Grow Food Northampton delivers educational and food access programs and supports successful farming and gardening at our community farm.

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!

An anonymous donor will match every contribution up to $20,000 now through December 31st, 2013.

Grow Food Northampton relies 100% on community financial support to develop the Northampton Community Farm and share its many benefits - nutritious food, fertile garden plots, and farm education programs - with thousands of diverse citizens.

Thank you for giving generously!

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.

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

FLORENCE ORGANIC COMMUNITY GARDEN

  • We lease hundreds of fertile, affordable garden plots to local citizens
  • We train all our gardeners in organic practices, and hold workshops and community celebrations
  • Our volunteer-run "Hunger Relief" program donates over 1,000 pounds of fresh vegetables annually to our local soup kitchen
  • We promote resource conservation, sending gardeners weekly updates on rainfall and water consumption, 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 20,000 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
  • Scholarships available to low-income households for farm classes and workshops

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