Citizens from Medfield and Littleton, MA spent a day in Northampton this summer touring the Northampton Community Farm to learn how to create a community farm of their own. GFN Director, Lilly Lombard shared lease documents, PR and fundraising material, and answered hours of detailed questions about how to create a non-profit organization that operates a community farm.
Wrote Jennifer Dery (of Littleton, MA) of the experience:
“My visit to Grow Food Northampton could not have come at a better time. Less than a year old, Littleton Community Farm is still seeking land on which to realize our vision. Sometimes our financial and political struggles seem interminable and pointless. But GrowFoodNorthampton came through a similar process, and literally created fields of plenty! Seeing with my own eyes the fertility of their fields, the collaboration of the various farm operators, and the tidy, productive community gardens gave me hope. And receiving encouragement, coaching and mentoring from Lilly Lombard and the generous folks at Grow Food Northampton gives us the tools to bring our own project to fruition. Grow Food Northampton is a rich community asset, not only for the City of Northampton, but also for the larger agricultural communities of Massachusetts and New England. Thank you, GFN!”