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Seaweed Tours

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What to Bring

EQUIPMENT FOR COLLECTING SEAWEED:

  • Large and medium sized strong plastic bags and buckets to put seaweeds in: seaweeds are much larger when fresh and wet than dry. I particularly like the mesh bags, like reusable orange or potato sacks, which makes it easier to rinse the seaweeds in the salt water.

  • A small knife, scissors, or pruning shears for harvesting…may rust some. I got my scissors at the dollar store and they work great.  

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Shoes for harvesting: non-slipping shoes that can get wet, such as rubber boots, wet sock booties, or boots/sneakers that you don't mind getting wet. I tend to wear a pair insulated rubber boots. Old sneakers and wool socks work well.

  • Clothes: this depends on your comfort level with the tides; wetsuit, some non-cotton pants to wade in (like wool or fleece), shorts if you don't mind the cold wading in the ocean for an hour. It is totally possible to harvest without getting all wet, but it is slippery and folks do often slip a little into the tide pools and the rocks can be sharp. Think protective.  Gloves are also nice, but will need to be taken on and off a lot. Even a pair of rubber palmed garden gloves works good, and are more flexible and can be kept on. Bring a wetsuit if you have one and want to bring it.

  • Warm dry shoes to wear after harvesting, and maybe even warm dry clothes depending on your style of harvesting. Since weather is less predictable at the ocean, bring layers.

  • If planning to dry seaweeds on site, a tarp or large screen door would be helpful.  Also rope or heavy string is nice for hanging the larger seaweeds, and clothespins are nice if it is windy.

CAMPING GEAR

  • You'll need a Tent, Sleeping Bag(s), Sleeping pad(s), Rain Gear, Warm Clothes, Hiking Boots, Hat/Sunscreen, Daypack, Food/Snacks, Camping Chair, Flashlight, Water Bottles, Firewood, and most importantly, a sense of adventure! Optional: Notebook, Pen or Pencils, Camera, Bathing Suit.

USE OF SHARED KITCHEN:

  • At the Farm, there is a working kitchen, but no real pots and pans, utensils, bowls, cooking ingredients to speak of, so please bring whatever cooking and eating materials you need for your meals.

  • Some meals will be prepared by the crew (Dinner first day and Lunch second day), but other meals (especially early morning breakfasts and dinners) you will be responsible for bringing your own food.

  • Definitely bring your own plates and utensils, knives, spatulas, etc...Also, please bring all basic ingredients for cooking, such as spices, olive oil, etc.- these are not available at the farm. They have a large stove with several burners, so that is great.

What's the minimum age for attendance?

We strongly suggest that all participants be at least 12 years old, as the rocks and seaweed can be slippery, and we will be on rocky bluffs. Close supervision is required for all minors.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 14 days before your check in day and time, you’ll receive a full refund. If you cancel at least 7 days before your check in day and time, you’ll receive a 50% refund. If you cancel within the 7 days before check in, there will be no refund.

Any other questions?

Please e-mail us at info@seaweedtours.org and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.