GreenWave’s Farmer-to-Farmer Connectivity

 Seagriculture EU 2024
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16 farmers from across the country participated in GreenWave’s Harvesting Value workshop in Kodiak, Alaska.

Farmer-to-farmer connectivity is core to GreenWave’s training programs. The company stresses that collaboration, not competition, accelerates learning and spurs innovation and adoption of new practices. In addition to supporting community building through the company’s online Ocean Farming Hub, GreenWave organizes in-person opportunities for farmers to connect and engage in bicoastal farmer collaborations.

Earlier this month, 16 farmers from across the country participated in GreenWave’s Harvesting Value workshop in Kodiak, Alaska. This 3-day training covered an assortment of topics including a showcase of locally developed, advanced harvest technology to improve harvest efficiency, discussions on quality control, seaweed buyer relationships and sourcing needs, cooperative structures, and more.

“Advanced farmer trainings provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer support and collaboration for farmers who are leading this rapidly growing industry,” says GreenWave Director of Training & Support, Lindsay Olsen. “This is the first time a bicoastal group of kelp farmers came together to discuss their agency, influence, and responsibility within the seaweed value chain. The conversations were powerful.”

GreenWave today (July 11, 2023) is launching a new version of Seaweed Source, a free app that aligns kelp supply and demand. Active seaweed farmers, hatcheries, processors, and buyers in North America can apply to create comprehensive profiles, enabling them to discover new partners, initiate forward contracts, and get real-time industry updates. Users can search for partners based on seaweed species, format, or location, and gain visibility into regional and national seaweed networks. 

Seaweed Source streamlines connections between active seaweed hatcheries, farms, processors, buyers, and other businesses actively producing and/or buying regeneratively farmed seaweed in the U.S. or Canada.

Qualified companies can share their supply or purchasing needs, learn about the market ecosystem, and tap into opportunities for growth and collaboration.

Current members of Greenwave’s Seaweed Source pilot will receive information on how to update their profile upon launch. Those new to Seaweed Source, can sign up to receive updates about the launch.

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