We are so proud of this awesome collaboration. If you’ve been wondering how a maritime art stunt fits into the mission of an organization that supports farmers (I mean, talk about your landlubbers!), this publication is for you! Manifesta lays out the story, history, discourse, and activism behind the Maine Sail Freight project last summer! The un-monograph is a fun and galvanizing read, and we think it is going to make a real believer out of you!
This is a story about a group of young farmers staging a pageant-like protest about the terms of trade in our agricultural economy, and the nature of transportation and exchange within that model.
It’s an elaborate stunt, invoking colonial history and the maritime ex- traction economy of coastal Maine as a platform for discourse on a more regional, more prosperous, and more diverse food economy for the future.
We claim the ocean as an ally and a commons—a venue to imagine what a world where 60% of the retail price goes to the farmer, and view- point from which to watch the farmers of the region operate, and co-oper- ate to circulate wealth and add value. We raise a flag for food sovereignty on the mast of our sail boat.
We are not content to labor where 70% of the agricultural work is performed by those without citizenship. We are not content to operate
in a high-volume, low-value commodity extraction economy. We are not content to be silent while our nation negotiates yet more free trade agree- ments freeing only those at the top of the capitalist slag heap and chaining the rest of us to their terms.
This project is our retort!
We are SO HAPPY to see continued discussion of SAIL FREIGHT!
Like they said in the Portland Press Herald:
“It’s art. It’s protest. It’s celebration. And, who knows? It may even be a practical way to get cargo to market.”
“Together, we will envision an energy efficient, sustainable regional food system using our waterways. We will focus on how to connect mid-sized upstate farmers with underserved NYC neighborhoods using a barge on the Hudson River, and challenge the status quo. With your help, we want take real steps towards a viable alternative to food filled trucks on our roads.”
Please note that you must be attending the conference and should RSVP to Jill Slater in advance if you would like lunch.
Maine Sail Freight is hiring!
Position: Sales Associate
Dear Mainers and Maine-lovers, Apply for this retail position to represent Maine Products and producers at the Boston Public Market during the busy holiday season.
Maine Sail Freight is a project of The Greenhorns, an 8 year old grassroots organization which works to promote, recruit and support the incoming generation of farmers through cultural programming and media production. Maine Sail Freight aims to illustrate and connect our regional foodshed using the logic of the landscape to orient the generation-long project of re-regionalizing our food supply. In partnership with Crown of Maine Organic Coop, we coordinated and delivered food, using the ocean as a trade-route.
Maine Sail Freight launched a pop up shop at the Boston Public Market in August, and now we are happy to partner with other organizations and business from Maine to extend the market presence into the Holiday season. Each of these organizations represent another segment of the growing sustainable agriculture economy in Maine, and we hope that our booth can be a pavillion that invites Bostonians and shopping tourists to explore all that Maine organic farming has to offer. Partners include: Maine Grain Alliance, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association, Maine Department of Agriculture, Crown of Maine Organic Coop+ Fiddlers Green Farm, Experience Maritime Maine.
Would you like to be the voice of this project and help spread the word about our regional food economy, to learn about and promote the programs of the partner organizations.
Learn more about the project: Continue reading