Working in harmony
with Nature’s gifts of wind and tide,
|sailing our local goods|
Spring 2015 Events
March 1, Sunday, 11 a.m., we’ll triage and fix survey items, and add a book/chart rack. Meet us at Ballard Mill Marina’s Dock A gate*. No tools required, 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. It’s time to retire S/V Zipcar!
(*The marina is a 15-minute walk southwest from the #40 or 44 bus stop at NW Market.)
2015 Season Planning & Mandatory Quorum Meeting
March 7, Saturday, Ballard Library, 2-4 pm. AGENDA TBD, AGENDA ITEMS DUE BY MARCH 3RD.
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.
Labateyah Community Service Project
Thursday, March 12, 6 pm, Ballard Coffee Works Community Room. We’ll review the draft of an introductory sail transport and coastal trade course for the youth at United Indians of All Tribes Youth Home (Crown Hill). Actual training starts in May, not too far away.
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, WSU Kitsap Farm-to-Trade meeting, Bremerton
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 Sustainable Bainbridge on a winter product run: Bainbridge to Seattle
- 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 mail 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.
We’re also 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.
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. Thanks!
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 sailing over the Blue Highway.
Placing a CSA order with us
Yes, we can sign you up for the 2015 season! First sail delivery starts Sunday, June 28th, 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.
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 8/24 Sunday delivery. The sailboat leaves on 8/22. You send your email on 8/19.
- 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.
Example 2014 Sail Transport Schedule
To be updated after our March 2015 meeting
Blue Highway: Ballard-Port Ludlow
8/8-8/10 (cancelled-no peer-shared boat available)
9/19-9/21 (via S/V Zipcar)
11/23 (special trip for our Thanksgiving tables)
Development underway for early Winter 2015:
Blue Highway: Ballard-Bainbridge
Local goods wanted for winter sail.
Completed: Blue Highway: Ballard-Whidbey Island
Local goods wanted for mid-October sail.
On hold for now, the new, small node open-source Food Hub we’re developing with help from the Australian Open Food Hub Foundation. Please email tech (at) salishseatrading.coop to reach our IT Director.
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 small-scale community sail transport!
“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…”