Double SNAPshares make fresh, local food more accessible
Are you a SNAP (Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program) participant? We help make fresh, local produce more affordable than the supermarket! Grow Food Northampton will pay for half the cost of a weekly farm share at Crimson & Clover Farm for 40 families and a biweekly herb share at Sawmill Farm for 10 families. Crimson & Clover shares can also be paid for with a SNAP EBT card.
Learn more about our Double SNAPshare program
Visit Crimson & Clover’s website or call (413) 570-0337
Visit Sawmill Farm’s website or email email@example.com.
“We wouldn’t have been able to afford this without Grow Food Northampton’s financial support. Thank you!”
“My husband said he ate the healthiest he had ever eaten in his life.”
“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. “
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? This year, in collaboration with the Northampton Senior Center and CISA, GFN will subsidize 40 senior farm shares grown by Crimson & Clover Farm, and delivered by GFN volunteers. Cost to qualifying seniors? Only $10 ($1 per week)!
Applying for a Senior Farmshare
Our 2015 Senior Farm Share season will begin soon. Please view our Northampton Senior Farm Share application 2014 to see whether you might qualify next year.
View our 2014 evaluation survey from most recent senior farmshare participants.
“My doctor is always telling me to eat more fruit and veggies, this was a great way to do it!”
“I do not drive and I live on a fixed income. So being able to participate in such a great program for only $10 and being able to pick up the produce at the Northampton Senior Center was wonderful. I could not have participated in a farm share if I had to drive to the farm or if the cost was not subsidized.”
“I am happy to be part of a movement toward ‘eating local.’ I grew up on a farm (long ago and far away) and this reminded me that fresh, local produce is still available!”
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. Grow Food Northampton coordinates volunteers for all the deliveries. Additionally, the Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden has several plots dedicated to raising produce for this program. Volunteers for the Giving Garden plant, tend and harvest, and deliver produce to the soup kitchen at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
“Grow Food Northampton made the Soup Kitchen of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, the Catholic Community of Northampton spill over with fresh produce this harvest season.”
We subsidize garden plots
Grow Food Northampton provides an 80 percent discount on plot fees to low-income community gardeners, and a 20 percent discount to senior citizens. We also provide a limited amount of free compost to help these gardeners establish fertility, and obtain donated seed that gardeners can use. With our support, it is possible to grow $500 worth of food in a plot for less than $50 spent.
“Being at the garden reduced my stress. The space is healing. I can’t always be surrounded by concrete.”