Welcome to the Greenfield Community Farm, a project of Just Roots
The Greenfield Community Farm is a diverse vegetable farm and education center started in 2012 by Just Roots. Our mission is to increase access to healthy local food by connecting people, resources, land, and know-how. We are located in the northern part of Greenfield, MA, about 3.5 miles north of the city center. Greenfield is located in Western Massachusetts, at the northern end of the Pioneer Valley, a significant agricultural region with a diverse community of vegetable, fruit, and livestock farms.
2018 marks our sixth growing season. We will grow for our nearly 300-member CSA, the Saturday Greenfield Farmer’s Market, for a small variety of local restaurants and for weekly donations to the Stone Soup Cafe.
This season we will be back at it with a variety of educational workshops, hosted both on and off the farm, for anyone in our community to enjoy! We also love getting YOU out into the fields. We offer weekly drop-in volunteer times, for all to come get dirty with us! We also host school, company and group volunteer days, if you are looking for an educational, inspiring day at the farm!
The Land we farm is owned by the city of Greenfield. The 61 acre property was once the heart of the town’s “poor farm” and for decades since has been growing primarily hay and cow corn. The property consists of two crop fields, a pasture and woodland including a beautiful brook and the nearby Green River.
A bit more history: In 2012, we seeded our fields to cover crops and helped bring our soil back into health. In 2013, we moved our Community Garden to the main section of the farm; on just over an acre we opened over 50 plots for individual gardeners and organizations to grow their own food. We have since expanded to more than 60 plots. We invested in infrastructure, building a propagation greenhouse and a high tunnel. We launched our first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Share Program in 2013. Our CSA was redesigned to bring the benefits of locally grown food to low income residents of Franklin County. We offered 50 shares, paid for by matching member dollars with community dollars; a 60/40 split. Further, we allowed shares to be paid for over time. The program was first made possible through a $10,000 gift from The Franklin Community Co-op, and supported over the years by Baystate Health, Project Bread, Franklin Community Action, United Way of Franklin County, the Salvation Army, Wormtown Trading Company, Big Y, and local individual donors. Since 2013, our CSA has grown to what is now a 200 member CSA, proudly serving 75% low income membership.
We grow over 50 different types of fruit, vegetables and herbs on roughly 7 acres for distribution through local farmers markets, community support agriculture (CSA), and wholesale. Learn more about how we grow and where our food goes including CSA farm shares as well as our local pantries. Come out to the farm for a visit. We look forward to seeing you soon. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.