Processing Kelp at Atlantic Sea Farms

Atlantic Sea Farms delicious array of foods made from kelp was showcased at the recent Seagriculture conference in Portland, Maine — and hinted at the vast potential of the quickly growing edible kelp movement. In this video, produced in July of 2020 by tasteMAKERS, we tour the Atlantic Sea Farms’ processing facility, also in Portland, Maine.

Atlantic Sea Farms works with waterfront communities to help them start their own kelp farms. They provide technical assistance for these farmers to get farm leases, set up their gear, learn how to seed and harvest, and support their business planning. They also provide free seeds to all their partner farmers.

The freshly harvested kelp that the farmers pull from the sea is sorted, washed, and packaged by hand at the processing facility. Some of it is sent out raw to restaurants, and some is processed for the company’s branded foods that include fermented seaweed salads, kimchi and kraut.

Kelp cultivation is a quickly expanding industry and is presenting many opportunities for entrepreneurs as well as chefs and diners. Get to know kelp a little better with this vid. (You may feel a bit peckish by the end.)

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