Sardine Camp, coming right up!

posted July 6, 2019

The end of the month at Smithereen Farms comes with a full serving of sardines — smoked, pickled, sauced — you name it. Join us for a dreamy and adventure-filled day on and off the water this July 31, SARDINE CAMP! For all yous out there craving an immersive, hands-on, salty summer escapade. Along with an in-depth look at the local history, ecological significance, and cultural importance of sardines and the Downeast Maine fishery.

For more information and RSVP, email Full day on a sliding scale to $80 includes boat ride, fishing, presentations with local experts and pickling/smoking workshop with James Beard award-winning chef Michael Wiles of Eventide restaurant. Delicious farm fresh & smoked sardine lunch at Reversing Hall, $20. Visit here for the line up of events and special guests and full details on the day.

Come for the sardines…stay for the blueberries!

Greenhorns Sardine Camp Flyer

dogfish: a shark for breakfast?

posted January 8, 2017

A shark called Dogfish. Photo by Ben de la Cruz/NPR.

Currently one of the most plentiful fished fish on the East Coast is actually a shark called dogfish, and yet most Americans have hardly even heard of it. So where are the catches going? Turns out, 90% of the fish Americans eat is imported, whereas 99% of dogfish is exported other places.


posted January 10, 2016

What is it about the ruthless sea? An acculturation in agricultural landscapes, full of flower buds, dewdrops, fresh hay, kittens and baby lambs cannot prepare you for the hard, chilling mechanics of a mechanized fish harvest. To my tender agrarian eyes, the fishing business is brutal. We may call them “stewards of the ocean” but lets face it—they are killing fish.

-Severine on the Alaskan fishing commons in “A Farm Organizer Visits Fish Country: Part II,” for In These Times. Read the rest of the article here!

drifting into feudalism

posted August 5, 2015

‘Sea Slaves’: The human misery that feeds pets and livestock

Men who have fled servitude on fishing boots recount beating and worse as nets are cast for the catch that will become pet food and livestock feed.


By Ian Urbina

Read the riveting article the the New York Times here: