A program of Northampton Community College: Celebrating 11 Years
A COMMUNITY SPACE FOR LEARNING,
GROWING AND CREATING
The East 40 experience began as a
place for a community garden space,
a demonstration garden for students,
and has evolved into a learning laboratory for our student "Good Growers" initiative.
With clay harvested from right here on our site, we are one of just a few locations around the world that can take the clay from the ground, create it into a piece, and fire and glaze it all in the same location.
We are currently installing a new $15,000
high fire wood and gas kiln,
thanks to the generosity of the
Weiler Family Foundation.
The dream of the East 40 community – since its inception in September 2010 – is to create and foster a welcoming space for place-based learning.
With the dedication of NCC’s students, faculty and staff, and members of the larger community, East 40 has grown to embrace that dream. With a tranquil setting that includes meadows, gardens, and forest, it not only offers a natural environment but one that offers space to honor hand-crafting and the creative process. Sustainability is a theme that centers all we do, and the study of food plays a vital role in linking together our varied efforts.
The twin concepts of justice and equity provide for a valuable mindset for our participants and partners, and the shared lens by which we process and understand our work.
“The garden is a positive, welcoming place for people of all backgrounds to gather in the pursuit of a common experience," said Kelly Allen, assistant professor of English.
We enjoy collaborating with these organizations, among many others:
As a program of Northampton Community College,
East 40 has always had a focus on both
academic coursework and experiential learning.
Check this section for resources that include
both NCC course opportunities, and
options for experiential learning and self-study.