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May with Mill City Grows

Growing for Lowell!

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Mill City Grows - Urban Community Farm Launch!

We are growing a sustainable Lowell!

We are excited to announce that Mill City Grows launched Lowell's first Pop-Up Urban Farm at Mill No. 5 on Middlesex last week!  Read below to learn more about the Urban Farm, our new community gardens, and upcoming events and workshops.

Happy Growing!
Lydia & Francey



The Pop-Up Urban Community Farm - created in partnership with Mill No. 5!


The Urban Community Farm has Launched!!

Mill City Grows is launching the city of Lowell’s first Urban Farm at Mill No. 5 on Middlesex Street!

The Pop-Up Urban Community Farm will be an educational food production site, home to regular classes and special events for city residents interested in urban farming. Volunteers are welcome to participate in all phases of food production during regular volunteer days.
All vegetables grown will be sold at our stand at the Lowell Farmers Market, as well as at Mill City Grows’ own Pilot Mobile Market, visiting neighborhoods across Lowell this summer.  Additionally, Mill City Grows will partner with organizations and restaurants that share a passion for healthy, fresh food to provide quality produce to their customers, including Mill No. 5's very own Farm-to-Table Cafe which opens in late July!

The space for the Pop-Up Urban Farm is owned by Mill No. 5, who has generously partnered up with Mill City Grows to transform the lot into an innovative urban food production site!
Mill City Grows received a $5,000 prize earlier this year from the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, which will support infrastructure and programming at the Urban Community Farm.  Read more about our Time in the Sandbox in this Merrimack Vally Magazine article.

For more information on the Urban Community Farm visit our website or email [email protected] and for more information on Mill No. 5 visit their website!



Sowing the Seeds of Community - Garden Build Day!

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who came out to help build Mill City Grows' two new Community Gardens on Smith Street and West Third Street, as well as the Coalition for a Better Acre's Whiting Street Garden and the Lowell Alliance for Families and Neighborhoods' Franklin Court Garden!  This day was an amazing show of the work that can get done when a group of dedicated citizens comes together to create change!  Click Here for more information on our Community Garden Program and to see a great article the Lowell Sun wrote about the gardens click here.


Upcoming Events and Workshops:

Saturday, June 8th 10am - 12pm: Gardener Training Program - Organic Pest and Disease Management in the Garden!  Location: Urban Community Farm at 230 Middlesex Street. 

Monday, July 1st 5:30 - 7:30pm: Farm to Cocktail - Mill City Grows' Fundraiser! Location: Fuse Bistro, 45 Palmer Street.

Thursday, July 11th 6 - 9pm: Mill City Grows' Stories Exhibit: Photographs by Meghan Moore and video by Lowell Telecommunications! Location: LTC, 246 Market St.


The School Community came out and built this amazing garden with us!


Mill City Grows' first School Garden Installed!

The Wang and Pawtucektville Memorial Schools teamed up with Mill City Grows, the Pawtucketville Citizens Council, and Lowell Recycling to launch a School Garden!  Thanks to all of the volunteers, the school community & Garden Coordinator Institute Graduates for helping to build an amazing School Garden in only 1 day!  Special thanks to the Toxic Use Reduction Institute for generously funding the project which will teach the school community about reducing toxins in our environment through organic gardening.  For more information on our School Garden Program please visit our website.


Join us for our Pilot Mobile Market this season!!

Saturday, July 13th - Rotary Community Garden (9am - 12noon) & Franklin Court Garden (1pm - 4pm)
Saturday, August 24th- Smith Street (9am - 12noon) & West Third Community Garden (1pm - 4pm)
Saturday, September 14th- Rotary Community Garden (9am - 12noon) & Whiting Street Garden (1pm - 4pm)
Saturday, October 19th- Smith Street (9am - 12noon) & West Third Community Garden (1pm - 4pm)

For more information visit out website!

April with Mill City Grows

Growing in Lowell!  Bringing urban food production to the Mill City!

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Mill City Grows Next Event!

Join us on April 27th to build FOUR Community Gardens in Lowell! Check out our schedule of upcoming Gardener Training Program workshops HERE!

A Special Thank You!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our Annual Appeal Supporters! You helped us close our funding gap in 2012!  Thank you for growing with us!

Mill City Grows Wishlist!

-- Laminator
- Garden books and magazines
- Gardening Tools: rakes, shovels, hoes, hoses, etc.
- Hand Tools: trowels, etc.
- 5-10 Gal. Rubbermaid Bins, Buckets
- Drills, Hammers, Circular Saw
- Pruning Sheers, Loppers, Clippers, Scissors
- Lawn Mowers
- Weed Wackers
- Wheelbarrows
- Untreated Lumber
- Land (for growing!)
- Grant Writers
- Graphic Designers
- Videographers
If you are interested in donating any of these items please contact Lydia: [email protected]

April with Mill City Grows...

April is proving to be a very busy month! Our first Gardener Training Program workshop is on April 13th, we will be building our first school garden on April 20th as well as two new community gardens on April 27th!  There are many ways you can get involved with growing this year, checkout our newsletter and find out how!
Happy Spring!!
Francey & Lydia

Sowing the Seeds of Community!

Sowing the Seeds of Community!

Join us on April 27th to BUILD FOUR community gardens in Lowell!

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 9am-12pm or 1-4pm with BBQ after!
WHO: EVERYONE is welcome!
WHAT: Please come help build FOUR Community Gardens in Lowell!!!!
WHERE: Five different sites, please sign-up for desired site.

Sign-up Here!!  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Volunteer with us!

We have many volunteer opportunities here at Mill City Grows some that keep you clean and some where you can get your hands in the dirt!  If you are interested in volunteering with us please check out our volunteer opportunities on our website.  Email Lydia- [email protected] for more information.

Urban Gardening 101

Join us  for Urban Gardening 101!  Saturday, April 13, 10am-12pm at Rotary Club Park Community Garden.  This workshop will teach you how to safely grow food in the city and will get you ready for a successful gardening season!  $10 for general public and Free for Mill City Grows Community Gardeners  Please register with Francey- [email protected]
We have a series of gardening workshops this summer, check them out here!

Scoring Seeds at the Seed Swap!

West Meadow Campus School Garden!

Mill City Grows has partnered up with the Wang and Pawtucketville Memorial Schools and the Pawtucketville Citizen's Council to install our first School Garden!  We are building the garden with the school community on April 20th from 9am-4pm!  We are looking for supply donations and helping hands!  For more information please email Francey- [email protected]

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