IGI unveils plan for Thimble Farm

IGI unveils plan for Thimble Farm

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The Island Grown Initiative plans to restore the 32,000 square foot Thimble Farm greenhouse. — Photo by Randi Baird

Island Grown Initiative (IGI), an Island non-profit focused on sustainable agriculture, has big plans for the former Thimble Farm, the 41-acre farm property off Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs it bought in June 2012.

IGI said it has developed a long term plan that includes restoration of the 32,000 square foot greenhouse and construction of a meat processing plant, a community kitchen, farmworker housing, solar and wind energy systems, and restoration of crop fields and storage and maintenance structures, according to an IGI press release.

“The concept plan for Thimble farm is intended to provide services to farmers and the community that aid in the development of a robust and vibrant local food system,” IGI said in a press release.

Details of the plan are scheduled to be presented at a public meeting Saturday, February 8, from 10 am to noon, at the Oak Bluffs Public Library.

In 2012, three seasonal residents funded the purchase of the farm, designed by a previous owner to raise tomatoes and berry fruits hydroponically. Last year, IGI hired Keith Wilda, a 41-year-old western Massachusetts aquaculturalist and third generation dirt farmer, to head its new Thimble Farm operation.


  1. Heads Up! The FAA recently was asked to give a “flight obstruction evaluation” for two 170′ tall wind turbines at this location. These spinning, strobing towers would be 20′ taller than the MGF and Allen Farm [E3120] turbines, and would be sited less than 500′ from the nearest home; the next nearest home is reportedly 625′ away. While these are not the 400’ (1.5MW) turbines such as we see in North Falmouth, the smaller turbines also have repercussions which extend beyond their property or even immediate neighborhood.

    See today’s article in the St. Albans (VT) Messenger http://www.samessenger.com/state-prison-turbine-plan-fans-health-issue/
    which reports on health impacts of 121’ tall 100kw turbines.

    See also http://www.ack.net/healthimpacts020912.html
    where a neighbor 750’ from the 100kw Nantucket HS turbine complains of accelerated heart rate, vertigo, dizziness and headaches.

    Best to stay on top of IGI’s plans in the early stages rather than be surprised after installation, as many were when the MGF turbine went up.