the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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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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a new economy on the land: severine fleming, agrarian


A New Economy on the Land
Severine Fleming
Severine is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Champlain Valley of New York. She is founder and director of The Greenhorns, a grassroots cultural organization with the mission to promote, recruit and support a growing movement of young farmers and ranchers in America.

The entering generation of Agrarians has demonstrated a bold vision to build thousands of farm businesses for local food security. We need many more to succeed. Many who try are confounded when they try to find durable land access and tenure. Severine argues that we need to design and enact new frameworks for community land-ownership. All of us benefit from the revival of these farm-steads, and the initiatives of young farmers, orchardists, and dairymen and women. Today, the macro-economy imposes extraction, speculation and degradation of our land, but that will not worktomorrow. How can our water-shed, our food-shed, and the historic cultural landscape inform the new economy we need? How can eaters reconnect meaningfully with both the eco-system and economic system that will sustain the quality of the places we love?

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corporate power over food system


Policy Expert: Walmart has ‘immense power’ over food system
by , Aljazeera America
June 18, 2015

In mid-March, hundreds of workers who pick produce in the Mexican state of Baja California left the fields and took to the streets. The demonstrations blocked the main highway connecting the region to the U.S. In response, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.

The workers were fed up with being paid stagnant wages that were not nearly enough for them to get by on. The growers who run the farms offered them a nominal raise to get them back to work. And the federal government pledged to find a way to get the workers’ wages up to 200 pesos per day—though ultimately was unable to.

The produce pickers do make more than than Mexico’s minimum wage, but by all accounts it’s not liveable—which, according to Eric Holt-Gimenez, executive director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (also known as Food First), is the result of a capitalist food system in operation throughout much of the world. It keeps growers’ margins low and means that the farm workers are squeezed to keep growing operations afloat. Continue full article.

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ATTN: Back-packers, bike-packers, food historians, those concerned about scurvey!


Here’s another fascinating lıttle nugget of nautical history.

In 1845, the famed Captain Sir John Franklin, 127 men, and a very interesting list of provisions embarked on a mission to discover a Northwest Passage and never returned. Ice-locked with lead cans and lacking enough food for the strenous task of surviving an arctic winter, the crew died of starvation, lead poisoning, and scurvey.

PBS provides this awesome (if admittedly somewhat voyeuristic) look into the plannıng that went into the packing of provisions brought along on this trip.


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