Seaweed Week

Special Events

Tues April 28: Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy Evening

4:30-7:30PM

Halo at the Point, Thompson's Point, Portland

Featuring a panel discussion with Luke Holden (founder and CEO, Luke’s Lobster), Linh Aven (Executive Chef, B.Good), Briana Warner (CEO, Atlantic Sea Farms) and a Maine kelp farmer. This evening tells the story of kelp's journey from thousands of tiny spores via sea farms to tables across the country.

The “Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy” series was created to share the stories of ocean-focused ventures in Maine. As is true with business incubation in general, this series endeavors to give both budding and established businesspeople a platform to share their story, an opportunity to cite particular areas of need, and an environment to connect with a supportive and engaged audience. Last year's Seaweed Week entry in this series was "Why Seaweed Matters."

The evening is in collaboration with the New England Ocean Cluster, the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center, Eaton Peabody and Thompson's Point.

Thurs April 23: Seaweed Week Kick-Off Party

FREE

Location TBD

Dates TBD: Species ID Beach Walk

Locations TBD

How many species of seaweed are there in Maine? Do seaweeds change with the season? And is seaweed really a superfood? Dive into these questions and more at this workshop, hosted by Maine Sea Grant Extension Associate Jaclyn Robidoux.

Explore the intertidal zone at Two Lights State Park and learn to identify edible seaweed species native to the Gulf of Maine. Discover the ecology and diversity of seaweeds, while learning about the environmental benefits these species provide in coastal habitats. We'll discuss sustainable harvest, the emerging seaweed aquaculture industry, and growing role this versatile resource plays in Maine's marine economy. And what this all means for seaweed on your plate.

PLEASE NOTE: We'll be moving through slick and rocky terrain - please wear proper foot gear (rubber boots or shoes with good traction that may get wet). Dress accordingly for a few hours in the Maine outdoors.

DIRECTIONS: Follow directions to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, ME. To get to Dyer Cove, bear left at the fork right before the park entrance and follow to the public parking lot at the end of Two Lights Road (right near The Lobster Shack). Approximate address: 225 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME.

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Date TBD: Seaweed Science! with Maine Sea Grant at Portland Farmers Market

FREE

7AM - 1PM

Deering Oaks Park, Portland

Get outside and celebrate Maine's edible seaweeds! Visii tthe Maine Sea Grant booth at the season's first outdoor Portland Farmers Market -- in partnership with Seaweed Week: A Food + Drink Celebration of Maine's Kelp Harvest.

Learn about this local and sustainable crop that a growing number of Maine farmers are cultivating. Maine Sea Grant's interactive table will highlight the nutritional and environmental benefits of native seaweeds and demonstrate how seaweed is grown on sea farms along Maine's coast.

Learn what becomes of seaweed once it leaves the water and experiment with seaweed-derived ingredients to see the key role these play in everyday food products.

MORE ABOUT PORTLAND FARMERS MARKET: The outdoor Portland Farmers Market is held in Deering Oaks Park from 7AM-1PM on Saturdays from April 27 - November 23. It features nonprofit organizations and over 30 farmers, offering seedlings, vegetables, and more.

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