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

We own a 120-acre community farm that provides access to land and markets for local farmers using sustainable practices and selling to local markets. We also manage a large community garden, the vibrant downtown Tuesday Market, and many programs providing food access to low-income families and educational opportunities for young people.

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

2016 Year in Review

2016 was a busy year for us at Grow Food Northampton. We started the Red Bag Program (a new food access…

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Be our AmeriCorps Farmer/Steward!

MassLIFT-AmeriCorps farmer/steward position open for February through July Do you know how to grow vegetables at a small-farm scale? Do you…

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Join us in thanking these organizations!

We are pleased to announce recent support from several foundations and non-profits. Please join us in thanking the following organizations!…

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Organic Community Garden Year in Review

Our Organic Community Garden is now put to bed for the season: the water has been turned off, the watering cans…

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Open House & Office Warming Party

On December 7th, over 70 people gathered in our office to help us celebrate our new space in the Arts…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jasper Kesin

This fall, we started a new food access program called the Red Bag Program, a subsidized farm share for low-income…

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Helping Students Become Local Food Champions

Our education programs are growing! This fall, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) awarded Grow Food Northampton…

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Red Bag Round Up!

This fall, we launched a new food access program called the Red Bag Fresh Food Program: a subsidized farm share…

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