Island Grown Initiative to buy Dunkl property in Chilmark


The Island Grown Initiative (IGI), a non-profit food advocacy group, has agreed to buy 23.4 acres of land in Chilmark owned by the Dunkl family, who operate Chilmark Spring Water Company.

In a press release, IGI said it signed a purchase and sale agreement on June 27, and announced the agreement Wednesday. IGI did not disclose the purchase price.

IGI said it is buying the property to safeguard the land and water source. The land is already under a conservation restriction held by the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation. IGI does not intend to buy the Chilmark Spring Water Company, and expects the Dunkl family will close operations in the coming months.

“The Dunkls view this as a unique opportunity to work with IGI’s forward thinking administrators, to protect, preserve and enhance this property’s values in a way that will ultimately reinforce the concepts of Island sustainability, education and economic stability,” the family said in the press release. “IGI will keep the well head active and maintain all water quality and permits so that it may be used as a water source as needed. The Dunkl family will continue living on the property, as agreed by both parties,and will work with IGI to support their mission moving forward.”

The land, at 149 Old Farm Road, abuts several conservation properties, including Waskosim’s Rock Preserve, a popular tract managed by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission.

The Dunkl property is the second large land acquisition for IGI in recent years. In June, 2012, IGI purchased Thimble Farm, off the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, and began producing crops in a large hydroponic greenhouse facility on the property.

According to its mission statement, IGI strives to increase both the supply and demand of locally grown food through programs that promote sustainable agriculture and education.