Grow Food Northampton’s mission is to promote food security by advancing sustainable agriculture in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.

In less than one year, Grow Food Northampton moved from a small group of concerned citizens to a vibrant, community-driven non-profit organization. GFN now owns the largest community farm in Massachusetts, located in the geographic heart of Northampton.

Organic Community Gardening and Affordable Farmland

Food Access and Farm Education Programs

Our Goals

  • Increase the supply and accessibility of space for food growing and of locally grown food.
  • Educate the community about sustainable agriculture and help residents gain the skills and resources to grow food organically.
  • Support the development of a vibrant, local, agriculture economy.

Our Beliefs

  • Broad access to high quality, nutritious, locally grown food improves community health and reduces health inequalities.
  • Food security is an elemental long-term investment for our children.
  • A strong, diversified local food economy strengthens our food security and increases our resilience in the face of economic instability, climate change, energy depletion and other possible 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 deserve access to affordable farmland and local markets, and should have the opportunity to build equity in their enterprise.

Recent Posts

Spring Farm & Garden Field Trip Grants Offered

200 Students to visit Northampton Community Farm and Organic Community Garden in June.  Grow Food Northampton will offer five field trips…

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Pollinator Workshop and Planting for Northampton Bee Week

On June 1 at 6pm, at the Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden, come hear about the importance of pollinators and…

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Double SNAPshares Available!

Everyone should have access to healthy, locally grown food. If you are a participant in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance…

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Seed Swap!

Seed Swap! Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 10am-1pm at Smith Vocational High School. Learn about seed saving. Celebrate the magic of seeds. Share seeds saved from…

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Open Sesame Screening

Open Sesame! On February 5, at 7pm, in our office at 245 Main Street #207, we are hosting a screening…

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Meet Clem Clay!

  Grow Food Northampton selects local conservation expert who helped “save the farm” as new director! Clem Clay, who played…

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Gazette: New Executive Director Named

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A new stage of growth: GFN launches an executive transition!

After spending over 5 years founding and directing Grow Food Northampton, first as a community organizer, then as board president,…

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