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 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.
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.
The Garden is a program of the Northampton Recreation Department and is managed by a Garden Committee of volunteers and maintained completely by gardeners. All are welcome to attend and observe Committee meetings, held monthly and announced on our public Calendar (call 587-1040 to confirm time and place). Those who wish to discuss something with the Committee should contact us in advance to have their item added to the agenda.