Remarkably, the site of Abundance Farm was once the site of Northampton’s “Alms House,” which, from 1800 to the 1950s, served as a refuge for local residents in need of shelter, food and other services.The Northampton Alms House included a 15 acre farm which the Alms House residents operated. This rich history adds so much additional meaning as we reclaim this land as a farm to, once again, serve our community’s local residents in need.
In 2002 Congregation B'nai Israel purchased the roughly 1 acre open lot to the synagogue's east from the City of Northampton. For a decade this land was mowed and left as an open field. Three years ago a few synagogue families with teenage kids had the idea to start a garden on this land. With a lot of hard work and the help of many other community members and friends, these families created a large, beautiful garden with vegetable beds, a cob oven, fire pit and a lovely sitting area. During this time, the garden has become a treasured community space and played host to numerous gatherings, classes, celebrations and potlucks and has been enjoyed by hundreds of kids and adults of all ages. The majority of the food produced on the land has been donated to the Northampton Survival Center next door.
Abundance Farm is a project which builds upon this land's rich history of being an important place for community building and contributing to greater food security for local people in need. We invite you to join us as we forge a new exciting chapter for this little, special piece of land on Prospect Street.
THE NORTHAMPTON ALMS HOUSE ON THE SITE OF ABUNDANCE FARM
THE CBI GARDEN BEING ESTABLISHED IN 2011 BY COMMUNITY PARENTS AND TEENS
NOTHING LIKE HOT BREAD FROM FRESHLY GROUND WHEAT RIGHT OUT OF THE COB OVEN! EMMETT LEADER, "100 BOWLS" POTTER AND GARDEN FOUNDER.