Downeast Foxfire Camp is a ten-day rowing and sailing expedition in eastern Maine. We will travel in a Bantry Bay gig to rugged, spruce-covered islands and peninsulas, celebrating and engaging in the folk traditions of the Maine coast while practicing our best Leave No Trace camp craft techniques. Together we will learn traditional seamanship, crafts, sustainable forestry techniques and island farming. Expect to be challenged, inspired and to make life-long friends.
August 17–26, 2018 Starts in the afternoon on Friday the 17th, ends the afternoon/evening of the 25th, with an option to stay over.
44 ̊37’15” N 67 ̊23’03” W Starts and Ends in Machiasport, Maine
$450 *Includes: Three meals a day with snacks, and Training in: Traditional seamanship: rowing, sailing, navigation, knots, tide and weather Spoon carving and birch bark containers Sustainable firewood lot management Salt water farming Leave No Trace camp craft techniques Foxfire methods of oral story collection
*Does not Include: Getting to/from Machiasport. We will help you connect with other participants to carpool. The nearest International airport and bus station with connections to major US cities is in Bangor.
About the Greenhorns This camp is the next iteration of Maine Sail Freight, a project of the Greenhorns in 2015. Maine Sail Freight, a ‘trade-stunt’ which used a traditional schooner to transport Maine-grown farm products to Boston Public Market, used the platform of colonial trade as a way of calling attention to a new food economy. Greenhorns is a ten-year grassroots organization dedicated to support, promote and recruit new entrants in organic agriculture. Greenhorns produces publications, cultural programming and grassroots media, and is currently based in Pembroke, Maine. Downeast Foxfire Camp forms part of a larger series presented by the Greenhorns serving the Washington County community and larger regional audience with skill-building programs oriented around sustainable and organic agriculture, forest management, wild-lands harvest, the ecological use of the inter-tidal zone.
Why the name, Downeast Foxfire? Downeast refers to the downwind and easterly direction schooners would sail from Boston along the Maine coast in the prevailing southwesterly winds. It is also a colloquial term for the eastern region of coastal Maine.
Foxfire, the bio-luminescent light emitted by certain fungi on decaying timber, is a metaphor for our intention to preserve, celebrate and bring light to the folk traditions found on our coastline. Foxfire also refers to the well-known publication series and organization in Georgia whose mission is “to preserve and develop the public’s appreciation for Southern Appalachian culture – its history, people, and traditions – through artifacts, oral history, and programs that interpret, document and celebrate the region,” A representative from Foxfirein Georgia will give a talk on methods they use in collecting oral stories at Downeast Foxfire Camp.
Some Important Info: Sign up by June 1st. $100 dollar deposit due with application. All money due by July 15th unless another arrangement has been planned for ahead of time with Arista. No refund after July 15th.