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The Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden is comprised of 290 plots available for lease to community members who want to get their hands dirty, enjoy nature and the company of fellow gardeners, and grow their own food organically!

The Garden is organized into “neighborhood blocks” each with its own communal space (with picnic table and fruit trees) and in order to foster community within the site.

Gardeners receive numerous benefits including:

  • A 20 X 20 foot plot, or a 20 X 10 foot half plot
  • Access to prime soil and City water
  • Shared tools, wheelbarrows, and watering cans
  • Low-cost access to finished compost and other resources such as seedlings and straw
  • Free wood chip mulch
  • Detailed Gardener’s Guide (also in Spanish) describing our resources, rules, and practices
  • Regular Garden Bulletin emails with updates, community service opportunities, rainfall information, and upcoming events in English and Spanish
  • Membership in an email-based community to share information with other gardeners
  • Access to online Gardener Resources
  • Support from skilled staff and interns

Gardeners contribute three hours of community service per plot. This helps the garden function as a vibrant community resource.

2016 photo - click & spin for 360 degree view

Creating the Garden

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Planning of the Garden began in 2011, with design by the Regenerative Design Group in Greenfield, MA. The heart of the 17-acre parcel in Florence, MA is the 7-acre Community Garden. The Garden opened during the summer of 2012 to its first group of Pioneer Gardeners. Support from the City of Northampton enabled the creation of basic infrastructure such as water lines, a tool shed, a composting outhouse, picnic tables, and a hedgerow along Meadow Street. Grow Food Northampton also provides affordable access to compost and mulch.

Permaculture principles are reflected in the Garden’s 700-foot edible hedgerow along Meadow St. The hedgerow provides food and shelter for wildlife (including a staggered flowering plants to support pollinators), snacks for people, and a much-needed wind-block and visual barrier between the garden and sports fields across Meadow Street.

Originally called the Florence Organic Community Garden, or FOG, the name was changed in 2014 to more accurately identify the Garden as a program of Grow Food Northampton.

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