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

Red Bag Program Launched!

Our new Red Bag Fresh Food Program at Jackson Street School is off to a great start! Approximately 30 families…

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Learn Timber Framing (and Build Our Shed)!

  We are excited to partner with Rattlesnake Gutter Timberworks to offer a fantastic opportunity to learn traditional American timber framing technique…

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Giving Grill

Please join us this Thursday 4-6pm at Whole Foods Market in Hadley to eat local food, enjoy good tunes and company,…

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2016 Senior FarmShares Available

The Northampton Senior FarmShare Program offers affordable farm shares to low-income senior citizens of the City of Northampton.  During ten…

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AmeriCorps Position Open

MassLIFT-AmeriCorps position open for the 2016-17 service year Grow Food Northampton is looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator to be shared…

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Valley Gives Day, May 3

Thank YOU for your Valley Gives Day support! Our final tally was $19,208: $10,208 in direct gifts from 210 donors;…

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Tuesday Market Opens April 26

Today is the day! Tuesday Market returns! Signs of Spring are everywhere with the warmer weather taking hold. Our fertile…

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Tuesday Market is our new program!

We are thrilled to announce that Tuesday Market, a vibrant downtown farmers' market that has become a key economic and…

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