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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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calling all dreamers and optimistic fools

Jonathan Edwards is playing a live benefit show for our friends at Stone Soup Institute in Harpswell, Maine THIS Friday!

SSI is a horse powered farm and school.  Courses offered integrate traditional as well as contemporary practices and knowledge in the Agrarian Arts, Crafts and Fine Arts.  The education stays in tune with the seasons. They also build tiny houses!

Jon Edwards is an ideal performer for this benefit because of his devotion to send a message through his music. Believing in who he is, longing for living a simple life, and staying true to himself is what makes him special for this show.

Go out to see a great show, be in good company, and support Stone Soup Institute! Buy your tickets here and get all the details!

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sail freight in the news


Maine Sail Freight offers a new way to think about trade

By Severine von Tscharner Fleming

What do we who produce food from the land and sea have in common? For one thing, a changing climate. Changes in the weather have big impacts on the businesses and industries that straddle nature and the market.
Another challenge is that farmers and fisher people are getting older, and both industries are critically reliant on young people entering the work.
But both farming and fishing show there are new ways forward, including alternative value-chains that respect the people and places involved.

Read more over at The Working Waterfront!

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happening today in portland, me!

  Come visit the young farmers who are coordinating this futurist pageant of logistics, using the power of the wind to capture imaginations and new markets for the rural economies of this tall state.  And come see the wooden schooner, the Harvey Gamage, a 131 foot schooner that will carry the cargo southwards.  Saturday, Sunday and Monday (July 18-20) they’ll be tabling with their wares as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE in Portland Maine. On Monday they’re throwing a “ TTIP Afterparty” at Thompson’s Point, on the waterfront in Portland Maine with four amazing live bands and a teach in by Food and Water Watch’s Sarah Alexander. Bands Include: The Parlor, Will Dailey and the Milk and Honey Rebellion

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complete list of maine sail freight events


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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