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Land for Lease in Northampton, MA - Grow Food Northampton

Attention: Sustainable Farmers and Farm Education Programs

Up to 110 acres of prime farmland may soon be available for lease in Northampton, MA. Interested farmers please apply.

Our emerging non-profit organization, Grow Food Northampton (www.growfoodnorthampton.com) will undertake a fundraising campaign to purchase the Bean/Allard farmland in Florence, MA in order to create a community farm. Provided the Trust for Public Land is able to preserve this land under APR this fall, selects Grow Food Northampton as the buyer for the APR land, and that we meet our fundraising goals to buy the land by spring 2011, Grow Food Northampton seeks to lease the land in spring 2011 to farmers and/or farm programs that share our vision of sustainable community farming. Leases will be long-term, and will enable farmers to own their farm infrastructure, including in some cases a farmhouse. Farmers will own and independently operate their businesses.

Our vision for the land includes:

· Sustainable, diversified agriculture using organic practices

· Food growing for local markets and/or CSA members

· Educational opportunities such as farmer mentoring, farm camps, community workshops, or school programs

· Community engagement such as harvest celebrations, crop mob work-days, contributions to our local food banks, etc.

We are seeking the right farmers to join our project. Farmers may apply to lease any part of the total acreage and will demonstrate extensive experience in sustainable farming or farm education, alignment with Grow Food Northampton's goals, and a viable business plan. Proposals will be accepted June 3-July 18, 2010. To request an application, please contact Lilly Lombard, 413-584-0081, jollypair@comcast.net

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