We’re lucky to live in an area with a growing number of vibrant community-owned farms. Each one is different, but their activities often include farmland preservation and affordable land access, farm business incubation or farmer training, community engagement with agriculture and community garden space.
Grow Food Northampton
Home to several farms, micro-farms, and the Florence Community Gardens.
Just Roots, Greenfield
Manages the Greenfield Community Farm and the Food For All Greenfield Community Gardens. Offers community workshops, in-school programs, and year-round CSA share options featuring vegetables, fruits, pasture-raised meats and their new Just Soup.
North Amherst Community Farm
The home of Simple Gifts Farm CSA and livestock.
Nuestras Raíces, Holyoke
Manages 10 community gardens throughout Holyoke, and a large farm parcel with micro-farm plots.
New Lands Farm, West Springfield
A farmer collective & CSA.
Abundance Farm, Northampton
A Jewish food justice farm and outdoor classroom located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Abundance Farm is a unique collaboration between Congregation B’nai Israel, the Northampton Survival Center, and Lander-Grinspoon Academy to support local food security and to create a unique, outdoor learning environment. Abundance Farm is a beautiful urban oasis where people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds are drawn for nourishment, community, and learning.
College & University Farms
Many institutions of higher education also operate farms or gardens for research and training purposes. Their programs have proven to be a valuable training ground, and a number of farm businesses in the Pioneer Valley are operated by graduates of these programs. College farms and gardens in our region vary quite a lot in their structure and staffing; Amherst College, for example, rents land to a farm business that provides some training activities and grows food for the college cafeteria, while Hampshire College’s Farm Center is staffed by the college.
Book & Plow Farm, Amherst College
Sustainable Agriculture and Green Energy Education Center, Greenfield Community College
Hampshire College Farm
Hampshire College Community Gardens
UMass Student Farming Enterprise