Jessi Duma will talk about the agricultural heritage of the Cranberry Isles at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on May 3. PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSI DUMA

Fellow to share agricultural heritage of Cranberry Isles



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Jessi Duma, a 2014-2016 Island Institute Fellow, will discuss her research and findings about the agricultural heritage of the Cranberry Isles at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m.

Historically, the Cranberry Isles were known for their lucrative fishing and coastal industries, but clues hidden in the landscape reveal the presence of a surprisingly rich agricultural past as well. With support from the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society and the College of the Atlantic, Duma will illuminate the overlooked agricultural heritage of the Cranberry Isles through artifacts, photographs, interviews and community projects on Great Cranberry Island and Islesford. Duma’s presentation will reflect on how 19th and 20th-century island women, fishermen and boatbuilders not only supported their families, but engaged with worldwide markets through agriculture.

While living and researching on Great Cranberry Island, Duma co-founded a community gardening and composting project. She often can be seen leading afterschool activities with the Ashley Bryan School and is an enthusiastic potluck participant.

Call the library at 244-7065.

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