From Mabel to Table
Wanted: Kids 13 to 18 years old with a taste for adventure and vegetables."
In an inspired collaboration between two Vineyard youth program organizations, this summer will see a great new opportunity to experience something unique and educational in true Island tradition. Vineyard Voyagers and The FARM Institute of Katama have joined forces to offer a combined sailing and agriculture experience that involves the historic use of an open sailing vessel and bringing Island-grown produce to market.
Called Mabel to Table, the program is the product of the pursuit of interests by a very talented and diverse group of people brought together by their common goals: the continuation of maritime heritage and the traditional local production of good clean food. All it takes is the participation of energetic young people willing to literally get their hands dirty.
The program will utilize the open 28-foot ketch Mabel in a weekly round-trip sail between her home port of Vineyard Haven to Edgartown Harbor. At Edgartown she'll head down to the southwest corner of Katama Bay, where her crew of six, plus captain, will go ashore at The FARM Institute to harvest produce which they will then load onto the ketch for the return sail to Vineyard Haven.
On arrival in Vineyard Haven, the produce will be sold at the farmers market at the Tisbury Wharf to all comers wishing to take advantage of fresh organic fruits and vegetables brought to market by an age-old traditional manner.
Participants will gain working knowledge of commerce under sail, of the importance of navigation and working with weather and tidal conditions, and of part of a crew with a mission. The sailing will be done during daylight hours, so if circumstances dictate, the vessel will anchor for an evening aboard in sleeping bags with plenty of fiber in the diet.