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Grow Food Northampton’s mission is to create a just and resilient local food and farming system that nourishes our community and protects and enriches the earth.

We own and steward the 121-acre Grow Food Northampton Community Farm where we:

  • Lease low-cost farmland to 10 small farms (including four farms owned and operated by farmers of color, including a collective of 20 Somali Bantu refugee families);
  • Run a 320-plot organic Community Garden for over 400 community members, more than 35% of whom receive subsidized plots to grow food for themselves and their families;
  • Operate a Giving Garden that grows thousands of pounds of food annually for donation to local food pantries and community meal sites;
  • Conduct collaborative research projects with academics and others on sustainable and climate resilience-enhancing agricultural practices; and
  • Provide extensive land- and food-based educational programming for children and adults.

Grow Food Northampton also:

  • Conducts free Mobile Farmers Markets that support over 65 local farms by buying their produce and delivering it to community members experiencing food insecurity — while also conducting healthy food knowledge and nutrition programming;
  • Owns and produces vibrant year-round farmers markets that offer over 30 local farms and other food vendors a venue to connect directly with customers;
  • Runs a SNAP Match program to more than double the spending power of SNAP recipients on nutritious local farm products at our farmers markets;¬†and
  • Ensures that all of our food access programming is guided and steered by our Food Access Advisory Committee and Participant-Staffers, individuals with lived experience of food insecurity.

Our Goals

  • Provide access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally relevant local food to all members of our community, no matter their income level;
  • Steward and offer productive, organic farmland to community gardeners and farmers, prioritizing growers from communities marginalized and harmed by the industrialized food system;
  • Mobilize the community to exchange knowledge about gardening, farming, and creating a just food system;
  • Dismantle oppressive systems in our local food system and shift power to community members most affected by food insecurity and a lack of access to farmland to grow food; and
  • Support the development of a vibrant, local, agriculture economy.

    Our Beliefs

    • Creating a robust and just local food system is a public health issue. Broad access to high quality, nutritious, locally grown food, and equitable access to land to grow food, improves community health and reduces health inequities.
    • Food security is a human right and an elemental long-term investment for our children.
    • It is imperative that while meeting the immediate needs of members of our community grappling with food insecurity, we must concurrently build the infrastructure for long-term solutions to food insecurity — we must create a just and robust local food system for all.
    • It is only by shifting power to those with lived experience of food insecurity and a lack of access to land to grow food, and those from communities that have been marginalized, harmed, and oppressed by the mainstream food system past and present, that we can create an equitable and thriving local food and farming system.
    • A strong, diversified local food economy strengthens our food security and increases our resilience in the face of economic and social instability, climate change, energy depletion, and other potential 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, and particularly those from communities marginalized and harmed by the industrialized food system, deserve access to affordable farmland and local markets, and should have the opportunity to build equity in their enterprise.
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