Mission, Vision, and Values

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MISSION
Mill City Grows fosters food justice by improving physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education.

VISION
We envision that Lowell will be known for its innovative approach to food production and food justice where residents are engaged actors in creating a food secure community that promotes the ability to grow, consume, and distribute healthy, locally produced food on land that is seen as a vital resource for the community and is protected for food production.

VALUES
Food – 
We believe that healthy, local, and culturally appropriate food is a necessity and a right for all residents regardless of neighborhood, race/ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
Land – We believe that community engagement, neighborhood health, and environmental justice are strengthened when residents have equal access to land that is preserved for growing food.
Agriculture – We believe that urban agriculture is critical model for food production that can create substantial production of food as well as reduce travel of food to reduce our carbon footprint.
Education – We believe that education is an essential right and source of empowerment and that it does not begin and end in the classroom.
Partnership – We believe that the community of Lowell’s success hinges on our ability to collaborate and partner with residents, organizations, businesses, and government; strengthening our efforts and capacity for a food secure Lowell.
Resourcefulness – We believe in the ability to recognize and capitalize on all local resources, including physical, cultural and social.