practices that connect our coastline and traditional ports of call in the Caribbean Ocean: local food sovereignty, community fisheries, and campesino agroecology. The panel includes Heather Retberg of Quill End Farm, Robin Alden of Penobscot East Resource Center, and Florence Reed of Sustainable Harvest, which does Agro-ecology work in Latin America.

In the global south, where 98% of the world’s hungry people live, development aid largely supports chemical-dependent production of export crops offering abysmal work conditions and erratic income that does not allow farm workers to adequately feed their families. This might explain why 80% of those going hungry live in rural areas where they could grow a healthy diet for themselves and others if they had access to a sustainable farming extension program (such as the one that Sustainable Harvest International has proven successful for nearly twenty years). Food sovereignty is an essential foundation if we are going to build resilience and food self-sufficiency. The people who eat food and the people who grow food need to be making the decisions about how we produce and exchange food. This is so well done at the community level starting with food grown within our communities by our friends and neighbors. Fishing can be viewed as a metaphor for our challenge as humans: the key to a healthy fishery is to use a natural system and live within its bounds. The transport and market system is a key element in making sustainable fishing feasible, long term.

7.00p Drinks at the schooner at 400 Commercial St

8.00p Benefit dinner to support Sail Freight prepared by Vinland Chef David Levi.

*You can buy a ticket for dinner.
*You can also buy goods from the boat to be delivered in Portland or shipped nationwide from Fiddler’s Green.

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in cod we trust


NPR’s The Salt tells the story of how the cod in England’s North Sea, after they had been fished to the brink of extinction, made a fantastic comeback with the help of a little government intervention. Today, the cod population is steady and the industry is booming.

This great historical maritime tidbit brought to you by our continued enthusiasm for the Maine Sail Freight project. Because thriving small-scale maritime activity is going to be integral to the future of local economies.

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scholarshipwrights program

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In the spirit of ships..

Let Lance and Arista swoop up your heart with their fleet of small boats. They are our wonderful partner in arms for August 11th peaceful armanda of watershed foods‘ event in Hallowell, Maine.

SCHOLARSHIPWRIGHTS program… Come Build, Sail, Publish and live in a community!
We will build Hampton Boats’s (from New England) using the methods of salt water farmers. We’re seeking scholar-shipwrights/ apprentices to build the boat, live together in a former sawmill equipped with workshop, bedrooms, wood stoves, hot water, kitchen, etc. on Damariscotta Lake, from NOW til June of next year! Instruction, rent, utilities, building materials, all included for 500/month. Come join us! Build a Boat, Publish a Book.

Much more inforamation about the scholarshipwrights program here.

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Come to a presentation on Conrad’s smuggler, the lateen rigged Tremolino
Community Boating, Inc.
21 David G Mugar Way, Boston, at 6:30pm, Friday October 3rd
three chances to go sailing on the Charles River: 10-12, 12:30-2:30 and 3-5
Sign up in advance or at the Friday night presentation. Free!

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stone soup fall and winter semester’s

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Stone Soup Institute is now accepting applications for their Fall and Winter Semesters. Both semesters are open to up to four students who are curious and adventuresome enough to explore the experiential learning opportunities on a small homestead in Maine.

Fall Curriculum

  • Animal Husbandry
    • Butchering pigs
    • Daily care of laying hens
    • Butchering broiler chickens
    • Daily care of draft horses
    • Logging with draft horses
  • Craft
    • Wild harvesting mushrooms
    • Wine making
    • Baking in a wood-fired outdoor oven
    • Introduction to Fiber Arts
    • Introduction to Blacksmithing
  • Gardening and Crops
    • Storing root vegetables for Winter
    •  Cover Cropping
    • Planting garlic
    • Threshing dry beans
    • Shelling corn
    • Saving seed from fall crops
Winter Curriculum

The major focus of this semester will be logging with the horses. There will be twice daily feedings and mucking out of the stables. Coursework will include:

  • Daily sharpening and maintenance of chain saws
  • Building new and maintaining old logging equipment
  • Felling and preparing trees for appropriate uses
  • Various methods of hauling trees from the woods with horses
  • Introduction to the basics of blacksmithing
  • Introduction to the basics of fiber arts
  • Maple sugaring

More info and application form for the Fall Semester

More info and application form for on the Winter Semester


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