The Northampton Community Garden comprises 7 acres at the eastern end of Burts Pit Road, adjacent to the Village Hill subdivision at the old State Hospital grounds, and just off Route 66. Our garden occupies the former kitchen garden area of the Northampton State Hospital. Managed and maintained completely by the community of gardeners under the auspices of the Northampton Parks & Recreation Department, our 420 plots form the Garden’s living patchwork. We strongly encourage organic gardening practices.
Each of 250 gardeners (or team of gardeners) pays a fee for the gardening season and contributes at least 2 hours of service to the maintenance of the garden. The annual fee for a plot is $25, with some discounts available. Plots are roughly 20 x 20 feet; access to water and tools is included in the fee as is access to site-made compost, and wood chips for mulch. Gardeners use their plots to grow both vegetables and flowers.
In March 2021, the City of Northampton issued new COVID regulations regarding masks: effective immediately, masks must be worn in all outdoor public places at all times. This includes gardeners working in their own plots.
Visitors are welcome – walkers as well as bird and butterfly watchers. They are asked to stay on grass paths, to leash their dogs, to refrain from smoking (to avoid infecting tomato plants with Tobacco Mosaic Virus), and to take nothing from the gardens.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only registered gardeners, their co-gardeners, and immediate family members are allowed to be in the garden until further notice.
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