GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON INC

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Community members celebrate the harvest

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The share barn of Crimson & Clover Farm, one of 4 farm businesses at Grow Food Northampton's community farm

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Nate Frigard, Jen Smith, and Noah of Crimson & Clover Farm

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Walking the fields at Crimson & Clover Farm

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A contented pig living at Crimson & Clover Farm

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Christian Stanley of Slow Tractor Farm checks over his tractor during harvest

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Kevin Korb of Sawmill Farm Collective harvesting greens to sell to Haymarket Cafe for their salads.

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Calves from Mockingbird Farm born this year at FOG

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Florence Organic Community Garden (FOG) on a beautiful summer day

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Two students, Emma and Julia, working the Hunger Relief Plot with GFN's work-study student Alana McGillis.

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Climate Summer volunteers plant fruit trees at FOG

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FOG gardeners turn over the soil in their garden plot

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Volunteers install the edible hedgrow at FOG, adding woodchips for mulch

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High school volunteers from Mountain Alliance help to buid the natural play structures at FOG

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Late September light at FOG

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Community gardeners enjoy our end-of-season picnic at the Florence Organic Community Garden

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Children playing during The Farm Education Collaborative's afterschool program at Crimson & Clover

Grow Food Northampton believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food, and that we need to protect our farmland.

We deliver educational programs, provide low- and no-cost food to community members, soup kitchens, and food pantries, and support successful farming and gardening on our 121-acre community farm in Florence.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please help GFN raise $40,000 to double the impact of our Food Access program and expand outreach! With our help, GFN could subsidize the purchse of dried beans, grass-fed beef, herbal teas, fruits, and vegetable from all four of our community farm businesses to hundreds of low-income community members. By broadening the population of people who can afford and enjoy our food, we will strengthen our farmers' economic vitality and our community's health!

All donations will be doubled up to $20,000!

OUR HISTORY

In 2010, citizens created Grow Food Northampton to safeguard a large tract of prime, in-town farmland for sustainable community agriculture. Months later, and with more than 1,400 contributions, GFN bought 121 acres of permanently preserved farmland and created the Northampton Community Farm.

Today, ours is the largest community farm in Massachusetts, hosting four successful farm businesses and a vibrant community garden, and growing a full menu of vegetables, fruit, herbs, grain, and livestock. The Northampton Community Farm feeds thousands of community members, engages more than 500 children in farm-based learning and has donated thousands of pounds of food toward local hunger relief.

In 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health presented Grow Food Northampton with its Community Transformation Award. GFN consults nationally with citizen groups hoping to replicate our success.

GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON COMMUNITY FARM

Crimson & Clover Farm:

  • Vegetables, fruits, and flowers for 350-member CSA

Slow Tractor Farm:

  • Grains for malting and local animal feed

Sawmill Farm Collective:

  • Greens and herbs for restaurants, local markets, and shareholders

Mockingbird Farm:

  • Pasture-fed livestock for local sale

COMMUNITY GARDEN

  • Hundreds of fertile, affordable garden plots leased to local citizens
  • 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
  • Resource conservation in promoted! Gardeners sent gardeners regular updates on rainfall and tips for growing more food with fewer inputs

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

  • Hands-on, farm-based programs for kids and adults by The Farm Education Collaborative
  • On-site organic gardening training for gardeners
  • Field trips to the farm by hundreds of local 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

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Grow Food Northampton believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food, and that we need to protect our farmland.

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