Working in harmony
with Nature’s gifts of wind and tide,
|transporting our local goods|
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, location to be selected
- March 7, Saturday, co-op 2015 season planning & mandatory quorum meeting, Ballard Library, 2-4 pm
- March 16, Monday, 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. Check out 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
- Negotiating our first purchase of a cooperative sailboat (shared asset)
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 email us at (info (at) salishseatrading.coop) and we’ll send back the simple 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! 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
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…”