The Northampton Community Farm (NCF) sits on 121 acres of the former Bean and Allard Farms, land that is now permanently protected as farmland. The largest community farm in Massachusetts, NCF is currently home to Crimson & Clover CSA Farm, Slow Tractor Farm, Sawmill Farm, Mockingbird Farm and the Florence Organic Community Garden.
How GFN came to own this land
Thanks to a collaborative preservation effort of The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the City of Northampton, both the Bean and Allard Farms are forever protected from development. In 2010, TPL purchased both farms, a total of 180 acres for $2.5 million, then sold 60 of these acres to the City of Northampton to establish a recreational complex and a river greenway. Furthermore, The City and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources purchased an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) on the remaining 121 acres of farmland, ensuring that they would be forever farmed.
Citizens stepped up to the opportunity to buy this farmland by forming the non-profit organization, Grow Food Northampton. In six months, Grow Food Northampton raised over $670,000 to buy all 121 acres. On February 25, 2011, Grow Food Northampton purchased the APR farmland from TPL and the Northampton Community Farm was born. Read more details on Grow Food Northampton’s history.
The Farm Parcels
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