Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sailing the Farm

One Creative Way to Grow Things On a Sailboat!

We went to Sunday breakfast at the Wright Brothers Cafe on the water with Mike and Mon from Windy City, and Rob and Claudia from Sea Host. We had a great time talking about a range of subjects from living in Hawaii to cruising in the Caribbean.

One of the topics of conversation was that Mon was unhappy about leaving Hawaii in April because she likes to grow things. Mon has set up a little garden inside the Rainbow Bay Marina... some in available planters, and some out in the 'back 40' beyond the parking lot. Fresh basil, tomatoes, peppers, mint, etc, plus her favorite purple flower with which she makes tea.

So Claudia suggested that Mon take her garden with her. And later sent this picture of one of her neighbors in Ke'ehi Lagoon.

She also reminded me of the book we have onboard called "Sailing the Farm". It's pretty old, but still a great reference for sailors. You can still find used copies on (see link)

Sailing the Farm: A Survival Guide to Homesteading on the Ocean

I also went back in my archives to find some old plans I had researched for a hydroponic garden you can make onboard. This probably isn't practical for voyaging, but would make a decent garden for sitting in a marina, where you have plenty of water and electricity available.

Hydroponic Plant Garden for the Boat

Here's the link to the plans for this Hydroponic Garden

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