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Excerpt from vineyardgazette.com

A new education center, employee housing and a new vision for the future were unveiled Thursday night when the Martha’s Vineyard Commission opened a hearing on phase one of a master plan for Island Grown Initiative’s community farm hub.

Headquartered at the former Thimble Farm, IGI has expanded its nonprofit mission and reach into the Island community in recent years under the direction of executive director Rebecca Haag with an emphasis on food equity, education and innovations in agriculture.

The new master plan aims to revamp the old Thimble Farm into a more workable facility to house its programs.

“There are projects, there are projects and then there are dream projects,” said John Abrams, the founder of South Mountain Co. in West Tisbury which is designing and building the project. “This is a dream project.”

The MVC is reviewing the plan as a development of regional impact (DRI).

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