The Vermont Sail Freight Project
I recently heard an interview with Erik Andrus, a farmer from Vermont where he talked about this project he’s working on. Basically they’re building a barge in order to transport organic/sustainable produce from his part of the world down to the larger markets of New York City and some of the places along the Hudson River and possibly bringing fair trade cargo (coffee, cocoa, etc.) back to Vermont. This boat will be wind powered (i.e. it has a sail) and use no fossil fuels.
I don’t have a whole lot to say about this other than it’s a cool project and I’ll probably chip in a little on the kickstarter campaign, even if it is only $5 to get a download of their sea shanty. That part of the world has a great navigable river/canal system that is drastically underused. By water they can go from Montreal to New York City or they can enter into the Great Lakes (but that’s a long trip). This could also be good for the people of Vermont who are able to produce cottage industry products/food, but might not always have the markets to sell them.
Lately Vermont really seems like a cool place. I’m going to follow this project and see how things pan out.