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Grow Food Northampton’s mission is to promote food security by advancing sustainable agriculture in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.

We own a 120-acre community farm that provides access to land and markets for local farmers using sustainable practices and selling to local markets. We also manage a large community garden, the vibrant downtown Tuesday Market, and many programs providing food access to low-income families and educational opportunities for young people.

Organic Community Gardening and Affordable Farmland

The Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden

The Garden provides space, resources and support for over 250 community members to grow their own food organically.

Crimson & Clover Farm

Crimson & Clover Farm is Grow Food Northampton's "anchor" CSA farm, enjoying a 99-year lease on 40 acres for sustainable production of vegetables, fruits, and livestock. Crimson & Clover has…

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Sawmill Herb Farm

In 2013, Sawmill Farm leased 1.5 acres near the Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden and grew greens and herbs. The farm has since expanded to 3.5 acres and shifted its focus exclusively…

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Joe Czajkowski and Lakeside Organics

Joe Czajkowski is a third generation vegetable farmer, and one of the best-known names in Pioneer Valley agriculture. In 2014, Joe subleased the East Field at Northampton Community Farm from…

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Song Sparrow Farm

Song Sparrow Farm began leasing land in 2019, but its proprietor, Diego Irizarry-Gerould, was already part of the family, having managed our Giving Garden in 2017. Diego is leasing half…

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Food Access and Farm Education Programs

Our Goals

  • Increase the supply and accessibility of space for food growing and of locally grown food.
  • Educate the community about sustainable agriculture and help residents gain the skills and resources to grow food organically.
  • Support the development of a vibrant, local, agriculture economy.

Our Beliefs

  • Broad access to high quality, nutritious, locally grown food improves community health and reduces health inequalities.
  • Food security is an elemental long-term investment for our children.
  • A strong, diversified local food economy strengthens our food security and increases our resilience in the face of economic instability, climate change, energy depletion and other possible threats.
  • Independent small-scale farms that directly feed their communities dignify both the farmer and the consumer; farmers with a direct stake in the local market are more reliable, efficient, and accountable; consumers who are intimate with their food chain and their farmers will respect and support them more effectively.
  • Successful agriculture looks to the past and the future: it studies lessons from our farming history, embraces new research into sustainable practices, critically examines current agricultural paradigms, and fosters farm-based and food-based learning in the entire community.
  • Farmers deserve access to affordable farmland and local markets, and should have the opportunity to build equity in their enterprise.

Recent Posts

Community Food Distribution Project Video

Learn all about the Community Food Distribution Project (CFDP) in 3 minutes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=essoSxIwnSQ Enjoy this short documentary about the CFDP,…

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CFDP Volunteer Spotlight: Janet, Whitney, Ari and Diana

The Community Food Distribution Project (CFDP) has been working to provide food and fresh produce to Northampton residents since March…

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Currently Seeking Proposals from Candidates to Help Create our Five-Year Strategic Plan

Grow Food Northampton (GFN) in Northampton, MA seeks an experienced consultant or consulting firm to work with the executive director,…

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Food Access Heroes

We are so grateful for the ways our community has shown up these past 5 months since the pandemic hit.…

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Grow Food Kids: At Home Vol. 4

Even though it's summer, we've continued to put together packets of activities and more for Northampton families to enjoy at…

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Talking about Race: How we’re listening and learning

As a staff and individually, all of us at Grow Food Northampton have been working to educate ourselves about racial…

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💌 Good News Care Package #2

Here's another installment of Good News from us to you. Just a collection of lighter glimpses into our days and…

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Community Food Distribution Project Supplement #4

Each week, when we deliver local produce and groceries to over 300 local households though the Community Food Distribution Project, we…

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