|Working in harmony
with Nature’s gifts of wind and tide,
|sailing our local goods|
Community Scale Sail Transport: Debriefing Report for 2015 Season
While perhaps not the happiest report re: sail transport efforts in the Puget Sound, it’s realistic: we were unable to find sailors who were willing to manage as a co-op.
We did, however, succeed in working out a community-scale model of sail transport that other groups, located in more progressive communities, can use.
We will be maintaining social media, email accounts, and website as a point-of-contact. Thank you to everyone who supported us during the six years of development!
“Meaning accrues in duration.” ~ Filmmaker Ken Burns.
Have we found the resources necessary to make community-scale sail transport work?
2015 Sail Transport Schedule
This news from our 2015 season shows how we worked:
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.
- 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.
Cancelled. 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 in 2014.
Fall 2015 Events
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 March Notes from the 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
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 we met 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.
- October 24, 12-2 p.m.
- September 26, 12-2 p.m.
- Saturday (note day change), August 15, 12-2 p.m.
- Sunday, July 12, 12-2 p.m.
- Sunday, June 21, 12-2 p.m.
- Sunday, May 17, 12-2 p.m.
- Sunday, April 19, 12-2 p.m.
- Sunday, March 22, 5-6 p.m.
Business development for sail transport: Summer 2015
We look forward to attending, tabling, or speaking at the following events. Stop by and say hello!
- September 12, Saturday, Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair
- September 20, Sunday Jefferson County Fiber and Farm Tour. At the Port Ludlow docks.
Previous 2015 Events
- 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