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A program of Northampton Community College: Celebrating 11 Years

A COMMUNITY SPACE FOR LEARNING,
GROWING AND CREATING

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GARDENS

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.

ART EXPERIENCES

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.

POLLINATORS

The East 40 acreage is home to a myriad of pollinators, including several types of bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and
other kinds of insects. 

Our property is a certified as a 
Monarch Waystation, one of over 35,000
such sites through the national
 Monarch Watch.

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ABOUT US

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.

 

OUR PARTNERS
We enjoy collaborating with these organizations, among many others:

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Pasa
Sustainable Agriculture

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Center for Civic &
Community Engagement

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The Center for Global Education
and International Services

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LEARN

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.

 

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CONTACT

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