Gardening at Northampton Housing
As you are aware, a no-visitor order was issued for all Northampton Housing Authority properties due to COVID-19 Pandemic. In accordance with the governor’s Stay-At-Home Advisory, unless you need to leave to acquire essential services, residents are encouraged to stay home. Unfortunately, this includes no gardening all our Northampton Housing Authority properties. If you must leave your unit, wear a mask and gloves if possible. Practice social distancing. Your well-being and the well-being of those around you depend on this.
We understand the importance of gardening and are saddened it is not safe to do so at this time to due the space constraints. necessary sanitation, and oversight required. As soon as we are able to allow gardening again, we will make an announcement to all.
Please see our resources page for informtion about the free produce deliveries that occur at all of our properties if you are in need of any fresh fruit and vegetables.
There are still many ways you can garden at home! Here are some websites with great ideas for the entire family, for an indoor garden or smaller spaces, like your front porch or balcony:
There are still a few plots available we are told from Grow Food Northampton which is more spacious that our garden areas and can accomodate social distancing easier.
You can visit their website at: https://www.growfoodnorthampton.com/garden/garden-registration/
Plots are 20’x20’ full plots or 10’x20’ half plots. Either size costs $36 per year if leased before July 15. Senior Citizens (turning 65 or older this year) pay $28. Low-income gardeners enrolled in the SNAP program pay $10 and receive five buckets of free compost ($15 value). Plots leased after July 15 are half price. There is a $10 non-resident surcharge if you do not live in Northampton, Florence or Leeds.
Please contact Netanya Ortiz or Danielle McColgan on our Contact us Page or call our main number and press the number that corresponds to your property. They will be happy to help you obtain a plot or find answers to any questions you may have.