Grow Food Northampton works toward healthy local food for everyone in our community.
An estimated 1,600 households in Northampton experience food insecurity. Hunger would be a far more pervasive problem without a robust food safety net made up of market-based programs such as SNAP and WIC, as well as food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens providing free groceries and meals. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for these partners to prioritize fresh and local produce.
Our Food Access Northampton program helps bring local food into the food safety net, improving the lives of hundreds of local residents who would otherwise not have access to food this local, this fresh, and this healthy.
We are grateful to the Healthy Food Fund of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for providing lead funding for Food Access Northampton!
Red Bag Family Shares
Families with SNAP benefits or with kids using the Free/Reduced Lunch program in the Northampton public schools can sign up for a 10-week farm share worth $125 and pay just $20! Shares are delivered to Jackson Street School on Thursdays, beginning the first week of school. This means parents can pick up share when they pick up their kids, or older children can walk them home!
Emergency Food Initiatives
Volunteers will help us to grow over 8,000 pounds of veggies and deliver them to local soup kitchens and food pantries! Click for more info on the project and how you can help…
“Being at the garden reduced my stress. The space is healing. I can’t always be surrounded by concrete.”
As a Giving Garden volunteer, I think I got more than I gave: valuable tips and techniques from Carla, answers to my gardening questions, the pleasure of chatting with other gardeners, and the sense that I helped make possible an extraordinary gift to the community.
"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."
The farmers who lease land from us sometimes have surplus produce, and we arrange for volunteers to pick it up and transport it to the Northampton Survival Center.
Discounted Garden Plots
An empowering way to combat food insecurity is to grow some of your own food! However, many people lack the resources to do so. 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