We believe that our communities are our most valuable asset, and that is where our most meaningful work is done.
We believe in a business model that promotes social, ecological, and economic growth.
We believe that the future of our community, our nation, and our world depends upon the development of industry that is grown from the basic principles of sustainability.
We believe in you. Our business depends upon the support of individuals and groups that seek a pathway to affect change and create a brighter tomorrow.
We will employ an open source model called 3D ocean farming.
Unlike other forms of aquaculture, this model utilizes the entire water column, promotes biodiversity, and healthier ecosystems.
Our farm will have a very low aesthetic impact. We think the ocean is beautiful the way it is and should stay that way.
Check out this TED talk by Bren Smith about 3D ocean Farming
Initially we will focus on the cultivation of Sugar kelp ( Saccharina latissima ) an amazing native species of brown algae that grows incredibly fast. (Second only to Bamboo in fact)
In years Two and Three of our project we will partner with local public and private organizations to determine the most suitable other species for integration in our farm. This ensures that our work will only benefit the surrounding ecosystem.
Check out this cool story about how kelp farming stands to help with the negative effects of ocean acidification.
Kelp, The wonder algae
As of today, kelp has been used for and or is being researched for its applications to;
Food (both directly consumed and as an additive) products such as kelp noodles, seasonings, gelling and stabilizing dairy products like soy milk, ice cream and in vegan products and beverages. Kelp as a food source is surely the superfood yet to be discovered by the masses. Kelp is incredibly rich in Amino Acids, Omega 3’s and many of the nutrients that fish and other seafood products are heralded for, simply put fish and other sea life get these nutrients from the consumption of kelp and so can we!
Fertilizer There are over 79 minerals and trace elements in kelp, and using kelp is a superior way of bringing in copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc to the soil, in a bio-available form. Liquid kelp concentrate is also used either as a soil conditioner or as a foliar fertilizer.
Animal feed Kelp when used as a feed for livestock has been found to, enhance immune function, increase meat quality, reverse depressed immune function, reduce the stress associated with weaning, promote weight gain, and most recently has been found to reduce methane emissions (a leading greenhouse gas) by up to 70%.
Biofuel and other forms of power generation. Sugar Kelp (laminaria saccharina) can produce about 12 gallons of ethanol and about 5000 gallons of bio-methane per wet ton. (1 acre can produce roughly 10 ton of kelp annually) Companies around the world are actively developing energy production systems using kelp such as the firm Seaweed Energy Solutions of Norway which has recently invested 30 million dollars into research and development.
Health and Beauty Products a multitude of beauty products are currently using kelp as either an additive of active ingredient, Shampoos, lotions, soaps, and makeups as well as consumed as a nutritional supplement. Kelp is rich in B vitamins, vitamins C and E, minerals such as calcium, boron and magnesium are plentiful in kelp. Kelp is rich in sodium alginate, which is an element effective at protecting the body from radiation and removing it. According to a 1964 study published in the “Canadian Medical Association Journal,” sodium alginate derived from kelp reduced radioactive strontium absorption in the intestines by 50 to 80 percent. Kelp is also an excellent source of iodine, which is a crucial nutrient for the thyroid. Consuming iodine from plants like kelp also helps reduce the effects of radiation exposure. Chlorophyll found in kelp also has many benefits including antioxidants and amino acids. Chlorophyll is also similar in composition to human blood, so consumption of it can stimulate red blood cell production, which can increase oxygenation around the body.
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How Your Donations Help
We need around $50,000.00 to get things started. It might sound like alot but every penny counts.
The gear required for anchoring and suspending our farm is pretty expensive, but its going to pay us all back in a big way..
you are helping lower carbon levels in our oceans and atmosphere
you are joining the fight against ocean acidification which is putting Maine and the worlds shellfish stocks at risk
you are promoting Enviro- centric business for a sustainable local economy
you are creating sustainable jobs for the state of Maine