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Call for Demonstration

Dear Grow Food Northampton Supporter,

We wish to inform you that the City of Northampton is planning to spray Round Up herbicide on the future Florence Fields athletic area, across from our organic community garden and adjacent to Crimson & Clover’s leased farmland, during the period of Thurs Aug 22 to Fri Aug 30. 

We believe the City shares our ultimate vision for athletic fields that are safe for our kids and sensitive to surrounding organic food production and watershed, but feels especially constrained by cost.  We appreciate their finite budgets for creating and maintaining Florence Fields, but we also know that true costs to our health, food safety & water quality are often hidden and passed on to others. We urge the City to make good and fair decisions about land practices, face real costs, and protect our health and natural resources.

To voice your opinion about this matter:

1) Join a peaceful DEMONSTRATION this Tuesday, Aug 20, 4:30-6pm at Florence Fields (corner of Spring and Meadow Streets).  The demonstration will shine light on the upcoming herbicide application and urge the City to use safe, ecologically sound practices at Florence Fields, a site that is both surrounded by organic food production and watershed, and to be used by thousands of children.  All ages are welcome.

2) Contact your elected officials:

Mayor David Narkewicz
(413) 587-1249
mayor@northamptonma.gov

Ward 7 Councilor Gene Tacy
(413) 585-8878
genetacy@comcast.net

At-Large Councilor Bill Dwight
413-262-6710
bdwight@comcast.net

At-Large Councilor Jesse Adams
(413) 586-7500
jadams@northamptonma.gov

All ward councilors

Sincerely,

Lilly Lombard
Executive Director, Grow Food Northampton


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