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.
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...
'Seaweed plays a key ecological role in coastal ecosystems and can be used for various applications. The development of the seaweed aquaculture sector can help to address global challenges related to human health, human consumption and sustainable circular bioeconomy....
credit: Josie Iselin https://www.josieiselin.com/events
Earthshot Prize Documentary Series
Revive Our Oceans Episode 4, minute 14.
viewable on BBC ONE iPlayer (UK) or on Discovery+ (US)
Come snorkel in the kelp forest with Josie and on into Josie's studio as Sir David Attenborough narrates the story of the bull kelp forest off the California coast as an introduction to global kelp forest issues.
Reasons to be Cheerful 7/6/2021
The seeds Orth and his team planted grew into plants which, in turn, produced their own seeds. “Nature kind of took over,” says Orth....
Hakai Magazine - 17/03/2020
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Local legend has it that Beinn Ghobhlach mountain in the Scottish Highlands was once home to a witch....
The Wanderer 10/9/2021
The Marion Natural History Museum’s focus on timely science and matters pertaining to the natural world was once again brought to the fore when the museum hosted Scott Lindell of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on September 30....
The Atlantic 8/4/2019Sargassum algae piles up along Mexico's Punta Piedra beach. (Reuters)
In 2018, as seaweed piled up on beaches throughout the Caribbean, it began to rot....
Dear friends, lovers and seaweeders,
Exciting news today! Becoming CLIMAVORE, the Cooking Sections project for the 2021 Turner Prize exhibition, opens at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry. It consists of a collaboration with 21 museums across the UK that have removed farmed salmon from their menus and introduced CLIMAVORE dishes instead....
The Guardian 8/26/21
Kelp can clean New York’s polluted waters, tackle climate change and is sustainable – but growers need a law change first
Motoring out of Montauk Harbor aboard a research vessel,...
Reasons to be Cheerful 7/6/21
When Karen McGlathery used to swim in the coastal bays off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the water would quickly turn cloudy and brown as sediment swirled around her....
The Townline 04/17/19
Amidst the lobster traps, blue and barren berried rolling hills of Harrington, Maine, forager, artist and engineer Dave Olson is re-imagining the rockweed harvesting scene....
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....