Young farmers take to the seas— shipping 11 tons of Maine-grown cargo and organic food to Boston!

Yes, we did it!  We delivered food by sail to Boston.

All food is for sale at the BOSTON PUBLIC MARKET through Christmas 2015! We are celebrating Maine food, using the power of sail to draw (by now) some (by now) obvious conclusions on how Maine is poised to feed New England: delicious sustainable food. If you can come, COME. If you cannot, then please spread the word wide and far...
Here are photos of the Adventure, the products, the producers,  the distributors, and the wild ocean!

A huge catalogue of photos for spreading the word!

MSF Press release - February 2016


Here are some press reports!

WBUR piece - Boston Globe feature - Portland Press Herald article

Video from Bangor Daily News - Boston Magazine - Op Ed from Working Waterfront Magazine


Thanks to partners Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative, MOFGA and Maine Grain Alliance for making our regional holiday table possible. Did you know that Maine has a 40% increase in young farmers over the last census period! Find out why..







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Participating Day Sail operations: 

The Scholarshipwrights of Rockland's Tremolino

Bufflehead Sailing Charters, Rockland Contact Captain Daniel Bennett for details.


Upcoming Events

















Ways to Participate!


Connections! Do you know someone between Boston and Maine that is a radical historian, involved in sailing culture or invested in re-imagining our food system? How about a Maine-based land farmer, or fisher-person whose products we must include? Let us know! We're looking to populate events+ stops with well-wishers, educators, professionals in adjacent fields, and a diverse texture of engaged, knowledgeable and thoughtful supporters. It is this audience of actors, who will drive the conversation about what the boat-trip means.  That is a job we share together, looking out on the horizon to interpret emergent possibilities.

You, and they can help use the boat as a vessel for positive discourse, a literal and figurative vehicle the issues that need airing, need wind, need a celebratory banner flown overhead. We welcome your agenda, and your energy.

If you'd like a spot to put out materials, we've got a folding table and a beautiful thematic tablecloth for you. If you've got a speaker-suggestion, topic-suggestion, or other suggestion you’d like to share, drop us a line. 

The issues we're looking to highlight; care+ governance of the commons, access to land, shoreline and ocean, the wild history of trade routes and possibilities for appropriately complex future schemes, recruiting the next generation of producers and locally owned businesses on land and sea, regional food logistics (with help from the amazing crew at Crown Of Maine Organic Cooperative!), cooperative freighting software schemes, alternative modes of freight transportation, sea-faring history, pirates, rum, whaling and slave trade. Facing these histories can help us interpret what actions to take for the future-- which is here, and will last longer than we think.


Volunteers! We must place our Maine Sail Freight propaganda materials (posters + postcards) on every town bulletin board, telephone pole, health food shop, museum shop, and kindergarten between mid-coast Maine and Boston!  Just think- you can use organic Maine-grown flour to make the wheat-paste.

Interested in staffing launch events including retail sails, promotion, tabling and outreach components? How about cooking delicious, organic food for event attendees or hanging up posters & passing out postcards? We're looking for artists + craftspeople, sailors and their boats and chefs- tell us what you'd like to do and where. 


Sponsors! Do you know folks that would be willing to lend their support in the form of kind donations of time, labor or expertise?  We're on the lookout for project sponsors, co-sponsors and supporters. This might include using your mailing list and social reach to get the word out and about to grangers, rotarians, micro-historians and futurists.


Our Wish List includes donations of:

  • Printing
  • Food
  • Beverages (Rum, + traditional spirits)
  • Sailing canvas
  • Cleaned oyster or scallop shells
  • Sheep's wool
  • Nautical Arcana for our educational display in Boston
  • Sail Freight historical imagery, press clippings, raffle items

Fundraising efforts support not just the actualization of Maine Sail Freight's artistic elements, coordination and educational programs--- it will also go to the Maine Sail Freight Purse, the prize awarded at the end of our design charrette, to the young nautical visionaries with a model for keeping this project going. Please donate today!

There's no better way to spend a summer day than on the coast of Maine! We're looking for help in 2 or 4 hour stints at events as well as postering up and down the Coast. Just let Jon know and we'll sign you up!

Thank you so much, we look forward to working with you on this project to support working sail along Maine's coasts and rivers,


Abby Sadauckas &

Severine v T Fleming

+ our wonderful collaborators & partners







This lively conversation at COA will range around the topics up and down the trophic scale. Kate Rich, and Severine v T Fleming consider trade-routes past, present and future, their philosophical, infrastructural, political economy and human consequences and requirements. The presentation will serve as orientation into the work of Maine Sail Freight, recruitment for the 2016 sailing & trading season, as well as to solicit comments and gather information from attendees about what kinds of parameters would inform a software platform designed around sail- boat traffic along the Maine Coast. Yes, they’d like to make it possible for boats already traveling down to the Caribbean for winter, and up along the east coast in summer, to transport cargo between humans and ports of call.

Kate Rich is an artist and trader from Bristol UK. She runs an open-source software platform and underground freight network called Feral Trade, which harnesses the spare freight capacity of existing journeys to transport grocery items between cities. Her main line is coffee, which she trades in direct from the farmer in Mexico. Kate is fascinated by the emergence of international sail trade movement, the values and practices embedded in this liminal economy, and the opportunities for a global, hybrid and convivial transport system.

Severine v T Fleming is an organizer and activist director of Greenhorns which last year celebrated the inaugural voyage of Maine Sail Freight. This initiative shipped Maine-grown farm products ( jams, pickles, dry beans etc) on the historic schooner, Adventure, down along the coast to be sold at the new Boston Public Market, just a few blocks from the harbor. Greenhorns, a young farmers advocacy organization, sees Sail Freights a means to invoke maritime history as a platform for a future-oriented conversation, involving actors across the watershed and food-shed in prototyping and enacting a more regional, more prosperous and more ecological farm economy. Maine leads New England in terms of new farmer entrants, with a 40% increase in farmers under 35 in the last census period. Maine Sail Freight is an elaborate stunt to suggest a bigger market for Maine-grown goods in New England, and to encourage more of these Maine farm businesses to add value and local character to their farm products, diversifying the regional diet.

Natalie Jeremijenko is an associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Department and Environmental Studies program. Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic—facilitating public and lifestyle experiments that can aggregate into significant human and environmental health benefits. Jeremijenko was granted Most Innovative People award in 2013, most influential women in technology 2011, one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review and 40 most influential designers.
Summer 2016: Maine Sail Freight @ Penobscot Marine Museum Searsport MAINE
The Penobscot Marine Museum brings history to life. With a large collection of Marine Paintings, living history exhibits, and a series of workshops that interpret Maine’s maritime cultural heritage, Penobscot Marine Museum is a wonderful, kid- friendly outing. Summer 2016, Greenhorns Sail Freight collaborates with the museum to expand and elaborate on trade, trading, and traders of the ocean. Come trace the ‘sail trail’ in the collection of Marine Paintings, and learn about the Maine shipping economy through its many phases. The painted exhibit shows what was traded, by whom, and on what terms, with some captain’s commentary and harbor- gossip from historic logs.
• Learn about the trade that built your beloved town on the Maine coast, and the wild tales and trade items brought home to patient wives by adventuring merchants.
• Visit exhibits interpreting coastal, river, and fisheries history
• See contemporary and historic goods transported by ship, heft some hard-
tack, learn about Molasses trade in colonial Caribbean, cargo-loading the China-clippers, shipping flour to the California gold-rush economy around Cape Horn! Can you imagine?!
For comments, contact communications director Kathy Goldner:
Additional Contacts:
Kate Rich //
Kathy Goldner // Marada Cook//




Lafayette's Hermoine

July 14-15 // Castine, ME

Twenty years ago, a small group dreamed of reconstructing an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship called the Hermione. Today, the majestic vessel is the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years. The Hermione has set sail in France, launching an adventure that comes to the USA in the summer of 2015 for an unprecedented voyage. July's waterfront festival in Castine includes tours of the Hermione, traditional Acadian and Franco-American music, storytelling and dance, local Maine food and interactive art projects.


Tall Ships

July 18-20 // Portland, ME

On July 18, 2015, a fleet of magnificent tall ships will sail into Portland’s harbor as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 series of races and public maritime festivals. The festival features vendors, entertainers and food trucks all featuring what Portland is famous for- its maritime history, hospitality and FOOD!


TTIP Picnic

July 20 // Thompson's Point, Portland, ME

A full afternoon and evening with a focus on ‘terms of trade’ with a training by Alex Beauchamps of Food and Water watch about the impact of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade agreement) on New England agriculture.  Concert including some of our favorite agrarian bands including Will Dailey, The Parlor, the Milk and Honey Rebellion + Paul Hartysea shanties. 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.



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.



Family Sail Day and Boat Parade


August 11 // Hallowell, ME

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

On August 11th, in Hallowell, Maine (just next to the capital city of Augusta) from 4pm - dusk, we’ve got a wonderful program of family-friendly activities offered in conjunction with the Hallowell Farmers Market. Activities include a scavenger hunt and lesson on river trade (thanks to the historians at Old Fort Western) plus a small fleet of traditional Norse wooden-boats led by the Scholarshipwrights, who will sail down the Kennebec River to pick up cargo from the farmers market at the town landing. Children will be amused and educated by the programming thanks to additional partners Sheepscot General StoreDuckback Work-song singers, and Grange-Corner Farm.

Free & Open to the Public


4:00 pm Meet the sailors, touch the boats
4:30 - 5:15 pm Load cargo + send off
5:15 pm Learn & sing sea shanties with Edith Gawler & Bennett Konesni of
6 pm Maine Grains from sheaf to loaf with Sam Mudge of Grange Corner Farm
7pm Craft Beer “Fast-track Teach-In” Location TBD with local policy makers

This event was made possible due to invaluable partnership + support from:
Crown O’ Maine Organic Cooperative, Fiddler’s Green Farm, Penoscot Marine Museum, Scholarshipwrights of Rockland & Sheepscot General

We thank particularly- Arista, Taryn & Marada whose virtues + praises cannot be sung loudly enough


Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show

August 14-16 // Rockland, ME

We’re excited to be part of the line-up of vendors that include Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors together in ONE place at ONE time! This three-day event will include live music, great local food and events for the entire family. We’re looking for help staffing the Sail Freight table, so let Jon know if you’d like to join us there!



Rendezvous in the Thoroughfare

Sunday August 23 // Waterman's Community Center, North Haven, ME

1pm - 6pm

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.

1:00 Picnic Lunch  & Oyster Tasting (bring your own lunch or visit Cooper’s Landing)

2:00 Lydia Brown, North Haven’s farming history

3:00 Produce arrives from Sparkplug Farm on Vinalhaven.

4:00 Visit the North Haven Historical Society and view their collections

Attend the event via ferry-- we strongly recommend you review information about visiting North Haven and plan your trip accordingly.

Community Cargo Load

Thursday August 27 // Portland Yacht Services, 400 West Commercial Street, Portland, ME

Morning The Schooner ADVENTURE Sails into Portland Harbor from her home port of Gloucester, MA

she docks at 400 Commercial Street ( Portland Yacht Services)

Noon Leah Cook, Chief Stevedore oversees loading of the cargo in the boat.

2pm Historian William Leavenworth Gives “ Ice tea Stevedore pep talk” on Maritime history at 400 Commercial street.

5pm Gulf of Maine Research Institute panel discussion (350 Commercial St.) about the shared principles and practices that connect our coastline and traditional ports of call in the Caribbean Ocean: local food sovereignty, community fisheries, and campesino agroecology.

The panel includes Heather Retberg of Quill End Farm, Robin Alden of Penobscot East Resource Center, and Florence Reed of Sustainable Harvest, which does Agroecology work in Latin Amcaeri.Moderated by Lisa Fernandes

In the global south, where 98% of the world's hungry people live, development aid largely supports chemical-dependent production of export crops offering abysmal work conditions and erratic income that does not allow farm workers to adequately feed their families. This might explain why 80% of those going hungry live in rural areas where they could grow a healthy diet for themselves and others if they had access to a sustainable farming extension program (such as the one that Sustainable Harvest International has proven successful for nearly twenty years).

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.

Fishing can be viewed as a metaphor for our challenge as humans: the key to a healthy fishery is to use a natural system and live within its bounds. The transport and market system is a key element in making sustainable fishing feasible, long term.

7pm drinks at the schooner at 400 Commercial St

8pm Benefit dinner to support Sail Freight prepared by Vinland Chef David Levi.

*You can buy a ticket for dinner.

*You can also buy goods from the boat to be delivered in Portland or shipped nationwide from Fiddler's Green.

Visit our Meetup page.


Friday August 28  // The Schooner ADVENTURE departs at Dawn from Portland, sails down the coast.


Arrival at Long Wharf tip, at Compass Rose Plaza

Saturday August 29 //  Boston Harbor, MA

The schooner will sail into Boston Harbor in the evening, only the wind knows at what time exactly. Take a chance out on the water or from shore. Late night SKUL rides down to Long wharf to celebrate the longstanding tradition of informal trade.


Evening Harbor cruise, and chance a glimpse of the Schooner ADVENTURE into harbor

Book here:!ferry-schedule-summer/ca1j

Take a Harbor Sail aboard the Liberty Fleet!

Book here:

or call 617-742-0333


Walk the Freedom Trail or Harborwalk to learn about history and revolution,

enjoy cool breezes of evening, again keep a look out for the schooner!

Info here:

Info here:


Or visit old ironsides the “ USS Constitution” first ship commissioned by the new continental congress to fight pirates who interfered with early merchant shipping

Info here:


Sail Schooner docking overnight at Long wharf marina,  informal sailor debriefing

(bike/ pedestrian accessible)



Sunday August 30 // Boston Harbor Union Wharf and Boston Public Market, Boston, MA


We’ve decked out the Pavilion to welcome you.

Boat is docked off the tip of  Long Wharf,

look on your map for the  Compass Rose near Boston Aquarium.

Sunrise, hot tea!

8am - noon UNLOADING!

Join the stevedores unloading cargo into the Pavilion, and onto cherry red bike courier trailers.  Yipee Metro PEDAL power!

12 noon Sales begin of MAINE goods delivered via sail right there at the Long Wharf


Events  & Performances (12 noon - 7pm)


Long Wharf Pavilion of Commoners, meet organizations engaged in enlivenment, resilience, regional food and the human logistics of building a sustainable economy.

Pavilion of tablers includes:

Slow Money, Slow Food, Mass Horticulture, Metro Pedal Power, Crown of Maine Coop,  Cuisine En Locale, and Young Farmer Network.


12 noon- 2pm: Tours of historic Schooner, Adventure out of Gloucester.


1 pm  Brian Dewan sings “Songs of Land & Sea”

3.00- 3.30pm: Sea shanties with Revels Legend David Coffin

4pm: “Commons of Land and Sea: seaweed and community fisheries in a changing climate”

Niaz Dory-----Pierre Belanger-----Anamarija  Frankic-- at the Long wharf Pavillion


Pierre Bélanger is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the MDes Postgraduate Design Research Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Cross-appointed with the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Advanced Studies Program, Bélanger teaches and coordinates graduate courses on the convergence of ecology, infrastructure, media and urbanism in the interrelated fields of design, communications, planning and engineering.

In response to the inertia of urban planning and the overexertion of civil engineering in public works today, Bélanger’s contribution to the field of “landscape infrastructure” has been shared and developed in collaboration with governments, professionals and academics worldwide. Vis-à-vis the complexities, magnitudes and indeterminacies of urban change, Bélanger’s core commitment lies in the agency of landscape architecture to redefine the morphology of urban infrastructure in research, pedagogy and practice.

Niaz Dory is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). For the past 20 years, Niaz has been working on advancing the rights and ecological benefits of the small-scale fishing communities as a means of protecting global marine biodiversity. NAMA works with small and medium scale fishermen on policy alternatives and market transformation strategies that support traditional fishing communities to have the smallest ecological footprint and the biggest food system, economic and social impact. In winter 2007/2008, NAMA and the Port Clyde, Maine community pioneered the Community Supported Fishery (CSF) model, which has since grown to 50 + across the Americas and Europe through the network. Before joining NAMA, Niaz served as the Interim Chief Operations Office for the Healthy Building Network, and began working with small-scale, traditional, and indigenous fishing communities in the U.S. and from around the globe as a Greenpeace oceans and fisheries campaigner. Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for this work. Her fisheries articles appear regularly in Fishermen's Voice and SAMUDRA as well as a range of random publications. Niaz' work and approach have been noted in a number of books including Against the Tide, Deeper Shade of Green, The Spirit's Terrain, Vanishing Species, The Great Gulf, Swimming in Circles, A Troublemaker's Teaparty and The Doryman's Reflection. She is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Program’s Leading From Inside Out as well as Art of Leadership trainings. She serves on the executive committee of the National Family Farm Coalition and Granite State Fish, as well as on the core team of Food Solutions New England. She recently served as an advisor to the Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and Global Environment.

Anamarija Frankić is the director of the Green Harbors Project and an adjunct professor at the University of Split, Croatia. She also serves as an environmental advisor to the Government of Croatia, Ministry of Culture. Her interdisciplinary work is grounded in biology, ecology, limnology and marine science. //She has focused on applying science in coastal ecosystems conservation and management nationally and internationally. Professor Frankic helped initiate and develop major conservation projects in Croatia and the Adriatic region funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the European Union. Because her work coincides with that of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, Frankic is a member of the center's core team.//The vision, mission and goals of her work are based on the integration of teaching, service and scholarship in the practice of place-based coastal ecosystem stewardship. In 2009, she initiated the Green Harbors Project (GHP) with the vision that any urban harbor can become green and sustainable if managed within environmental limits, while recognizing strength in ecological and human diversity, and supporting local and place-specific economic production within a regional and global context. She developed and teaches "Introduction to Biomimicry "and recently became a biomimicry fellow.

Tuesday September 1 // Farmers Market - Cambridge, Harvard @Science Center

12-6pm Farmers Market - in partnership with Club Passim.

Wednesday September 2 // Boston Public Market, selling from the stall! 8am- 8pm

6pm- 8.30 pm

A conversation about the commons.

'Trade, Commons, Seedstock and Revolutionary Politics'

Brian Donahue, Margherita Desy & John Forti 

moderated by Severine v T Fleming

Boylston Hall 105 in Harvard Yard.

FREE and OPEN to the public

Boat-delivered Snacks will be served

We hope you can join for this event presented by Greenhorns' Maine Sail Freight  in collaboration with " Food Better" at Harvard University. 

ABOUT THE PANEL: The wind is a commons, the ocean currents are a commons. The seeds are a commons. What is our commons future and what kind of trade and economy can our ecology sustain? What can we learn from our maritime and trading history? How do we characterize and operationalize that common future?

Join Brian Donahue, Margherita Desi and John Forti for an evening panel and facilitated public discussion to bring these questions to the foreground. The Greenhorns' Maine Sail Freight project, delivering Maine-grown cargo to Boston's Long Wharf on August 30th prolongs these public- performance logistics with a series of public conversations. This Harvard event is just one. Our boat-stunt, doing more than $70,000 in regional trade,  bring to an open conversation some tough questions we, the young community face together. Questions about trade, scale, technology, control and cooperation and values in this new economy we are building together.

What does it take to trade more regionally? (by boat or by truck) What insights can we draw from the taxonomy of of enclosure, colonialization, expropriation and commodity capitalism that give us tactical advantage in creating an alternative.

As young farmers, we know the climate is changing-- business climate too.  How can historical literacy give us advantage in our opportunism, to build businesses where they will be needed.  The historians in this panel know about our early maritime economy and the beginnings of US militarism, they know about enclosure of the commons, land-use, indigenous and traditional agriculture of this country. They are looking

Young farmers struggling to afford land, earn a decent living in a sector made nearly impossible by federal food, land use and immigration policy-- staying stubbornly positive about the future makes a big difference. We know that historical literacy is a critical platform for courage and stamina in these trying times.  Let us face the work ahead emboldened by an elongated remembrance of history, geography and the epic ( and revolutionary ) events which brought us here today-- the smuggling, breeding and adaptation of seeds, the non-tragedies and subaltern survival narratives of commoning past and present.  The future is a long time.  FREE EVENT . Boat snacks provided.

Brian Donahue is an associate professor of American Environmental Studies on the Jack Meyerhoff Fund and the director of the Brandeis Environmental Studies program. His talk is entitled, Common Values, the Market, and A New England Food Vision.

Donahue teaches courses on environmental issues, environmental history and sustainable farming and forestry. He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the Brandeis program in the History of American Civilization. He co-founded and for 12 years directed Land's Sake, a nonprofit community farm in Weston, Mass., and was director of education at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.

John Forti - The Heirloom Gardener on facebook, Governor of Slow Food Massachusetts, Director of Horticulture at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Learn more about John at

Entitled Slow Food ~ Sustainable Gardens Inspired by the past, John's talk helps to foster a better understanding of environmental stewardship, organic gardening, and the sustainable practices that will help us to live more sustainably in the future. The artisanal crafts known to gardeners through the centuries are once again taking root in the farmers markets, back yards and kitchens of the 21st century, and this talk helps to lead the way. We will explore Slow Food, Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT), organic practices, and the rare heirloom produce that helped to feed and medicate us 12 months a year from our own back yards. So sit back around the table and enjoy this exploration of the new “democratization of American food”.

Margherita M. Desy - is the historian of USS Constitution, launched in 1797 she is one of the original six frigates to make up the NEW UNITED STATES NAVY.  USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world and America's Ship of State- built to defend US trading vessels against piracy.

Severine v T Fleming is director of Greenhorns, and co-coordinator, with Abby Sadaukas, of the Maine Sail Freight project. Greenhorns is a grassroots organization working to support, promote and recruit the incoming generation of organic farmers. Check out our podcasts, documentary, blog, anthology, almanacs, film series, and various art stunts/ mixers.

Here's photos of the boat.


LOCATION: 540 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210 CONTACT:(617) 451-1234

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Projects of Interest



Vermont Sail Freight

Vermont Sail Freight Project

Vermont to Manhattan: 2013


Sail Freight Worldwide

Andreas Lackner, Fairtransport

Marcus Rowden, Grayhound Lugger Sailing

Hans Zeeldieb, Onion Johnnies

Emily Penn, EXXpedition

Jo Royle, Ocean’s Advocate

Mike Longman, The Chocolarder

Kate Rich, Feral Trade

Maine Sail Trade

New Dawn Traders

Sail Med Project – Spetses, Greece

Maine Historical
Cipperly Good, Curator of Penobscot Marine Museum

Lu Yoder, consultant to:
Mast Brothers

Sail Vessel Kwai

Clearwater Sloop

The Pumpkin Run, Hudson Clearwater Sloop, NY 1986

Lance Lee, a short history of educational boat building in Maine

Dave Berry, the Beth Alison of Merrymeeting Farm

New Dawn Traders, England


2014 Activites / Resources

Below are activities which occurred in preparation for the 2015 launch, please see our 2015 Events section to participate.

Where we've been so far:

Many of you attended the event back in June at the Lincolnville "Tranquility" Grange Hall, where we heard from:

- Cipperly Good, Penobscot Marine Museum on the history of Sail Freight in Maine
- Lu Yoder, Sail Vessel Kwai on Commercial sail trade in the South Pacific
- Cate Cronin, Clearwater on Cultural Maiden of the Hudson
- Severine Fleming+Patrick Kiley, Vermont Sail Freight Project on 2013's Maiden voyage
- Marada Cook, Crown of Maine Cooperative about the marketplace and producers
- Lance Lee, Apprenticeshop and Tancook Whaler about eager young sailors and boat builders
- Eli Rugosa from Mystic Sheaf Traders about her vision for sailing heritage wheat products

Since then we've been gathering together the team of advisors, and preparing a plan to move forward with the revival project.



Phase 1.
Gossip and scheme, build the team

Phase 2.
Support the team, platform

Phase 3.
Ship the cargo+ celebrate the teams!

We looked at various sail freight projects, collaboratives, businesses and art-stunts around the world, and designed our course of action for Maine, where the fish, sail, farm and builder communities are so strong already. The plan is to create a "Community Platform for Sail Freight". Boats are glorious, coasts are magnificent, the sail gives it all an air of magic, but can we succeed to make even the LOGISTICS of cargo-transport a cultural happening?  Yes, lets try.

1. Design Charrette phase.
Promotion, coordination of a Maine Sail Freight Expo, Summer 2015.
Here, 5 sail freight proposals will get to present their plans to 'take the coast' to a tipsily enthusiastic, and well fed audience. The winner of the contest will get a bounty (which we have to raise). Everyone will meet each other and share in the glorious details.

2. Cargo logistics platform  
We will create an open-source cargo-management platform where sailors, hoteliers, shop-keepers and farmers can post their products/ markets. This platform will be modeled after Feral trade, an imaginal smuggling project. It is spare, a bit like craigslist, but can get the job done. Compare that with "Good Eggs" which is Venture Capital funded, and charges farmers an unreasonable fee to coordinate logistics.

3. Actual boat operations and sales.
We will support with communications and other help, any and all autonomous sail captains who take this on, so far we know of a few initiatives: 

- 'Farm Hack team' are planning to retro-fit an old iron Herring-boat, and open-source the design
- Scholarshipwrights, are working on the Hampton boat
- Mystic Sheaf Traders, have a Baba
- Know of any others?

How you can help the effort, if so inclined:

Partnerships and Bounty

We're looking to connect with you: land people, boat people, dock people, salt-water farms with harbors, that means museums who care about the history of sail freight, and people who care about the future of Maine's image.  

  • We are actively seeking partnerships at this time, with motivated adjacent stakeholders who want to jump in to help pull off the various parts of the project.
  • We need a coast guard liaison.
  • We need a foundation (or two) that wants to provide general support to pay for coordination, promotion, networking and soft costs. We would love the gift of a bounty, for the winning boat.
  • In the docking towns, we need the names of grocers and farm markets, restaurants, buyers clubs-preferably those that are walking distance from the harbor/ dock.



We hope you will join us in early summer, for an evening event exploring possibilities for a Maine Sail Freight Project along our fine seacoast. On June 22 we'll join with Penobscot Marine Museum, MOFGA, Maine Farmland Trust for a Grange-hosted potluck dinner, and panel presenters from around New England.

If you've been following the revival of the working sail, you may have caught the maiden voyage of the Vermont Sail Freight Project last fall, further afield there's New Dawn Traders in England, Salish Sea Traders in Puget Sound, Sailing Vessel Kwai out of the Cook Islands, and a Tres Hombres, traveling with rum and cocoa to the Netherlands!

Here's a great video of the Dutch:

And the proud Vermonters:

Each boat, and each route carries its own particular flavor, mission and salty cast of characters. What they share is a notion to shift the conversation about shipping. Its the whimsical flank on a movement thats working across sectors to build more regional food-supply chains, and reforming our transportation system to reduce energy dependency and carbon pollution.

Last October, the Vermont Sail Freight project delivered 50 thousand dollars of regionally produced foods (syrup, honey, beans, carrots, pickles, jellies and goat milk caramels) a mere 330 miles downstream in a home-built plywood barge, stopping to sell food in canal towns long abandoned by freighters, and eager for the return of regional trade. Imagine what could be possible in Maine, with a rich maritime history, a vital conservation movement, and the ongoing explosion of local, organic food production all along the coast. What a chance to inspire summer visitors to eat local everywhere, as well as on vacation.

Come aboard the planning phase of this journey, the proposed project will be a partnership between local farmers, local sailors, Greenhorns (a national young farmer network), Penobscot Marine Museum and others.

Come on June 22 for an evening of information and idea sharing. Please bring ideas, proposals, vessel suggestions and nautical route perspectives. Please bring a potluck dish to share. The panel presentations will be followed by a facilitated community conversation about what lies ahead for the project. We're committed to a collaborative, exploratory experience that is both educationally and culturally significant for the students, communities, farmers and citizens involved. Hurray for a futurist, full-sail opportunity to look towards the horizon at an economy we define according to share values. Join us, for an evening together.

please RSVP for event to:
Kathy Goldner (

4.30pm Drinks and Entry
Partner orgs have tableing opportunity
Silent Screening of Coaster: The Adventure of the John Levitt

Bar by Marshall Wharf Brewing

Introductions, Severine Fleming, Kathy Goldner, Grange Hosts
“Inclusive Meta statement of purpose”
5.45 pm Patrick Kiley and Severine Fleming report on the Vermont Sail Freight Project with slideshow
6.15 pm Lu Yoder, Sailing Vessel Kwai, Cook Islands- Hawaii a look at the global movement in Sail Freight
Slide show: Sail Freight Around the world

Intermission to start Pot Luck Dinner

Panel continues:
6.45 Cate Cronin, The History of the Clearwater
7.00 Cipperly Good Penboscot Marine Museum history of sail freight
7.30 Elisheva Kaufman, Mystic Sheaf Traders vision
7.45 Lance Lee, history of Aprenticeshop and the experiments in Sail freight

8.00 Q+ A period

8 pm Facilitated community brainstorming session!

water color by Ginny Maki

Sail Freight Projects that will be mentioned during the event:

Video Clip: The John Levitt, 1970's Maine, which sank off the coast less than a week after launching.

Sail-powered freighter days return to coast - Bangor Daily News - Aug. 9, 1979











Maine Sail Freight Boat Design Charrette March 2016:

In March 2016 we will host a community platform for Sail Freighters with the 5 best boat presentations.

A highly qualified jury will select the winning proposal which will get a prize, everyone else will also get the prize of showing off their idea and meeting other people who may join their team as sailor.

Invited to the event:

Community organizers
Cultural spectators

Know of other individuals or organizations in Maine working in adjacent areas who might be excited to take part in the cross-sectoral collaboration of building an imaginal trade route, and creating the magical and spontaneous educational moments for children or coordinated food distribution success with the Maine Sail Freight Fleet?

Working Waterfront
Land preservation
Historic Preservation
New Economy
Sustainable Agriculture

please spread the word, and let us know who to reach out to!

- Severine v T Fleming (
- Kathy Goldner (
( event co-coordinators)