Join Sarah Redmond and a special guest teacher for a full day session about seaweed! This will include:
– Presentations and Slideshows at the Reversing Hall, field study on the shore.
– Orientation to the inter-tidal and the marine biology found there.
– Introduction to wildcrafting and farming edible seaweeds
– Look at the history of seaweed aquaculture around the world.
– Looking at the potential in Maine: opportunities and risks
– Introduction to the work of Elinor Ostrom on the Commons, and principles of community resource management
– Introduction to species, ecology, ethics, equipment, siting considerations, seasonality, harvest, processing.
– We’ll discuss bio-safety protocols, health and disease management strategies.
– We will talk about local economy, political ecology and learning our lessons from fisheries history in Maine.
– We’ll discuss what kind of policy is needed create a strong, sustainable and resilient sector in Maine that is inviting to young, conservation-minded mariculturists
– We’ll evaluate wild and cultivated products, discuss best practices and market potential
– We will have plenty of time for discussion.
Sarah Redmond is an entrepreneur, innovator, and seaweed farmer on the coast of Maine. Holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Aquaculture from the University of Maine, and a Master’s of Science in Marine Botany from the University of Connecticut, her work has inspired a domestic seaweed revival through her work at NOAA’s Maine Sea Grant program as a farmer, researcher, educator, and research specialist from 2012-2016. A recognized leader in the development of seaweed mariculture, she has helped establish farms and nurseries throughout the Northeast, inspiring others to love, grow, use, and appreciate our native seaweeds. She is currently working as a full-time seaweed farmer to develop a seaweed aquaculture industry in Maine that will produce healthy, nutrient dense sea vegetables, provide economic opportunities to coastal communities, and bring seaweeds to America in a clean, sustainable, and accessible way. She has a 24-acre seaweed farm in Downeast Maine where she cultivates dulse and four different types of kelp.
Farm lunch provided $200/Scholarships available firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP