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maine-made farm goods sailing soon

Maine-made farm goods soon will wind their way to Boston by schooner

It’s art. It’s protest. It’s celebration. And, who knows? It may even be a practical way to get cargo to market.

When the wooden two-masted schooner Harvey Gamage sets sail from Portland in late August, laden with Maine farm products destined for Boston markets and restaurants, it will probably look like a historical re-enactment to those watching from shore.

But to Severine von Tscharner Fleming, it is so much more. It is performance art at sea. It is an economic experiment. It is a bridge between generations. It is both a protest of the failings of the global food system and a celebration of Maine’s regional food economy.

“We don’t need a logarithm of some venture capital-funded technology company to help us do the logistics of selling our food to Boston,” Fleming said. “We can do it with clipboards. We can do it with sailboats.”

Fleming is a community organizer working on the maiden voyage of the Maine Sail Freight project, a summer-long spectacle that will blend social media and “sailor’s gossip,” vinyl records and sea shanties, computers and cargo logs. Many pre-sail events and “side stunts” have already been held this summer to bring attention to the project, including a “teach-in,” picnic and concert in Portland last week. Still to come are a working shipyard dinner in Portland and a parade of traditional Norse wooden boats down the Kennebec River.

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TTIP and tall ships afterparty! july 20th, portland maine!

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TALL SHIPS AFTERPARTY and TTIIP TEACH IN!
4 live bands!
Hot stuff 
5pm– late
Come on out!
On July 20th,we’ve got a full afternoon and evening TALL SHIPS AFTERPARTY and TTIP teach in at Thompson’s Point in Portland Maine.  We’ve invited our favorite agrarian bands, including The Parlor, Will Dailey  and Milk and Honey Rebellion– as well as sea shanty singer Paul Hartney. It’s a stop-over event for Neil Young’s Monsanto Year’s tour— so we’ll have a full complement of organic agriculture activists in attendance, and perhaps a special guest or two. The focus of the training is on ‘terms of trade’ with a training by Food and Water watch regional director  Alex Beauchamps  and Maine Fair Trade and the Citizen Policy Commission about the impact of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade agreement) on New England agriculture.  Come early, stay late– tall ships forever!


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TTIP and tall ships afterparty! july 20th, portland maine!

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TALL SHIPS AFTERPARTY and TTIP TEACH-IN!
4 live bands!
Hot stuff 
5pm– late
Come on out!
On July 20th, we’ve got a full afternoon and evening TALL SHIPS AFTERPARTY and TTIP teach in at Thompson’s Point in Portland Maine.  We’ve invited our favorite agrarian bands, including The Parlor, Will Dailey  and Milk and Honey Rebellion– as well as sea shanty singer Paul Hartney. It’s a stop-over event for Neil Young’s Monsanto Year’s tour— so we’ll have a full complement of organic agriculture activists in attendance, and perhaps a special guest or two. The focus of the training is on ‘terms of trade’ with a training by Food and Water watch regional director  Alex Beauchamps  and Maine Fair Trade and the Citizen Policy Commission about the impact of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade agreement) on New England agriculture.  Come early, stay late– tall ships forever!


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a new economy on the land: severine fleming, agrarian

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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complete list of maine sail freight events

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The Project Homepage has descriptions of the full schedule of events:

(*some require RSVP)

June 28: Songs of Land and Sea by Brian Dewan. Halcyon Grange, Blue Hill ME
July 10: Windjammers Parade. Rockland, ME

July 14-15: LaFayette’s Hermione. Public Dock, Castine, ME

July 18, 19, 20: Tall Ships Event. Portland Harbor, ME

July 20: TPP/TTIP Hipster Picnic with Young + Old Rockstars live! Concert and day sails. Prescott Park and Waterfront, Portsmouth, NH

August 3: Sail and lecture aboard the Gundalow Company’s Piscataqua Sailing barge, regional foods dinner at the shore-side Piscataqua Cafe. New Castle, NH

August 11: Family Day and boat parade down the Kennebec river. Town Park, Hallowell, ME (4 pm til dark)

August 14-16: Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Fair. Rockland, ME

August 23: Rendezvous in the Thoroughfare. Waterman’s Red BarnFreight Shed, North Haven, ME

August 27: Cargo Load. Portland Harbor, ME

August 29: Arrival at  Long Wharf tip, at compass rose plaza,  Boston Harbor, MA

August 30: Cargo Unload. Boston Harbor Union Wharf and Boston Public Market, MA


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transformational workshop on transformational landscapes

imageWhile we’re on the subject of Orchards, this is a great time to remind you that the next workshop in Eliza Greenman’s Home Orchard Series is coming up! See details below.

August 8th: Fruit Exploring and Summer Grafting

Learning from the landscape is one of our best tools in combating climate change and forming a more sustainable agricultural future. If you know where to look and what to look for, the landscape transforms itself into a realm of purposeful human legacies and thriving natural adaptations. Fruit Explorer/Orchardist Eliza Greenman will teach you how to track human legacy through trees, select for wild and thriving genetics, and how to propagate it all through summer bud grafting.
When: August 8th: 9-4
Where: Greenhorns Headquarters: 5797 Rt. 22. Westport, NY
Cost: $25 per person. 25 slots available.
What to Bring: Camera, notebook, single beveled knife (grafting knife preferred), footwear and clothing for walking outside, sun protection.
How to register: Email Eliza Greenman to reserve a spot:egreenman (at) gmail.com with “WORKSHOP” as the subject

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