Northampton Community Gardens

About the Community Garden

The Community Garden is located on Burts Pit Road, just beyond the old State Hospital. It is under the auspices of the Northampton Parks & Recreation Department and managed by a Garden Committee

  • There are seven acres of land dedicated to Community Garden.
  • The site is improved with a tool shed, fencing, shrub hedges, a composting area and running water.
  • There are about 420 plots measuring 20 feet by 20 feet.
  • Registration for new gardeners is usually held in mid-March.
  • The Garden is managed and maintained completely by gardeners.
  • Each person contributes a minimum of two hours of volunteer help per year.

Returning Gardeners

Registration for returning gardeners is in the mail as of Monday, Jan. 11. Applications are due February 16, 2021.

New Gardener Registration

We are taking a waitlist for garden plots.  Please email us to be placed on it:

  • New Gardener Sign-Up 
    • Date: Saturday, March 20th 
    • Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
    • Location: Outdoors at Northampton Parks & Recreation Department, 100A Bridge Rd. Florence, MA 01062.
      • Enter JFK Middle School main entrance, drive to the right of the school, office is a grey modular building. 
      • Be sure to dress warm, there may be wait time in line.
  • If you are unable to attend the in-person registration you can drop off or mail in the completed form by Monday, March 22nd to the Parks & Rec Dept.
  • Click here for registration from (PDF)
  • Plots are limited this year so new gardeners are encouraged to attend the in-person registration if possible.

Plot Fee

First-year gardeners are limited to a single plot per household. Applicants may live outside Northampton; there is an additional fee.

  • The annual fee for a plot is $25.
  • New Gardeners may sign up for one plot.
  • Gardeners are expected to contribute two hours annually in community service tasks.

Directions to the Park & Rec Office

  • On the grounds of JFK Middle School go through the main entrance.
  • Drive to the right around the side of the school.
  • The Parks and Recreation office will be on the right towards the back of the parking area.

For further information as well as to view photos of the site, please visit the Garden website.


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Northampton Community Gardens sign