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Clem clay2015masccc

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Presentation at the 5th Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and 4th Sustainable Campuses Conference

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Clem clay2015masccc

  1. 1. Clem Clay, Executive Director
  2. 2. The vision requires addressing: • Farmland protection & conversion • Farmland transfer & tenure • Farm viability What can be done on the ground at the community level to meet these needs in a sustained way? New England Food Vision
  3. 3. Mission To promote food security by advancing sustainable agriculture in the Northampton, Massachusetts area. How? Provide Access to Food, Land, and Knowledge For Whom? Farmers, Gardeners, Consumers of all incomes, Children What? Community Farm, Community Garden, Food Subsidies and Donations, Field Trips What is Grow Food Northampton?
  4. 4. Trust for Public Land agreed to purchase both farms and sell:  Farmland (121 acres)  $1,035,000 APR (90% MDAR/FRPP, 10% CPA)  $600K raised by Grow Food Northampton  Recreation Land (24 acres)  $560,000 City-owned rec land (CPA/PARC Grant)  Mill River Greenway (35 acres)  $235,500 (CPA) $2.4 million project to protect 180 acres
  5. 5. What is a Community Farm? A community farm actively engages community members in the farm and, in addition to food, provides benefits such as agricultural education, community building & celebration, environmental stewardship, and local food security.
  6. 6. Anchor Farm: Crimson & Clover  Privately owned  99-year ground lease, 90 acres  Improvement equity  Sublease management  Markets  400-share CSA  Farmers’ Markets  Modest wholesale  Public Benefits in Lease  Access/Education  Sustainable Practices  Local Markets  Program Partnerships  SNAP/Senior Shares  Food Donations
  7. 7. Slow Tractor Farm  Grains, Beans, Popcorn  Certified Organic  Lease 13, sublease 40 acres  Own Valley Malt, value-added operation serving New England microbreweries
  8. 8. Sawmill Farm  2.5 acres, 3-year lease  50-share herb CSA  New, Committed Farmer
  9. 9. Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden  275 plots  Low-income/senior discounts  Spanish translation  Compost, tools, education  Giving Garden  Team Model
  10. 10. Farm & Garden Education Programs  Partnership-based  800 students in 2014, aiming for 1,900  Rave reviews from teachers, students
  11. 11. Food Access Programs  40 double-SNAP Shares  40 Senior Shares  Outreach/translation for Spanish- speaking residents (CSA shares, garden)  Low-income/senior garden discounts  Giving Garden growing for soup kitchen  Survival Center donations
  12. 12. Thank You!

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