An innovation and education site for regenerative agriculture

Thimble Farm was initially part of a dairy farm owned by legendary farmer Elisha Smith and his forbearers for nearly 300 years. In 1981, Bud and Patricia Moscow bought the property and grew acres of strawberries, blackberries and raspberries for a u-pick operation. The Moscows also built the 31,000 sq. ft glass greenhouse that still stands on the site. In 2000, the Moscows sold the property to Lawrence Benson, who leased the farm to local farmer Andrew Woodruff, of Whippoorwill Farm CSA. When Mr. Benson put the property on the market in 2006, Andrew Woodruff and his CSA members spearheaded a campaign to save the property. The group’s effort inspired Eric Grubman to purchase the property in 2007 as a temporary measure to preserve the farm. Eventually, with the generous help of Allan and Shelley Holt, Island Grown Initiative stepped forward to receive ownership of the farm in 2011.


The 32,000-square-foot greenhouse produces food year round for our CSA, island food equity programs, schools, farm stands, and grocery stores.


Our no-till methods utilize ground covers, cover crops, animal grazing and crop rotation to restore soil life and produce high yields of nutrient dense food.


We encourage people to set up their own garden plots at our farm, to garden and learn alongside others. For information on our 2021 community garden plots, contact


We are developing edible forest gardens with over 300 diverse plantings of fruits and nuts.


Food scraps are fed to chickens and turned into compost in our in-vessel. You can bring your household food waste to the IGI farm and drop it off for free! We have several large totes lashed to the outside of our fence.

How To Find Us

We are located at 80 Stoney Hill Road. The farm is currently closed to visitors, but food waste drop-offs are welcome.

  • Turn onto Head of Pond Road off of Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road (same road as the Alpaca Farm).
  • Go down the paved part until you come across a sign that says "Farm Hub" on the left.
  • The Stoney Hill entrance to the farm is closed, all traffic must come through Vineyard Haven.
  • Questions? 508-687-9062


Compost is not available for purchase at this time.