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Jan 10 / BARD CEP

Grow Food Northampton (Northampton, Massachusetts)

Grow Food Northampton

Northampton, Massachusetts

Website: http://www.growfoodnorthampton.com

Mission Statement

Grow Foods Northampton’s mission is to promote food security by advancing sustainable agriculture in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.

Issue Areas – Action Issues

To increase local food access, we …

  • Steward a sustainable community farm that provides food for the local community.
  • Manage an organic community garden.
  • Facilitate the preservation of farms and prime farmland in our area.
  • Make affordable garden space and nutritious local food more available to disadvantaged populations.
  • Provide new farmers with affordable farmland for lease.
  • Encourage innovative farming and gardening methods among local food growers.

To foster education in sustainable, organic agriculture we …

  • Provide hands-on learning opportunities in sustainable agriculture and facilitate the sharing of information, tools and resources.
  • Establish educational partnerships with local schools, service agencies, and other agricultural organizations.
  • Disseminate broadly up-to-date information & resources regarding local agriculture, and archive & share our “lessons learned”.

To support the creation of a local, vibrant sustainable agriculture economy, we…

  • Assist in the creation and execution of a broadly supported “agricultural vision” for Northampton.
  • Collaborate with agricultural and farm conservation organizations, and food-producers throughout the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts to identify and fill gaps in our current food system.
  • Spotlight the benefits of small-scale, sustainable agriculture over industrial farming.

Student Name and Class Year: Jen Morrow, MS ’12

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If you are interested in getting in touch with this student/alum, please contact Caroline Ramaley, ramaley@bard.edu

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