Working in harmony
with Nature’s gifts of wind and tide,
|sailing our local goods|
We’re actively recruiting for Board members who want to gracefully transition our communities away from dangerous fossil fuel use and continue building Seattle’s first worker-owned sail transport cooperative in our post-carbon world. Please review the descriptions and contact us if interested!
- Board President
- Vice President
2015 Sail Transport Schedule
With just three sailboats signed up thus far and a focus on developing other routes and projects, we’re prudently scheduling once a month deliveries to and fro Port Ludlow. This could change back to our usual twice-a-month delivery.
Placing a CSA order with us
Yes, we can sign you up for the 2015 season! First sail delivery starts Sunday, July 27th, in front of Toast Ballard. We encourage you to read Dharma Ridge’s philosophy, so you can see the care they take in growing all-organic vegetables that result in a box of pure goodness for you and your family.
Mother Nature determines the veggies we receive. Generally, the early summer boxes are heavier on greens and cool-weather lovers like spinach, while hot-weather crops like tomatoes and corn show up midsummer. Squash and root vegetables mean our fall cargo gets a tad heavier, starting late September.
Box price is still just $30. Cash or check only.
EBT customers, we’re working on lower pricing and will update before the season starts.
- Choose a Sunday delivery and three days before the sailboat leaves, send us an email to orders (at) salishseatrading.coop
Example: you’d like the 8/23 Sunday delivery. The sailboat leaves on 8/21. You send your email on 8/17.
- Receive an acknowledgment email back and if you’re a new customer, our reminder for a $5 box deposit.
- Swing by our storefront partner, Toast Ballard, on the delivery Sunday, between 10 AM – 12 PM. Chat with the crew and hear how the sail went.
- Head home with your box for unpacking and enjoyment!
- Repeat as needed—join your neighbors in building community resiliency.
Blue Highway: Ballard-Port Ludlow
Ballard: Friday, 7/24, sailors and their cargo of local goods set sail.
Port Ludlow: Saturday, 7/25, sailors and their cargo of veggies and other local goods set sail for home port.
Ballard: Sunday, 7/26, CSA pickup and drayage (last-mile delivery) of other goods.
Ballard: Friday, 8/21, sailors and their cargo of local goods set sail.
Port Ludlow: Saturday, 8/22, sailors and their cargo of veggies and other local goods set sail for home port.
Ballard: Sunday, 8/23, CSA pickup and drayage (last-mile delivery) of other goods.
Ballard: Friday, 9/18, sailors and their cargo of local goods set sail.
Port Ludlow: Saturday, 9/19, sailors and their cargo of veggies and other local goods set sail for home port.
Ballard: Sunday, 9/20, CSA pickup and drayage (last-mile delivery) of other goods.
Ballard: Friday, 10/16, sailors and their cargo of local goods set sail.
Port Ludlow: Saturday, 10/17, sailors and their cargo of veggies and other local goods set sail for home port.
Ballard: Sunday, 10/18, CSA pickup and drayage (last-mile delivery) of other goods.
The tradition continues…the special trip for our Thanksgiving tables!
Ballard: Friday, 11/20, sailors and their cargo of local goods set sail.
Port Ludlow: Saturday, 11/21, sailors and their cargo of veggies and other local goods set sail for home port.
Ballard: Sunday, 11/22, CSA pickup and please join us for hot cider and cookies to celebrate our customers, crews, community and business partners, and end-of-season.
Development underway for 2015:
Blue Highway: Ballard-Bainbridge
Local goods wanted for early summer sail.
Completed: Blue Highway: Ballard-Whidbey Island
Local goods accomplished for mid-October sail.
Spring 2015 Events
Third Time’s A Charm: Work Party
April 16, 11 a.m., new plumbing for the head to hook up. Meet us at Ballard Mill Marina’s Dock E gate*. No tools required (we provide), just a willingness and sense of humor to help us troubleshoot and get S/V Posey shipshape for her work as a training boat and as backup coverage for sail routes.
(*The marina is a 15-minute walk southwest from the #40 or 44 bus stop at NW Market.)
2015 Kickoff & Mandatory Quorum Meeting
June 13, Saturday, Ballard Library, 2-4 pm.
- 2:00 – 2:30: Review schedule for all routes
- 2:30- 3:00: Welcome Labateyah Youth; match with skippers
- 3:00 – 3:45: Review revised membership and plan fundraisers
- 3:45 – 4:00: Wrap up & choose date for summer BBQ at the docks
Toast Ballard (our CSA partner pick-up spot), as usual, will cater a light lunch: vegan soup, salad, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Fruit, coffee, and tea. Please RSVP to us so we can plan enough food: info [at] salishseatrading.coop.
2015 Scheduling & Mandatory Quorum Meeting
Hot off the press, what sailors talk about when they’re not sailing, drinking, or cooking their organic veggies. Our meeting notes from the March 7th gathering (PDF) March_7_2015_QuorumMeetingNotes
Also for March 7th: a BIG thank you to Starbucks Ballard for the coffee donation, and Parfait for ice cream dessert.
Labateyah Community Service Project
Tuesday, April 7, 7-8 pm, our presentation about sail transport and our unpaid internships to the Labatayeh youth.
Open Office Hours
OK, so we don’t have an office yet, but we do appreciate the community meeting room at Ballard Coffee Works, and will be hanging out there regularly, once a month, Sunday afternoons. Stop by if you’d like to volunteer with us or chat about your ideas for sail trading.
- Sunday, March 22, 5-6 p.m.
- Sunday, April 19, 12-2 p.m.
- Sunday, May 17, 12-2 p.m.
- Sunday, June 21, 12-2 p.m.
Business development for sail transport: Winter 2015
Technically we’re on break until June, but work continues in the background. We look forward to attending, tabling, or speaking at the following events. Stop by and say hello!
- January 10, Saturday, Cascadia Grains Conference, Olympia
- January 13, Tuesday, USDA Grant Workshop, Burlington
- February 9, Monday, Farm-to-Trade Meeting, Bellingham
- February 21, Saturday, Women in Agriculture conference
- March 20, Friday, Innovations Panel: WSU Kitsap Farm-to-Trade meeting, Poulsbo
How to join us
Our 2014 accomplishments:
- We sailed our longest trip ever, a successful grains provisioning trip from Ballard to Sequim to Whidbey Island! Thank you to the skipper and crew of S/V Ya Shure, Nash’s Produce and Sundance Bakery, and local ports for their collaboration with us.
- Collaborating with Skydottir Epic Cookies on sailing their product beyond the Seattle city limits. The Port Townsend Food Co-op is the first peninsula store to enjoy these gluten-free cookies.
- Experimenting with “packet ship” revival, with collaboration from Ballard Sip & Ship. In 2015, we will once again post our in-store flyer at their espresso bar on how you can sail your package on one of our scheduled runs!
- Continuing with the organic veggie CSA, and sailing goods over to Port Ludlow/Port Townsend area, and sailing back Finnriver cider
- Our first purchase of a cooperative sailboat (shared asset): S/V Posey, a sturdy 25′ Cal.
Sailors and other kindred souls
Interested in what skills we look for in the probationary period and the membership process? Please read the following backgrounder about what it means to build a worker-owned cooperative, and then email us at (info (at) salishseatrading.coop) and we’ll send back the application for your consideration. Note: Based on comments at the March 7, 2015 meeting, we’ll be revising the membership application and also exploring a multi-stakeholder model, so expect some change.
Local business or fellow cooperative
We welcome your inquiries about how we can add to your local business sustainability strategy as fossil fuels increase in price and decrease in acceptance. Our shipping rates are reasonable. Email partners (at) salishseatrading.coop and let’s get your local goods sustainably sailing over the Blue Highways.
On hold for now, the new, small node open-source Food Hub we’re developing with help from the Australian Open Food Hub Foundation.
Our Facebook page, updated weekly, is the easiest way to get updates on your neighborhood sailors. We’ve set it to “public” so you don’t need a Facebook account–any ol’ browser should do. Thanks for visiting and your interest in “grasswaves” community sail transport!
“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…”
Psalms, 107:23-30, KJV