IGI unveils plan for Thimble Farm

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.