By Francie Lin, GFN Writer-in-Residence I think everyone would rather forget the early pandemic days…
At Grow Food Northampton, we believe that everyone should have access to healthy, locally grown food. Through our SNAP Share, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants can receive a farm share from Crimson & Clover Farm for half the cost! The SNAP Share is a part of Grow Food Northampton’s Food Access Program.
Grow Food Northampton will pay for half of the cost of a small share, and SNAP participants will pay the other half through monthly withdrawals from their SNAP benefits. The share runs for 20 weeks from June through November.
This opportunity is ideal for any SNAP participant who wants to have access to more local, sustainably-grown produce at an affordable price. The share is picked up at the farm stand in Florence anytime Tuesday through Friday from 12-7 or Saturday 9am-2pm.
“I did this because my daughter has lots of allergies and needs fresh produce. it not only helped her but all of us. It also gave us more family time (even when hard) picking out what we wanted to eat. My son loved my eggplant parmesan and fresh potato salad, squash soup. I roasted pumpkin. All thanks to this share”
“The SNAP Share/HIP program allowed my family to enjoy the bounty of local vegetables throughout the summer and into the fall. We had been members of a farm share previously but could no longer afford it without the help of this wonderful program. Not only did my children get to enjoy the benefits of locally grown, chemical-free produce but they also were able to pick their own and see the growing process first hand. Many thanks.”
Learn more HERE about the SNAP Share at Crimson & Clover Farm.
We are also partnering with Sawmill Herb Farm this season to subsidize three fresh herbal CSA shares at half price for low-income individuals or families. Sawmill Herb Farm leases 3.5 acres from Grow Food Northampton and grows over 80 different varieties of medicinal and culinary herbs!
To learn more about the subsidized fresh herb CSA, check out Sawmill Herb Farm.