Exploring the Intersection of Farming on Land and at Sea
Tues June 28 | @ The Hús, Portland | Doors @ 4:30
In a brainstorming session for this event, Barton Seaver posed the very simple question, "what is the purpose of aquaculture?" On the surface, the question may seem straightforward. Producing food very much comes to mind. But if we unpack the inquiry, it quickly becomes obvious there is a much deeper, multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary conversation to be had--and it's one that has been ongoing in Maine's agriculture sector for quite some time. From producing healthy food, to mitigating environmental challenges, to creating new economies, or inspiring a new and diverse generation of food producers, the functions of both land and ocean-based farming are many.
We Connect the Ocean-Minded.
The Blue Economy needs thoughtful and educated constituents in order to grow in a healthy manner. The NEOC exists to connect forward-thinking, ocean-minded people to help ensure opportunity is pursued inclusively, economically, and sustainably.
The New England Ocean Cluster strategically engages with its clients through membership, tenancy in the Hús, consulting, sponsorship, and the creation of new entrepreneurial projects.
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OUR PURPOSE DRIVEN & COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE
The Hús, Icelandic for House, is our collaborative workplace on the second floor 68 Commercial Street. Previously the Portland Science Center and located directly above Scales Restaurant, the space has been intentionally designed to convene and support the ocean-minded constituency of the Blue Economy. There are 20 glass offices of various sizes available, 14 permanent workstations for students, entrepreneurs, and growing companies, an executive boardroom, 2 breakout rooms, 2 phone booths, and more. The Hús is home to many wonderful tenants as well as a gathering place for the New England Ocean Cluster’s network members and collaborators.
The purpose of having this inclusive and purpose-driven environment is fundamentally connected to the NEOC’s mission of connecting people as a means to drive meaningful innovation. We would love to have you.
We use our industry knowledge, experience, and global network to make connections that help our members with strategic planning and provide project development.
This collaborative, Blue Economy workspace will be home to the NEOC’s startup incubator rentable desks, offices, and meeting spaces. Members will be encouraged to utilize the facility as a co-working environment
Often guided by a critical need, workgroups are an inclusive programmatic element designed to bring multiple NEOC members together to pursue a multifaceted objective or address a complicated problem.
With our diverse portfolio of events and programming, we offer our members and clients unique ways to grow their businesses by connecting with others in an intentional way. All NEOC events are specifically designed to bring direct value to those in attendance.
Events are back and better than ever.
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
IS WHAT THE OCEAN CLUSTER MODEL IS ALL ABOUT.
The NEOC presents at and organizes many gatherings in Maine and across the North Atlantic region each year, and we're endeavoring to do so throughout COVID-19. Whether it’s through regularly recurring workgroup meetings and engaging installments of Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy (EITBE), or annual events like Walk the Working Waterfront and Arctic Circle Assembly, we constantly strive to bring thoughtful and educated people together in the name of sustainable economic development and are committed to doing so virtually. Our Members not only receive preferred access to all NEOC events, but they are also encouraged to participate in the delivery of regular programming, such as workgroups and EITBE, to help address their own areas of need.