The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society was established in 1859. It promotes the pursuit of agriculture, horticulture, land conservation, youth activities, mechanic and domestic arts and encourages the raising and improving of plant and animal stock and the sale of island-grown produce and flowers at local farmers’ markets.
In 1993, to meet the growing needs of its membership and the public, the Society sold its Agricultural Hall to the Town of West Tisbury and purchased the 21-acre site at the Panhandle. A 100-year old post and beam barn was relocated piece by piece from New Hampshire to be the new, more spacious home of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society. The barn, along with a year-round meeting hall addition, cattle shed, animal barn, state-of-the-art horse rink and accessory buildings all sit alongside a hay field on the new site.
The Society, which has over 1000 year-round and seasonal members, is perhaps best known for its annual Agricultural Fair, which attracts thousands of islanders and visitors each summer. We are also home to the Winter Farmers market (http://www.thewesttisburyfarmersmarket.com), annual Barnraisers Ball, the Spinners & Weavers, Homegrown, Living Local Harvest Festival (http://livinglocalmv.org) and the Spring Potluck and Contra Dance.
The Society also provides grants to local farmers, scholarships to local students, funds the MVAS apprentice program and are members of the MVAS Program Alliance. Make sure you check out these pages if you’re looking for more information on these programs.