2015 Fuller Challenge 

 2015 Fuller Challenge 

 
Both visionaries, Bren and Zan are helping to radically alter our relationship with both the ecology and economy of our marine systems.

Both visionaries, Bren and Zan are helping to radically alter our relationship with both the ecology and economy of our marine systems.

 
Red Tape Slows Bloom of Seaweed Farming's Green Revolution

Red Tape Slows Bloom of Seaweed Farming's Green Revolution

 
Cash Crop of the Future

Cash Crop of the Future

 
Seaweed Special

Seaweed Special

 
GreenWave's Startup Program For Ocean Farmers Can Change The Planet (And The Typical Seafood Menu)

GreenWave's Startup Program For Ocean Farmers Can Change The Planet (And The Typical Seafood Menu)

 
Seaweed, Kelp and an Ocean of Culinary Possibilities

Seaweed, Kelp and an Ocean of Culinary Possibilities

 
Ocean farmers are using technology to start an economic revolution and save humanity

Ocean farmers are using technology to start an economic revolution and save humanity

 
This Sustainable 'Farm of the Future' Is Changing How Food Is Grown

This Sustainable 'Farm of the Future' Is Changing How Food Is Grown

 
Seaweed: the next big step for Irish food and farming?

Seaweed: the next big step for Irish food and farming?

 
Bren Smith, Making Kelp our New Hope

Bren Smith, Making Kelp our New Hope

 
Smith wants to change the impact we have not just on our land, but also on our oceans. His solution? Controlled, submarine gardens.

Smith wants to change the impact we have not just on our land, but also on our oceans. His solution? Controlled, submarine gardens.

 
Just a few months ago, there was no Long Island Sound seaweed industry at all.

Just a few months ago, there was no Long Island Sound seaweed industry at all.

 
Oystering on Long Island Sound is not always a large enterprise. Early Thursday morning, I arrived at the Stony Creek docks to meet Brendan Smith of the Thimble Island Oyster Company. This is an independent, one-man operation, with Brendan (or Bren) serving as captain, deckhand, marketing director, and part-time mechanic.

Oystering on Long Island Sound is not always a large enterprise. Early Thursday morning, I arrived at the Stony Creek docks to meet Brendan Smith of the Thimble Island Oyster Company. This is an independent, one-man operation, with Brendan (or Bren) serving as captain, deckhand, marketing director, and part-time mechanic.

 
In a first for Long Island Sound, 120 pounds of kelp farmed in waters near the Thimble Islands has made its way to the plates and soup bowls of New York City restaurants.

In a first for Long Island Sound, 120 pounds of kelp farmed in waters near the Thimble Islands has made its way to the plates and soup bowls of New York City restaurants.

 
We Can Feed the World with Kelp Forests

We Can Feed the World with Kelp Forests

 
I met folks from the Yale Farm, one night at a dinner and started talking to the farm manager. Turns out we had a ton in common.

I met folks from the Yale Farm, one night at a dinner and started talking to the farm manager. Turns out we had a ton in common.

 
Bren Smith: growing plants and protein in the sea

Bren Smith: growing plants and protein in the sea

 
Vertical Ocean Farming Creates Healthy Ecosystems

Vertical Ocean Farming Creates Healthy Ecosystems

 
It's a delicacy Asian cultures have enjoyed for centuries but is more commonly thought of as the slippery - and sometimes slimy - brown stuff that grows naturally in area waters and then washes up on beaches.

It's a delicacy Asian cultures have enjoyed for centuries but is more commonly thought of as the slippery - and sometimes slimy - brown stuff that grows naturally in area waters and then washes up on beaches.

 
An excerpt from the book

An excerpt from the book

 
Ocean-bound entrepreneur envisions ecological restoration and economic revival.

Ocean-bound entrepreneur envisions ecological restoration and economic revival.

 
Sea to Campus: Connecticut Colleges Explore Culinary Uses For Kelp

Sea to Campus: Connecticut Colleges Explore Culinary Uses For Kelp

 
Dear Mark Zuckerberg: meet a game-changer in every state

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: meet a game-changer in every state

 
The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers are Starting an Economic Revolution

The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers are Starting an Economic Revolution

 
Opinion: These 2 projects are exploring the potential of underwater farming

Opinion: These 2 projects are exploring the potential of underwater farming

 
A New Leaf. 

A New Leaf. 

 
Kelp is the New Kale

Kelp is the New Kale

 
Bren Smith's op-ed piece

Bren Smith's op-ed piece

 
Experts are working to make seaweed the next kale

Experts are working to make seaweed the next kale

 
Ocean farming goes in a new direction

Ocean farming goes in a new direction

 
The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers Is Starting an Economic Revolution

The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers Is Starting an Economic Revolution

 
Kelp Is the Ocean's Most Underutilized Power Ingredient

Kelp Is the Ocean's Most Underutilized Power Ingredient

 
Future Farming: The Gateway Drug of Sea Vegetables

Future Farming: The Gateway Drug of Sea Vegetables

 
The Next Kale

The Next Kale

 
How the Oceans can Save us.

How the Oceans can Save us.

 
It's a growing trend in the U.S., the farm to table movement. Restaurants team up with farmers, filling menus with fresh local meats and produce.

It's a growing trend in the U.S., the farm to table movement. Restaurants team up with farmers, filling menus with fresh local meats and produce.

 
My story is the story of ecological redemption.

My story is the story of ecological redemption.

 
The number of businesses supporting the local food movement is continuing to expand in Connecticut. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports on the state's first community supported fishing venture.

The number of businesses supporting the local food movement is continuing to expand in Connecticut. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports on the state's first community supported fishing venture.

 
The Water Brother's stop by Bren's farm.

The Water Brother's stop by Bren's farm.

 
Shortly after noon on a blustery Saturday, Bren Smith parked his Toyota in the bike lane of a leafy side street in the West Village. Smith, the owner of Thimble Island Oyster Company, had been up since 4 A.M., when he'd gone out on Long Island Sound to harvest kelp, oysters, and claims on his forty-acre plot.

Shortly after noon on a blustery Saturday, Bren Smith parked his Toyota in the bike lane of a leafy side street in the West Village. Smith, the owner of Thimble Island Oyster Company, had been up since 4 A.M., when he'd gone out on Long Island Sound to harvest kelp, oysters, and claims on his forty-acre plot.

 
With 3D Ocean Farming, We Can Eat Sustainably While Restoring Our Oceans

With 3D Ocean Farming, We Can Eat Sustainably While Restoring Our Oceans

 
Bioneering a Sustainable Sea Change with Ocean Farmer Bren Smith

Bioneering a Sustainable Sea Change with Ocean Farmer Bren Smith

 
Bren Smith: Vertical Ocran Farming

Bren Smith: Vertical Ocran Farming

 
When Bren Smith became an "ocean farmer"

When Bren Smith became an "ocean farmer"

 
Interview with Bren Smith

Interview with Bren Smith

 
Could Underwater Farming Feed The World?

Could Underwater Farming Feed The World?

 
American Food Heros

American Food Heros

 
"It makes all these foods the most sustainable on the planet, and I will even argue that it will also be the most affordable food as land and water get more expensive," said Bren Smith.

"It makes all these foods the most sustainable on the planet, and I will even argue that it will also be the most affordable food as land and water get more expensive," said Bren Smith.

 
'Ocean farmer' helps tackle climate change

'Ocean farmer' helps tackle climate change

 
 
How Underwater 3D Farms Could Revolutionize Food Production

How Underwater 3D Farms Could Revolutionize Food Production

 
The Cleanest Line

The Cleanest Line

 
Sustainable Seafood

Sustainable Seafood

 
Is Vertical Farming the Key to Sustainable Seafood?

Is Vertical Farming the Key to Sustainable Seafood?

 
Eat Kelp. 

Eat Kelp. 

 
Tricky Waters: How do we meet the demand for fish without depleting our oceans?

Tricky Waters: How do we meet the demand for fish without depleting our oceans?

 
Ecological Redemption: Ocean Farming in the Era of Climate Change

Ecological Redemption: Ocean Farming in the Era of Climate Change

 
Last year, we supplied the first domestically produced seaweed ever served at a White House state dinner.

Last year, we supplied the first domestically produced seaweed ever served at a White House state dinner.

 
An Army of Ocean Farmers: On the Frontlines of the Blue-Green Economic Revolution

An Army of Ocean Farmers: On the Frontlines of the Blue-Green Economic Revolution

 
Beyond Sustainability: GreenWave's Regenerative Ocean Farm

Beyond Sustainability: GreenWave's Regenerative Ocean Farm

 
Could 3D seaweed farms save our climate and heal our oceans?

Could 3D seaweed farms save our climate and heal our oceans?

 
Worried about the effects of overfishing, climate change and the acidification on our oceans? Bren Smith of New York may have the answer to these problems.

Worried about the effects of overfishing, climate change and the acidification on our oceans? Bren Smith of New York may have the answer to these problems.

 
Connecticut's 'Vertical Ocean Farmer' Wants To Change World's Food Supply System

Connecticut's 'Vertical Ocean Farmer' Wants To Change World's Food Supply System

 
The world's oceans are experiencing a tough time. Overfishing, acidification from climate change, pollution, and dead zones have all become major challenges to the health of aquatic ecosystems around the globe.

The world's oceans are experiencing a tough time. Overfishing, acidification from climate change, pollution, and dead zones have all become major challenges to the health of aquatic ecosystems around the globe.

 
Bren Smith is no ordinary waterman. He's out to revolutionize fishing, fight climate change, create jobs - and get you to eat seaweed.

Bren Smith is no ordinary waterman. He's out to revolutionize fishing, fight climate change, create jobs - and get you to eat seaweed.

 
I can't swim. A lot of fishermen where I'm from never learn. The water's cold and we have a saying that it just prolongs your death. People can't believe it, but, if you go down in the Grand Banks, just calm down and say goodbye.

I can't swim. A lot of fishermen where I'm from never learn. The water's cold and we have a saying that it just prolongs your death. People can't believe it, but, if you go down in the Grand Banks, just calm down and say goodbye.

 
"So, it's food production, eco-system restoration, and then growing the green economy and education," says Bren.

"So, it's food production, eco-system restoration, and then growing the green economy and education," says Bren.

 
Bren Smith is a shellfish and kelp farmer in the Thimble Island community of Branford. Smith has developed a unique shellfishing method for harvesting oysters.

Bren Smith is a shellfish and kelp farmer in the Thimble Island community of Branford. Smith has developed a unique shellfishing method for harvesting oysters.

 
Bren Smith's innovative kelp farming may be the future of food.

Bren Smith's innovative kelp farming may be the future of food.

 
Goodbye, tuna. So long, cod. Hello, pangasius and kelp! These are the seafoods - and sea organisms - we are likely to be eating in the future.

Goodbye, tuna. So long, cod. Hello, pangasius and kelp! These are the seafoods - and sea organisms - we are likely to be eating in the future.

 
More than three billion people on the planet depend on seafood for a critical portion of their diet's protein.

More than three billion people on the planet depend on seafood for a critical portion of their diet's protein.

 
Drones, Data and Insects: How Innovation Can Make the Food System More Sustainable

Drones, Data and Insects: How Innovation Can Make the Food System More Sustainable

 
Connecticut's Shoreline Threat: How Vulnerable Areas are Responding to a Rising Ocean

Connecticut's Shoreline Threat: How Vulnerable Areas are Responding to a Rising Ocean

 
How the Long Island Sound is Becoming Home to a Healthier Seafood

How the Long Island Sound is Becoming Home to a Healthier Seafood

 
Though regional cash crops are typically cultivated on land, aquaculturists are pushing state and county lawmakers to permit the growing and selling of sugar kelp, or seaweed.

Though regional cash crops are typically cultivated on land, aquaculturists are pushing state and county lawmakers to permit the growing and selling of sugar kelp, or seaweed.

 
Bren Smith, executive director of GreenWave, shares his vision for a day when there are thousands of ocean farms contributing food, fertilizers, and energy while lifting struggling coastal communities out of poverty.

Bren Smith, executive director of GreenWave, shares his vision for a day when there are thousands of ocean farms contributing food, fertilizers, and energy while lifting struggling coastal communities out of poverty.

 
Kelp farmer seeking to expand the Stonington Harbor

Kelp farmer seeking to expand the Stonington Harbor

 
Bioneers Conference Sparks Rea Change

Bioneers Conference Sparks Rea Change

 
"I'm on the Front Lines of this Crisis"

"I'm on the Front Lines of this Crisis"

 
A fisherman's plan to feed the world and reduce climate change

A fisherman's plan to feed the world and reduce climate change

 
Life Down on the Kelp Farm

Life Down on the Kelp Farm

 
This Former Fisherman Is Now Farming the Most Sustainable Food on Earth - Underwater

This Former Fisherman Is Now Farming the Most Sustainable Food on Earth - Underwater

 
Seaweed, niche health food to haute cuisine

Seaweed, niche health food to haute cuisine

 
He Made Kelp the New Kale, but This Seaweed Farmer Isn't Done Yet

He Made Kelp the New Kale, but This Seaweed Farmer Isn't Done Yet

 
Natural Aquaculture: Can We Save Oceans by Farming Them?

Natural Aquaculture: Can We Save Oceans by Farming Them?

 
The Underwater Farms That Could Help Stop the Death of Our Oceans

The Underwater Farms That Could Help Stop the Death of Our Oceans

 
The Yale Sustainable Food Project

The Yale Sustainable Food Project

 
Along the shores of New York Harbor, scientists are investigating whether this ubiquitous bivalve can be grown in urban areas as a way of cleansing coastal waters of sewage, fertilizers, and other pollutants.

Along the shores of New York Harbor, scientists are investigating whether this ubiquitous bivalve can be grown in urban areas as a way of cleansing coastal waters of sewage, fertilizers, and other pollutants.

 
Stony Creek Harbor, in the southeast corner of Branford, Connecticut, quietly looks out on the rocky shores of the Thimble Islands in Long Island Sound.

Stony Creek Harbor, in the southeast corner of Branford, Connecticut, quietly looks out on the rocky shores of the Thimble Islands in Long Island Sound.

 
This form of aquaculture replenishes the environment, rather than degrading it. "Oysters are these incredible engines of sustainability," Mr. Smith said. "They filter 50 gallons of water a day and pull nitrogen from the water, all with zero input of freshwater, fertilizers and animal feed."

This form of aquaculture replenishes the environment, rather than degrading it. "Oysters are these incredible engines of sustainability," Mr. Smith said. "They filter 50 gallons of water a day and pull nitrogen from the water, all with zero input of freshwater, fertilizers and animal feed."

 
From sorbet to oysters, there is a bumper crop of food startups that hit the streets just in time for summer.

From sorbet to oysters, there is a bumper crop of food startups that hit the streets just in time for summer.

 
Bren Smith, owner of Connecticut-based Thimble Island Oyster Company, and director of the organization GreenWave started growing kelp and shellfish as a reaction to several crises he faced in his own life: overfishing, climate change, and rampant unemployment in the fishing industry.

Bren Smith, owner of Connecticut-based Thimble Island Oyster Company, and director of the organization GreenWave started growing kelp and shellfish as a reaction to several crises he faced in his own life: overfishing, climate change, and rampant unemployment in the fishing industry.

 
Bren Smith, owner of Connecticut-based Thimble Island Oyster Company, and director of the organization GreenWave started growing kelp and shellfish as a reaction to several crises he faced in his own life: overfishing, climate change, and rampans unemployment in the fishing industry

Bren Smith, owner of Connecticut-based Thimble Island Oyster Company, and director of the organization GreenWave started growing kelp and shellfish as a reaction to several crises he faced in his own life: overfishing, climate change, and rampans unemployment in the fishing industry

 
Brendan Smith sidles his small fishing boat, Mookie, alongside a row of basketball-size black buoys, bobbing barely a mile off Branford in the Thimble Island section of Long Island Sound.

Brendan Smith sidles his small fishing boat, Mookie, alongside a row of basketball-size black buoys, bobbing barely a mile off Branford in the Thimble Island section of Long Island Sound.

 
"Kelp is a game-changer," said Bren. "It is so resilient, fast-growing and does all of these powerful things."

"Kelp is a game-changer," said Bren. "It is so resilient, fast-growing and does all of these powerful things."

 
Stories From Main Street: Connecticut Ocean Farmer Hopes To Make Kelp The New Kale

Stories From Main Street: Connecticut Ocean Farmer Hopes To Make Kelp The New Kale

 
Branford man is taking his farm underwater

Branford man is taking his farm underwater

 
Food for thought: Lombard Odier and the Ft explore 3D ocean farming

Food for thought: Lombard Odier and the Ft explore 3D ocean farming