Adopt organic methods at the Florence Fields Recreation Area
  • Petitioning Mayor David Narkewicz

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City of Northampton, MA
Mayor David Narkewicz

Adopt organic methods at the Florence Fields Recreation Area

    1. Petition by

      Grow Food Northampton

The Florence Fields Recreation Area is uniquely situated on the floodplains of the Mill River and at the epicenter of Grow Food Northampton’s 121-acre organic community garden and farm. Organic food production, livestock grazing, beekeeping and habitat restoration immediately surround Florence Fields. Further, Florence Fields will be used by thousands of citizens yearly, including children. Chemical herbicides and pesticides deemed “safe” and legal in one era are too often discovered to be toxic with further study. We feel it is in the best interest of our public and environmental health, our water quality, and our farmers’ livelihood to minimize risk and true cost at this sensitive site by choosing organic methods of land management.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Roundup sprayed, moving forward

      Now that the City has completed its "one-time" application of Roundup on Florence Fields and has publicly committed to researching organic methods of site management going forward, let us please show our strong support for this potential change of practice. Keep spreading this petition so that Mayor Narkewicz can feel supported in this direction change!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Roundup Spraying in progress at Florence Fields

      One of the Florence organic community gardeners, Stephen Mollins, has just reported: "They're spraying roundup on the fields as I type this. Wind gusts was at about 2.6 MPH blowing towards our gardens. I will post video on facebook and/or flicker.

      I decided not to hang around as I could smell and taste it.

      Very upset right now. My food, and the food of a lot of people I care about, is poisoned."

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. 15% there! Please keep sharing our petition for an organic Florence Fields

      We are at 700 petition signatures in favor of an organically managed Florence Fields--about 15% of the way to our goal in a mere 3 1/2 days! Most of the signers are from the City of Northampton and the vast majority are direct stakeholders from the Valley and hill towns. Please keep sharing the petition! Demonstrating broad support for an organic Florence Fields not only stands to benefit the many stakeholders of the Bean/Allard Preservation Project, but could lead to a fresh look at the way the Department of Public Works approaches turf management citywide.

    7. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rosalinda Cummings AMHERST, MA
      • 9 months ago

      Passionate about seeing a shift towards sustainable/alternative agriculture.

    • H. David Raphael CONWAY, MA
      • 9 months ago

      Remember asbestos, they said it was great etc.........!!!!

    • Cisgendered Female CHICOPEE, MA
      • 9 months ago

      I have a plot in the organic community garden across the street. My young dog plays at the garden and downstream in the river nearby. Also I just love and care about Northampton. Northampton is a role model of socially responsible, ecologically friendly behavior for the Northeast. In my opinion, using non-organic methods at Florence Fields is not in keeping with Northampton's long tradition of being at the forefront of holistic social change.

    • Hazel Dawkins GREENFIELD, MA
      • 10 months ago

      Food needs to grow w/out sprays that are toxic.

    • Ananda Lennox LEEDS, MA
      • 10 months ago

      Food and water safety


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