In 2013, Mill City Grows launched Lowell’s first Urban Farm at 230 Middlesex Street in downtown Lowell thanks to a partnership with Mill No. 5. In 2014, we expanded our Urban Farm to include a 3.5 acre farm site in the Pawtucketville neighborhood that we lease from the City of Lowell. These sites allow us to grow thousands of pounds of produce in the city!
The Urban Farm at Mill No.5 is an educational food production site where we grow veggies and offer gardening workshops and seasonal field trips to local schools and youth groups. Our Big Farm in Pawtucketville is where we host large volunteer groups, student tours, and lots of summer youth programming. All of the vegetables we grow on our farms are distributed in Lowell via our Mobile Market. Additionally, Mill City Grows partners with hunger relief organizations and restaurants that share a passion for healthy, fresh food to provide quality produce to their clients and customers. If you are interested in purchasing vegetables grown at the Urban Farm for your restaurant please email Lydia- lydia[at]millcitygrows[dot]org
Our Urban Farms are home to regular classes and special events for city residents interested in urban farming and gardening. Volunteers are welcome to participate in all phases of food production.
The land on Middlesex Street is provided by Jim Lichoulas III, owner of Mill No. 5.
Mill City Grows participated in the EforAll’s Accelerator Program in 2013 to start the Urban Farm.