the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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HEY BOSTON, COME OUT TO THE COMPASS ROSE!

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Its easy. walk there from the aquarium. Walk there from the Boston Public Market! Walk through the North end!

Oh, why, do you ask? Because the Maine Sail Freight is docking there TOMORROW night (that’s Saturday August 29)! Be there to see it! Be there to unload Sunday morning at 8:00, and then spend the day exploring the harbor, listening to Songs of Land and Sea, and learning more about strengthening our local economies.


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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.

ADVENTURE HISTORY:

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.

For more information: http://www.schooner-adventure.org

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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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the revival is real!

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Sailing Dog, a sail freight focused on sustainable trade in western Washington, comprised a list of the working sail’s around the world.  The twelve listed all share equally inspiring visions to that of the Maine Sail Freight. From moving fair-trade chocolate, rum, and coffee, to local farm produce, and meeting the needs of remote islands, sail-powered shipping is alive across the globe!

If you know of a working sail not listed, make sure to contact them. Many of the projects are open to new crew members as well. Take a ride on the open sea and build resiliency of local economy!


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food sovereignty & regional resilience panel

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Maine Sail Freight Food Sovereignty & Regional Resilience Panel
Thursday August 27 // Gulf of Maine Research Institute 350 Commercial St, Portland, ME
5pm – 7pm
suggested donation: $10.00/at the door

Even if you can’t make it to part of our Community Cargo Loading event during the day, consider attending this exciting panel of Mainers actively building systems of local food resilience and food sovereignty.

Maine Sail Freight invites you to a panel discussion on Connecting Food Sovereignty, Fisheries, and the Latin American experience in rebuilding regional resilience, land health and rural wealth. The panel includes Robin Alden of Penobscot Resource Center East, Heather Retberg of Quill’s End Farm, and Florence Reed of Sustainable Harvest International with moderator Lisa Fernandes of The Resilience Hub.

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.

Come for refreshments and good hearty discussion!

*You can buy a ticket for dinner here.

Schedule below…
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come one, come all to the grand dinner in portland, me

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We bet you have been looking for another way to support the maiden voyage of Maine Sail Freight. Well, baby, we’ve got it! On Thursday August 27th, the Greenhorns are teaming up with the talented Chef David Levi of Vinland to bring you a fabulously decadent dinner of local foods prepared specially to evoke the spirit of sea faring. The festivities kick off at 7 pm in Portland, ME with appetizers and mingling. Dinner commences at 8 pm.

Tickets are $125 and are limited in number. So, buy you tickets now! Put on your fancy dresses! Tie your bowties! Support our sail!


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more fish in the sea

trout-539599_1280NPR’s The Salt on “Why 500 Million Seafood Meals Get Dumped in the Sea.”

Because I am willing to bet that– at least when it comes to the readers of this blog– the woman quoted at the end of the article is wrong.

“People don’t want to know all this,” she says. “In general, they just want to know what [color-coded label] to look for.”

This post brought to you by our continued excitement for Maine Sail Freight.


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two chances to hear songs of maine by away down east this week

note: this is not actually the From Down East. This is the cover of a beautiful volume by William Blake (also comes highly recommended).

note: this is not actually the From Down East. This is the cover of a beautiful volume by William Blake (also comes highly recommended).

Can You Sing “Maine”?
Songs of Maine’s Fishermen, Sailors, Lumberjacks, River Drivers, & Shore Workers

featuring: From Away Downeast, America’s Easternmost Chantey Group will be playing the fiddle, guitar, banjo, and harmonica this week in Maine, and we highly recommend you make it one (if not both) of the shows. Singing along is strongly encouraged, and family members of all ages are welcome to attend.

First, they will performing Monday, August 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Indian River Community Association at 1440 Indian River Road in Addison, ME. Admission to this event will be by donation to the building repair fund. For more information, email rick@snyderman-works.com or call 207-497-2450.

Then! On Wednesday, August 19th, Songs of Maine will continue with a FREE SHOW at the Pembroke Library on 221 Old County Road, Pembroke, ME, opposite the fair grounds and horse track. For more information on this show, call 207-726-4747, 726-4745, or email seasongs@207me.com


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book the bufflehead for next week’s greenhorns rendezvous in the thoroughfare

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August 23 Watermans Community Center : North Haven, Maine
1pm- 6pm Come join us in the North Haven thoroughfare! IF YOU’D LIKE TO SAIL OUT ON THE BUFFLEHEAD TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS, BOOK HERE
Schedule:
1:00 Picnic Lunch  & Oyster Tasting (bring your own lunch or visit Cooper’s Landing)
2:00 Lydia Brown, author of On Solid Ground will start this event with a history of North Haven’s farming history. Nan Lee, president of North Haven’s Historical Society will bring along historical images and artifacts and Adam Campbell, owner and operator of North Haven Oyster Company will be shucking oysters and reliving his days of working aboard schooners in his early twenties.
3:00 Produce arrives from Sparkplug Farm on Vinalhaven.
4:00 Visit the North Haven Historical Society and view their collections
5:00 Harvey Gamage sails into North Haven thoroughfare! Watch by land or sea as she sails into harbor. Ceremonial cargo loading to follow.

Special thanks to Arista Holden, Lance Lee and the Scholarshipwrights of Rockland


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from maine to boston by ship: a local economy stunt by young farmers with a long view

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THIS MONTH! The GREENHORNS’ MAINE SAIL FREIGHT will sail 11 tons of Maine-grown cargo from Maine to Boston aboard the beloved 131 foot traditional wooden schooner, Harvey Gammage. We will load cargo on August 23rd at Waterman’s  Community  Center at North Haven’s Fox Islands thoroughfare. The majority of cargo, 10 more tons, will come aboard on August 27th in Portland Harbor.

The  approximately  $70,000  worth  of  cargo,  packaged in traditional  boxes, will sail down the coast to Boston Harbor, where it will be celebrated and unloaded from the hold on August 30th at the Long Wharf (next to the Boston aquarium)! Then transported by a fleet of cherry red trailer bicycles to Boston public markets and other locations. The cargo will be pre-sold online, and also available for passers-by for purchase dockside. It comes in a few different size collections, from little canvas bundles to large wooden barrels. BUY MAINE SAIL FREIGHT GOODS NOW!

All events are free and open to the public! Please join us! Also, check out this great article about Maine Sail Freight in the Portland Press Herald.


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behold the beautiful cargo!


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Photo cred for these stunning photographs goes to the talented Lawrence Braun, and we hope that you will consider supporting him by purchasing a photograph or two while you’re poking around in the gallery. They make excellent desktop backgrounds, cabin decor, and birthday presents.

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last minute tickets!

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Sail on the PISCATAQUA
August 4 // Portsmouth, NH
Sail on the PISCATAQUA – a reproduction of the historic cargo barges that carried freight on coastal rivers in New Hampshire and Maine. Event includes regional foods dinner and lecture on historical river trade by Jeffrey Bolster, author of the Mortal Sea. Space is limited and proceeds benefit Maine Sail Freight.


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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.

Sponsored by Greenhorns…. Click HERE to read more!