“CHOOSE YOUR BIKE ADVENTURE” WITH MILL CITY GROWS AND TOUR LOWELL’S GROWING SPACES BY BICYCLE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 25, FROM 1PM-3PM
Self-guided bicycle tours start at North Common Community Garden and include bike tune-ups with The Bike Connector
[LOWELL, MA] – Lowell-based non-profit Mill City Grows (MCG) is partnering with The Bike Connector for “Choose Your Own Bike Adventure,” an afternoon of self-guided bicycle tours of Lowell’s gardens, farms, and urban agricultural spaces in commemoration of MCG’s 10th Anniversary. The event takes place from 1pm-3pm and starts at North Common Community Garden, 465 Fletcher Street in Lowell. Attendees are invited to bring their bicycles and visit with volunteers from The Bike Connector who will be on site to help with bicycle tune-ups and bike repair questions. Tour maps featuring bike routes created for different cycling levels will be available, and complimentary snacks will be provided by Golden Girl Granola. Attendees must provide their own bicycles, bring water for hydration, and should wear good-fitting helmets. The event is free and open to the public. Event details are available at MillCityGrows.org and on the Facebook event page. For more information, please contact Enrique Vargas at Enrique@millcitygrows.org or call 978-455-2620.
The self-guided bicycle tours will include stops at the following spaces:
Rist Urban Agriculture Greenhouse & Farm on UMass Lowell’s East Campus
Stoklosa Middle School Garden (560 Broadway Street)
Red Antler Apothecary Herbal Farm at Mill No. 5 (250 Middlesex Street)
Mill City Grows staff and volunteers will be stationed at each urban agricultural tour site to answer questions and share information.
Mill City Grows’ “Choose Your Bike Adventure” is one of 10 signature events in 2022 throughout the City of Lowell commemorating MCG’s 10-Year Anniversary. Mill City Grows started as a single community garden in Lowell’s Rotary Park in the Back Central neighborhood. After a decade of working with residents, businesses, and city officials, MCG now manages 24 school and community gardens, more than five acres of Urban Farm land, and a range of food distribution and food education programs that engage over 15,000 residents per year. Mill City Grows is committed to ensuring that local foods, from our own urban farms and sourced from other regional growers, is accessible to residents of all income levels.
MCG’s 10th Anniversary Celebration is made possible with the generosity of Mill City Grows’ 10th Anniversary Event Sponsors: Bank of America, Nancy L. Donahue, Jim Waldo & Susan Mitchell, Plenus Group, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Microdesk, Verizon Foundation, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, and Enterprise Bank. Additional support is provided by the Mass Cultural Council. MCG is a recipient of the Cummings Foundation $25 Million Grant Program.
About Mill City Grows
For the past 10 years, Mill City Grows (MCG) has worked towards food justice in Lowell, Massachusetts, using the following strategies and programs: education in and out of schools, supporting community leadership through community gardens, increasing urban agriculture through urban farming, implementing a mobile market, and empowering people to produce their own food. MCG infuses food production spaces with food education to support their belief that a community that understands how to grow, access, and prepare healthy food will have better quality of life and deeper investment in their local environment. Visit MillCityGrows.org to learn more, and follow MCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Katherine Davis, Mill City Grows Director of Development