Seaweed Commons seeks to form ecological seaweed coalitions, support and inform public discourse, increase algal literacy, and advocate for an appropriately scaled, just seaweed economy. By providing the public with nuanced and accessible information on the politics, ecology, governance, and economy of marine algae, we aim to promote an open and informed public discourse essential to responsible decision-making and resource management.
Severine Fleming is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in Downeast Maine. She runs Smithereen Farm, a MOFGA certified organic wild blueberry, seaweed, and orchard operation which hosts summer camps, camping, and educational workshops. She is a founder and board member of Agrarian Trust and current director of the Greenhorns, a 15 year old grassroots organization whose mission is to recruit, promote, and support the incoming generation of famers in America. Severine brings her wide circle of allies and learnings from the young farmer's movement.
Lydia Lapporte works with small institutions in the fields of regional publishing, environmental education, Indigenous studies, arts, and commons-based resource use. She studied environmental humanities and studio art in school. Lydia is the administrative and archival force behind Seaweed Commons and runs the Smithereen Farm office.
Following cultural and culinary traditions that stretch back millennia all around the world, we continue to harvest edible algae by hand and bring beach wrack up to fertilize our home gardens. We run a small scale wild-harvest seaweed business together at Smithereen Farm, gently harvesting alaria, sugar kelp, digitata, nori, and sea lettuce and from the wild ocean commons.
A project of the Greehorns
For fifteen years, The Greenhorns have focused on cultural infrastructure for the incoming generation of organic farmers and ranchers. Our work has been to support young people entering the sector with education, training, networking, and acculturation into the life-world of the young farmers' movement.
We engage with agroecology, food sovereignty, regional food-system, ecological restoration, traditional and adaptive management practices, cooperative legal structures, open-source farm tool innovations, and more. We produce books, films, media, and projects spanning these topics. www.greenhorns.org
Just as The Greenhorns is concerned with the traditions, health, and future resilience of our agricultural landscapes and the peasants and family farmers who tend these places, so too are we concerned with the communities of the inter-tide and coastal ecology.
The latest from our blog...
An online series in 2021 to explore the resurgence of ancestral clam management practices.
Description of event 1: The purpose of this first webinar is to introduce the series and to co-create a vision for future webinars in this series that best serve coastal communities’ needs and priorities....
DATMA’s “WATER 2021” Brings International Hydro Art, Design, and Technology to Massachusetts’ Southern Coast
DATMA’s free public art projects will examine the role of water within the histories, economies, and cultures of several countries as well as SouthCoast Massachusetts—from its geographic location and its wide-ranging fishing industry to the technologies of the 21st century providing new sources of energy while protecting the fragile ecology of the region....
Century-old maps are helping track B.C.'s kelp forests — and their discovery was kind of an accident
The Canadian Press · Posted: Mar 01, 2019
A serendipitous meeting between a professor and a colleague last year led to a treasure trove of historical maps that indicated kelp bed locations off British Columbia's coast,...
Atlas Obscura 4/14/2020
Sargassum is the umbrella term for a group of marine algae species—within a larger group called seaweed—that’s fundamental to the health of an entire region of the Atlantic and the many species who either live there or pass through....
The Nature Conservancy and NOAA scientists publish first-ever global guidance on top locations for sustainable shellfish and seaweed farming
The Nature Conservancy 08/2020
As the world faces increasing pressures to conserve vulnerable ocean environments,...
Huffington Post 12/21/2020
National Organic Standards Board (USDA) votes for increased oversight of wild native seaweed harvests
The algae habitat attached to the rocky coastline of our state today celebrates conservation win! Today the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) committee of the USDA organic program has decided that the harvest of seaweed for fertilizer needs more oversight, and has ruled that a task force must be formed to ensure greater accountability in the harvest of this primary resource....
We are often told "you are what you eat' but what about the food fed to the animals we eat?
This webinar will explore the diet of farmed salmon....