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

Seed Swap March 5!

Seed Swap! Saturday, March 5th, 2016, 10am-1pm at Smith Vocational High School. Learn about seed saving. Celebrate the magic of seeds. Share seeds saved from…

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2015 Year-in-Review

Whether opening up plots for new community gardeners, reviving FarmFest, hosting field trips, or expanding our Food Access programs, we…

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Thanks for #GivingTuesday Support!

#GivingTuesday Results $5,528 raised ($4,730 online, $798 offline), plus $5,000 match, for a total of $10,528! 72 online donors, 18 offline…

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Field Trip Updates

In total, 711 elementary school students from 34 classrooms in Northampton, Easthampton, and Holyoke schools visited the farm this fall,…

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Food Access Updates

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundations new Healthy Food Fund has made a 3-year commitment to our Food Access work, as…

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Community Garden Updates

The Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden thrived this year, with 271 plots in production. This included almost 50 new…

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Northampton Community Farm Updates

Crimson & Clover Farm Crimson & Clover Farm wrapped up their 5th successful CSA season, and has expanded their Winter…

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#GivingTuesday 12/1

On December 1, Grow Food Northampton is participating in Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving that helps balance out…

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