Just like how they did it back in the day, a crew is sailing the Hudson River to transport produce and pantry staples from Vermont to Brooklyn. The developers of Vermont Sail Freight Project wanted to transport food in an environmentally-friendly way. In April, the project raised over $15,000 from crowdfunding to build a 39-foot plywood sail barge.
The maiden voyage of the Ceres – named after the Roman goddess of grain and agriculture – is loaded with 15 tons of cargo goods from 30 farms. Ceres will be docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard this Saturday, and will be the highlight of a three day celebration featuring pumpkin carvings, art, music, and other festivities. As her voyage down the Hudson is coming to a finish, future journeys for next year are already in the planning stages.
The entire Sail Freight project has generated a lot of positive feedback, and has proven to build stronger communities. With the help of the Greenhorns, a farmer advocacy group in NY, and the Willowwell Foundation, Ceres is reintroducing a long forgotten way of cargo transportation.