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Building community through gardens

Many have the vision of creating a community-involved local and sustainable food supply. In the town of Northampton, Massachusetts, it is actually happening. Read all about their story in Organic Connections, the magazine for Natural Vitality.

Jenna Blumenfeld

April 3, 2012

1 Min Read
Building community through gardens

The backyard vegetable garden is a mainstay in many suburban towns, but what happens when an entire city rallies around the cultivation of a massive community garden? Northampton, Massachusetts—home of Smith College—fundraised $670,000 to acquire a plot of land to solely be used for organic farming. Currently, the town has 121 acres growing organic produce.

In an interview with Organic Connections, Lilly Lombard, executive director of Grow Food Northampton, the nonprofit that spearheaded the project, explains how community gardens can enrich a town. “I think what is really important is the amount of awareness this farm is inspiring in the average citizen,” she says.

“We’re on the front page of today’s paper, and we’re becoming more and more commonplace. Once people engage with our land, they can take what they learn back into their own backyards or to their own community groups. Hopefully it will just have this wonderful domino effect ... This land was never meant to feed everybody—but it’s meant to inspire everybody.”

Read more in Organic Connections.

About the Author(s)

Jenna Blumenfeld


Jenna Blumenfeld lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she reports on the natural products industry, sustainable agriculture, and all things plant based. 

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