GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON INC

nonprofit

We believe that EVERYONE deserves healthy, delicious food and that sustainable community agriculture underpins this food security!

Born of a daring grassroots vision, Grow Food Northampton provides healthy food to you & your neighbors, and sprouts hundreds of organic growers, locavore chefs and healthy eaters. We own and operate the largest community farm in Massachusetts, hosting four farm businesses & a vibrant community garden, and providing farm-based learning programs, policy advocacy, and generous food and land subsidies to our community of food growers and eaters!

This October, when Grow Food Northampton funded over 800 public school children from Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton & Easthampton to visit our farm and harvest root vegetables, we were inundated with exuberant letters of gratitude. Here are a few from the kids at Leeds Elementary School:

When I got home I ate the carrot I picked. It was the best carrot I ever had! It inspired me to be a farmer when I grow up. ~ Noah


I took the carrot and beet home and I made carrot and beet salad with Asian dressing. ~ Davis


My mom roasted the carrots I picked and made a salad. It was so good! You inspired me so much to grow a garden of my own. I can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much for letting us come. ~ Olivia


YOU can make more of these joyful, delicious experiences possible and help create the change in our food system that we all want to see!

Fair Trade: YOU help us meet our goal of 400 donors on Valley Gives Day. WE help you fulfill your vision of a food-secure, sustainable community!

The GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON COMMUNITY FARM is home to the following sustainable food growers:

Crimson & Clover Farm:

  • Vegetables, fruits, and flowers for 370-member CSA

Slow Tractor Farm:

  • Grains for malting, dried beans & popcorn

Sawmill Farm:

  • Medicinal & culinary herbs for restaurants, local markets, and shareholders

Mockingbird Farm:

  • Pasture-fed beef for local sale

COMMUNITY GARDEN

  • 270 fertile, affordable garden plots for lease
  • Gardeners trained in organic practices
  • Workshops and community celebrations held
  • Volunteer-run "Hunger Relief" program donates over 1,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to local soup kitchen annually

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

  • Hands-on, farm-based programs for kids and adults
  • On-site organic gardening training for gardeners
  • Field trips to the farm by hundreds of regional children
  • Partnerships with nearby educational institutions including Hampshire College and Smith College’s Sustainable Food Concentration

LOCAL FOOD ACCESS PROGRAMS

  • Over 30,000 pounds of fresh food donated to our local food pantry and soup kitchens since the Farm's inception
  • Food stamps accepted at Crimson & Clover Farm and doubled in value by GFN
  • Subsidized farmshares for low-income seniors delivered weekly to the Northampton Senior Center
  • Subsidized garden plots available for low-income families
  • Scholarships available to low-income households for farm classes and workshops

ADVOCACY

  • Mandatory GMO labeling in MA
  • Pesticide reduction on municipal land in Northampton
  • Sensible Food Safety Modernization Act
  • No Tennessee Gas Pipeline that threatens agricultural land.

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We believe that EVERYONE deserves healthy, delicious food and that sustainable community agriculture underpins this food security!

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