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 to medicinal and culinary herbs. A 130-share herb CSA makes Sawmill unique, but farmer Susan Pincus and crew also dry and sell a variety of herbs for tea and offer an Apothecary Share for those wanting small-batch herbal products. Starting in 2015, the farm started offering a half-price farm share for low-income community members, with Grow Food Northampton paying the other half. Sawmill also hosts a series of workshops and an herbal apprenticeship at the farm. In addition to growing over 100 varieties of herbs, Susan also serves on the board of Grow Food Northampton. Through Sawmill’s educational programs and partnerships they aim to strengthen community awareness of medicinal herbs as a component of holistic health and bring the deep wisdom of nature connection into the community one seed at a time.