We have reached the Faroe Islands. We clear in at the fishing harbor Tyoroyri on the southernmost island of the archipelago. We then make a short stop in the small fishing village Sandoy to pick up two further crewmembers, Frauke and Tobias. Through arrangements made by Frauke, we have the chance to visit the only farm for organic cultivation and cropland management on the Faroe Islands.
Katrin, the head of this farm and her colleague for the field cultivation, Oftan Hentze, take us through their daily routine. Under the “Veltan” label (www.veltan.fo) they grow fruit and vegetables following ecological principles. On the 4000 square meter cultivation area, they have created a microcosm. The substructure for two greenhouses under foil was made from the used metal pipes from a closed fish farm. This way they could grow seedlings for different types of lettuce, potatoes, pointed cabbage and even strawberries on the latitude of Norway. They sell their produce to the inhabitants on the island.
Restaurants have become aware of “Veltan” products. They realize that ecological produce with short delivery routes is keeping with the trend – also here on the Faroe Islands. And this is the case not only on Sandoy but also in the capitol city Torshavn. There is a supermarket there which will offer lettuce, vegetables and strawberries from “Veltan” in the near future. The difference in taste, says the food producer, between imported fruits and local produce can really be tasted.
After our tour, Katrin invites the whole crew on the “Dagmar Aaen” to a hearty tomato-sweet-pepper stew and Ali Noshib offers his freshly baked goods. The self-made baker is trying to establish a small bakery on the island with a loving attention to this craft. On the way back to the ship, the crew is carrying heavy bags. Our ship’s cook Thomas took advantage of the opportunity and bought a lot of fresh vegetables from Katrin. Now the vegetable box on the deck of the “Dagmar Aaen” is filled up once more for our further journey.