Cape Cod & The Islands

The FARM Institute


162 acres

Celebrating Farming, Food, and Community on the historic Katama Farm.


Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • Facilities & Accessibility
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories


Once cultivated by Native Americans and European settlers, the 162-acre FARM Institute at Katama Farm is both a working farm and a farm-based educational hub. In 2005, the FARM Institute, an island nonprofit devoted to connecting children to agriculture, made it their headquarters and restored the buildings and grounds.

The Farm Institute became a Trustees-managed property in 2016 at which time The Trustees built a teaching kitchen to complete the cycle of farm-to-table. In 2021, a new partnership was formed with The Trustees and Slough Farm to continue our farm-based educational programs and events. Morning Glory and Grey Barn are actively farming Katama Farm. Visitors can often see Morning Glory cows, pigs, and chickens as well as Slough Farm’s pigs and “flerd” (flock of sheep and herd of cows) rotating through the pastures. Or walk through the Katama Barn to meet The Trustees sheep, goats, chickens, and roaming ducks.

Ideas for Your Visit

The farm is open for visitors to stroll the barn, visit with the animals, or walk through the Friendship Garden. A pair of flat, under-two-mile walking trails wind along the south pastures.  Drop off the kids for one of our hands-on farm programs, learn a new kitchen skill in an adult cooking class, or bring the whole family for a farm dinner in the summer.

Birthday parties: Party like a farm animal! The Farm Institute hosts birthday parties, including barnyard or culinary programming, for ages 4 & up. Learn more here.

Community Garden: Looking for a garden to call your own? Get your hands dirty in a Farm Institute Community Garden plot, available annually starting in April. Learn more here.

Admission & Hours

The Farm Institute is open to the public to walk the property and visit the animals from sun up to sun down. The Katama Barn is open during staff hours Monday-Friday 9-4 and Saturdays from 9-noon in the summer. Our farm store is open during the same program hours, with the exception of being closed during Barnyard Buddies on Saturdays from 9:30-10:30.

During the off-season, the Katama Barn and the farm stand are open Tuesday-Friday 9-4 and Saturday 9-noon.

There is no fee to visit the farm.

We welcome school and youth groups for experiential educational programs. Please visit our Education Page for details and to initiate a visit request.

Directions & Contact Info

14 Aero Ave.
Edgartown, MA 02539
Telephone: 508.627.7007

Get directions on Google Maps.

The FARM Institute is located at 14 Aero Ave in Edgartown Massachusetts. When heading to South Beach, we are located in between “right” and “left” fork and can be accessed by either side.

Facilities & Accessibility

During operational hours, we have restrooms available to the public in our office/kitchen/market area.

Accessible Features:

Teaching Kitchen/market/offices are wheelchair accessible.

Accessible bathrooms and parking.

Garden pathways and trails are flat and wide, however, an all-terrain wheelchair is recommended.


Property Map

At present, a downloadable trail map is not available.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs are allowed leashed on our trails only, dogs are not allowed on our main campus for the safety of our animals and free range poultry.
  • Some of our fences are electric, please approach fencing with caution and check for yellow signs along the fence stating if it is electrified.
  • Livestock can be unpredictable and dangerous, do not enter any animal stalls or fields without a staff member. Do not feed any of our livestock.
  • The farm fields are open to hunting with written permission.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: We do not allow photography sessions during any youth educational programs. Please reach out to schedule a session. We ask that photographers or their clients become Contributing Level Members before conducting portrait sessions at this property.  Click here for more information, and to request permission for any portrait sessions. The Trustees of Reservations reserves the right, and may give permission to its designated photographers and videographers, or to outside media, to photograph or video visitors and program participants at all its facilities and properties.
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The FARM Institute is located on the historic Katama Farm, a farm that dates back to the early 1900s. In 1943, Elisha Smith bought Katama Farm and started a dairy collaborative with six dairy cows. In 1964, Elisha Smith sold Katama Farm to the Strock Family who drew up plans to divide the farm into 700 buildable lots.

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