Katama Silo to be Repurposed as Cell Tower
Olivia Hull

A long-awaited project to bring improved cell service to the Katama part of Edgartown moves forward this week, following the completion of a lease with telecommunications company AT&T.

The company will pay the town $28,000 per year for the use of an abandoned silo at Katama Farm.
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With Contract Issues Solved, Edgartown Solar Project Moves Forward
Sara Brown
Changes have been approved to an agreement between the town and the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative Inc. (CVEC) to create solar arrays on town-owned parcels of land. The projects are expected to save the town millions in electricity costs down the road.
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Katama Farm Cell Antenna Approved
Sara Brown
The Edgartown Planning Board Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to place a cell antenna in an abandoned silo in Katama, despite some opposition from neighbors. At meetings over the last few months, Katama residents had opposed AT&T’s plan to place the antenna in an abandoned silo at the Farm Institute, citing perceived concerns about radiation affecting property values and the Farm Institute’s donations, sales of produce and meat, and summer camp program. Farm Institute representatives said if the tower posed a risk to visitors or livestock, they would not have let the project go forward.
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Capital Boost Needed at Katama Farm
MANDY LOCKE

Capital Boost Needed at Katama Farm

By MANDY LOCKE

After a superior court judge denied initial efforts by a group of neighbors to evict FARM Institute from Katama Farm, questions remain about the condition of buildings at the town-owned farm.

Katama Farm - nearly 200 acres of sweeping grassland cradled in the middle of the town's densely settled south shore community - has seen better days. Wear and tear brought on by a string of failed operations over the last 24 years have left this facility's barns and silos in a state of disrepair.

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Judge Rejects Neighbors' Pleas Over Katama Farm, Supports Current Usage

Judge Rejects Neighbors' Pleas Over Katama Farm, Supports Current Usage

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

In a detailed decision that explicitly recognizes the value of a 190-acre, town-owned farm in the Great Plains section of Edgartown, a superior court judge late last week soundly rejected a request from a group of neighbors who are trying to shut down Katama Farm.

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Neighbors Head to Court to Stop New Programs at Town's Katama Farm

Complaining that Edgartown officials turned a deaf ear to their appeals to limit operations at Katama Farm, a group of four Katama residents will go to court Tuesday - pleading with a superior court judge to evict the FARM Institute, newest tenant of the town-owned farm.

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Farm Group Floats Plan for Huge Katama Concert
Ian Fein

The FARM Institute angered many of its new neighbors this week with a plan to hold a two-night summer fundraising concert for as many as 10,000 people and 2,200 cars parked on Katama Farm.

The institute officially moves into the historic town-owned farm tomorrow.

The Edgartown conservation commission, which controls Katama Farm and signed a 10-year lease with the institute for the land only two months ago, will hold a special meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to vote on the request.

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Does My Pig Look Too Big In This Barn?
Remy Tumin

Driving down the dirt path leading to the Farm Institute in Katama, a sign urges you to slow down: “Caution, children exploring.” There are the belted Galloway cows grazing in the distance, bales of wrapped hay in the far field, and now there is a fully restored barn to complete the picturesque vista.

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Brothers Leave Farm Insititute in Hands of Community That Built It
Mark Alan Lovewell

This year, the Farm Institute will lose two of its key leaders: brothers Rob and Matthew Goldfarb. Rob, development director, leaves today. Matthew, executive director, will depart at the end of this summer, after being at the reins for five years.

This week, the two sat down to talk about the Katama-based farm, its past and its future. For them, the Farm Institute is a classic community success story, with a beginning, a hardworking present and a future they feel will remain strong, well after their departure.

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Soon to be Planted at Katama Farm: Six Acres of Solar Panels
Remy Tumin

Construction for a solar array at Katama Farm is set to begin this winter, now that the Edgartown planning board approved a special permit for the project this week, clearing the last hurdle for what will be the Island’s largest installation of photovoltaic panels.

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