Double SNAPshares make fresh, local food more accessible
Are you a SNAP (food stamp) recipient? If so, each year, a number of SNAP users are able to apply their benefits toward an abundant farm share at Crimson & Clover Farm. Crimson & Clover has an EBT machine for accepting benefits, and Grow Food Northampton fundraises to double the value of those food stamps. In 2013, GFN provided 26 Double SNAPshares to low-income households! Learn more here about our Double SNAPshare program or by emailing
“Thank you Grow Northampton for lowering my food budget, and a big thanks to all the farmers who offer top quality organic vegetables week after week without the use of pesticides. We are eating much better for much less money and I have truly been blessed to be one of the shareholders. “
- Affordable Farm Share Holder
“My husband said he ate the healthiest he had ever eaten in his life.”
- Affordable Farm Share Holder
We provide low-cost shares to area senior citizens
Are you a low-income senior citizen who wants affordable access to our farm-fresh food? In 2013, in collaboration with CISA and the Northampton Senior Center, GFN subsidized 22 senior farmshares grown by Crimson & Clover Farm, and delivered by GFN volunteers. Please call Michele Dihlman of the Northampton Senior Center (413-587-1226) to obtain a 2014 application. Learn more.
We donate generously to hunger relief agencies
Since 2011, our farmers and gardeners have donated over 20,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Northampton Survival Center and Manna Soup Kitchen. GFN coordinates volunteers for all the deliveries. Additionally, our new Florence Organic Community Garden (FOG) has a dedicated Hunger Relief Plot. FOG volunteers planted, tended and harvested this plot, and delivered its produce to the soup kitchen at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
“The Grow Food Northampton and Florence Organic Garden communities made the Soup Kitchen of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, the Catholic Community of Northampton spill over with fresh produce this harvest season.“
- Joan Gruszkowski, volunteer cook
We subsidize garden plots
Fifteen percent (15%) of garden plots at FOG are held at a very low cost for individuals enrolled in the SNAP program (ie food stamp recipients) . Bring your valid SNAP benefit card to Registration Day. Details here.
“Being at the garden reduced my stress. The space is healing. I can’t always be surrounded by concrete.”
Last year, we provided farm education scholarships for youth and paid for 500 school children to take field trips to the farm.
If your household is low-income, Grow Food Northampton provides financial scholarships for our youth farm education program. To inquire, please contact The Farm Education Collaborative.
“We wouldn’t have been able to afford this without Grow Food Northampton’s financial support. Thank you!”
-Myanna O., mother of four
We are designing an afterschool youth farm program for low-income families in our community.
Grow Food Northampton is working to develop, in collaboration with Families with Power (Familias con Poder), an afterschool program to make youth farm education available for children living at Florence Heights in Northampton.