Morning Glory Farm is honored to have been chosen by the town of Edgartown to manage 150 acres of historic Katama Farm under a long-term lease. We’re joined in this endeavor by our friends from the Grey Barn and Farm in Chilmark, who will use 50 acres and half the dairy barn for their sheep.
The remaining 100 acres will become pastureland for Morning Glory’s cattle, chickens and pigs, grazing in rotation to enhance the quality of the soil.
“Soil stewardship is a big part of what we do,” Daniel Athearn says. “Everything comes from the soil, and we want to be stewards of the soil.”
Morning Glory will follow farmer-author Joel Salatin’s rotational grazing methods, designed to raise the fertility of the fields with organic matter from the farm animals.
Grazing in Katama will also enable us to feed our Island beef with Island grass, instead of hay imported by semi-truck and ferry from as far away as New York state.
“We want to be grazing cattle as many months of the year as we can, because that’s the most efficient way and the most environmentally friendly way to get beef on the table — and it takes a lot of land to do that,” Daniel says.
Beef from our Vineyard-raised Red Devon cattle is now in stock at the farmstand, both ground and in a wide variety of cuts for spring roasting and summer grilling. And soon, if all goes as planned, the next generation of calves will be making their debut at Katama Farm.