Cape Cod & The Islands

The FARM Institute


162 acres

Get up close with grazing cows and learn the origins of the food on your plate at The Trustees’ first working farm on Martha’s Vineyard.


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 a working farm devoted to sustainable agriculture and farm education. In 2005, the FARM Institute, an island nonprofit devoted to connecting children to agriculture, made it their headquarters and restored the buildings and grounds. After becoming a Trustees-managed property in 2016, the farm is now home to beef cattle, sheep, goats, and poultry.

Update on August 20, 2020 regarding the future of The FARM Institute

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. Guests can stop in at our farm store to purchase locally raised meats and eggs, as well as t-shirts and other merchandise. 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.
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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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My city grandchildren really enjoyed seeing the animals up close and pushing child size wheelbarrows.

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