Cape Cod & The Islands

The FARM Institute

Edgartown

162 acres

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

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

Overview

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 both Morning Glory cows and Grey Barn sheep grazing in the fields, 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.

Admission & Hours

Our barns and office are open to the public Monday-Saturday 9-5 in the summer season and Tuesday-Saturday 9-4 in the off-season.

There is no fee to visit the farm.

Directions & Contact Info

14 Aero Ave.
Edgartown, MA 02539
Telephone: 508.627.7007

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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.
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History

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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My city grandchildren really enjoyed seeing the animals up close and pushing child size wheelbarrows.

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