Friday, October 25, 2013

Fifteen Tons of Groceries, Sailing Down the Hudson -

Ceres - the vessel of the Vermont Sail Freight project has landed in New York City. GWC
Food Matters | Fifteen Tons of Groceries, Sailing Down the Hudson - Eviana Hartman
 "Before the Industrial Revolution, most food was regional by necessity, shipped via wind-powered boats. Urban waterfronts were vibrant centers of commerce and community. Seeking a more sustainable way to get his grain to market, the Vermont farmer Erik Andrus conceived the Vermont Sail Freight Project to find out if this model could work again today. In April, he raised more than $15,000 on Kickstarter to build a 39-foot-long plywood sail barge named Ceres (after the Roman goddess of agriculture). The Greenhorns, an Essex, N.Y.-based farmer advocacy group, and the Willowell Foundation, a nonprofit education organization, signed on as partners to raise additional funds, handle the project’s logistics and recruit farmers and volunteers."

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