Model & Strategy

Regenerative ocean farming offers a powerful solution to the climate crisis and the opportunity to address rising social and economic inequalities facing coastal communities. This zero-input, polyculture farming model grows a mix of seaweeds and shellfish that absorbs carbon and nitrogen, rebuilds marine ecosystems, feeds the planet, and creates viable and sustainable economic activity in coastal communities hard hit by climate change.

GreenWave works to replicate and scale regenerative ocean farming in coastal communities to create a blue green economy—built and led by ocean farmers—that ensures we all make a living on a living planet. GreenWave partners with fishermen, Indigenous groups, and other under-resourced coastal communities directly affected by climate change to ensure they benefit from the industry’s growth.

At a Glance
Founded: 2014
Environment & Climate Change
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast
GreenWave
New Haven, CT
Growing good, local food for local communities
Infographic detailing GreenWave's 3D Ocean Farming systems
Meet Bren Smith & Emily Stengel

Bren Smith, GreenWave Co-Executive Director and Owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm, pioneered the development of regenerative ocean farming. A lifelong commercial fisherman, he was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “25 People Shaping the Future” and featured in TIME magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2017”.

Bren is the winner of the Buckminster Fuller Prize and the Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize and has been profiled by 60 Minutes, CNN, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and elsewhere. He is an Ashoka, Castanea, and Echoing Green Climate Fellow and James Beard Award-winning author of Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures Farming the Ocean to Fight Climate Change.

Emily Stengel is the Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder of GreenWave. With a background in food industry management and agricultural research, Emily brings experience with and knowledge of the struggles faced by land-based producers. She’s committed to bringing lessons learned from land to the creation of a new

blue-green economy, supporting sustainable livelihoods on the water and making sure the barriers to entry for new restorative ocean farmers are low. Emily has an M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont.

IMPACT

GreenWave has supported more than 3,800 farmers, hatchery technicians, and entrepreneurs throughout North America to launch and scale their businesses.

By 2030, GreenWave will train and support 10,000 farmers to catalyze the planting of regenerative ocean crops and yield meaningful economic and climate impacts.

GreenWave launched the world’s first online Regenerative Ocean Farming Hub; partnered with First Nations to leverage ocean farming for frontline climate resilience; incubated kelp carbon, sensor, fertilizer and feed projects; and steered $2 million of investment into industry expansion.

  • Our free online course How to Start a Kelp Farm starts tomorrow, January 10 at 2 pm ET, and we hope you’ll join us… https://t.co/rtu7YahIj4
  • We’re excited to launch How to Start a Kelp Farm next week on January 10. Make sure to register and join us for 6 w… https://t.co/Crmbh7ivkk
  • What does it mean to make a living on a living planet? For us, it's thriving ocean farming businesses driving a wi… https://t.co/40CQd4UXVY
  • Help GreenWave support ocean farmers who are building a new blue-green economy. Each donation we receive through 12… https://t.co/A3SIG9pvaP
  • RT @SMTPSF: Schmidt Marine grantees Bren Smith of @GreenWaveOrg and @ian_urbina discuss the universality and peculiarity of mariner culture…
  • There’s still time to sign up for our How to Start a Kelp Farm free online guided course starting January 10. Ove… https://t.co/gBwODt5DN9
  • We need regenerative ocean farms in the water now to support coastal communities hit hardest by climate change. Far… https://t.co/3MCZaGuXUd
  • Want to launch a kelp farm, but don't know where to start? Join us for How to Start a Kelp Farm, our 6-week course… https://t.co/UuE41jzudw
  • An inspiring story about one of this year's Kelp Climate Fund participants! “I’m going to keep growing kelp as long… https://t.co/3Aqv96uxyr
  • "Blue carbon policy, science, and offset markets are not moving at the pace of the climate crisis," says Bren Smith… https://t.co/z9kb4MSzjI
  • As we lay the first lines of the season, we’re proud to join farmers, hatchery managers, and other innovators acros… https://t.co/zK2UaiYt4I
  • Honored to be on @ian_urbina's podcast The Outlaw Ocean. Check out Episode 7: Epilogue — The Spell of The Sea https://t.co/A9CftINoEm
  • RT @seaweed_first: BREAKING #SEAWEED NEWS: 🇪🇺 Today, @EU_Commission adopted the Communication ‘Towards a strong and #sustainable EU #algae
  • One of seaweed’s superpowers is that it has so many uses–it’s the soy of the sea without all the downsides. Read ab… https://t.co/qHNTEQhygN
  • RT @ayanaeliza: NEW: Groundbreaking #OceanJustice platform just released. A collective of 18 organizations offers a consensus set of prin…
  • Playing sea soundscapes can summon thousands of baby oysters, and help regrow oyster reefs https://t.co/YKrmqe0X7m via @physorg_com