August 17th-25th Greenhorns Presents: Sail Training Camp: Downeast Foxfire with Arista Holden

Greenhorns is pleased to present our first sail training program, a follow up on Maine Sail Freight project, which brought us to Maine! Starting at Liberty Hall in Machiasport and visiting islands, coves, and historic sites while immersing students in the wild coastal ecology of Downeast Maine, this ten day course offers a birch bark crafting workshop, traditional seamanship training and all sorts of naturalist adventure. Yes, you will learn to row and sail aboard the 18th-century Bantry Bay gigs.

Starts in the afternoon on Friday the 17th, ends the morning of the 25th. Starts and Ends in Machiasport, Maine

44 ̊37’15” N 67 ̊23’03” W

$450 Includes:
Three meals a day with snacks.

Training in:
-Traditional seamanship: rowing, sailing, navigation, knots, tide and weather
-Spoon carving and birch bark containers
-Sustainable firewood lot management
-Island farming
-Leave No Trace camp craft techniques

*Does not Include:
-Getting to/from Machiasport. We will help you connect with other participants to carpool. The nearest International airport and bus station with connections to major US cities is in Bangor.

Group size: 15 people​
Sign up by June 1st.

*Our insurance requires the minimum age to be at least 16 at start of program.
*Scholarships avaliable

Here is sign up spot:

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

posted August 13, 2015

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
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

maine-made farm goods sailing soon

posted July 28, 2015

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!