Downeast Foxfire Camp is a week-long rowing and sailing expedition in a 38 ft Bantry Bay gig. We will camp on the rugged, spruce-covered islands and peninsulas of Machiasport, Maine. Come join us! All ages* and experience level welcome.
August 17–25, 2018 Starts in the afternoon on Friday the 17th, ends the morning of the 25th. *Scroll down for itinerary*
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, currents and the weather Spoon carving and birch bark containers Sustainable firewood lot management Island farming Leave No Trace camp craft techniques
*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.
Group size: 10-16 people Sign up by June 1st. *Our insurance requires the minimum age to be at least 16 at start of program. Have questions? Please contact: Arista Holden Trainer and Program Director email@example.com
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.
DFC Itinerary: *Subject to change due to weather.
Friday August 17th, 2pm ––– Camp starts at Liberty Hall. Sleep at Liberty Hall. Sat. Aug. 18th ––– Passage to Cross Island. Camp on Cross. Sun. Aug. 19th ––– Passage to Mill Pond. Camp at Dickinsons Reach Mon. Aug. 20th ––– Birch bark container crafting and spoon carving. Camp at Dickinsons Reach. Tues. Aug. 21st ––– Birch bark container crafting and spoon carving. Sustainable forestry. Camp at Dickinsons Reach. Wed. Aug. 22nd ––– Passage to Lakeman Island. Camp on Lakeman. Thurs. Aug. 23rd ––– Passage to Roque Island. Island Farming. Passage to Lakeman. Camp on Lakeman. Fri. Aug. 24th ––– Passage to Machiasport. Sleep at Liberty Hall. Sat. Aug. 25th ––– Breakfast. Program ends in the morning, by 10am.