Summer Youth Food Justice Squad (J-Squad) Program

Mill City Grows’ Youth Food Justice Squad (J-Squad) Program is a unique opportunity for Lowell youth who have an interest in learning more about Food Systems, Urban Agriculture, and Food Justice. J-Squad Members learn and work alongside Mill City Grows staff in our Education, Urban Farm, and Mobile Market Programs, as well as participate in Food Justice curriculum and work on an intern-driven service learning project.

Mill City Grows is grateful for the Career Center of Lowell’s partnership in facilitating J-Squad, as well as the following funders whose generous support is invaluable to community garden programming, and partners whose commitment to and support of the food justice movement makes this work possible: DCU for Kids, Greater Lowell Health Alliance, Amelia Peabody Foundation, and Merck Family Fund.


Our transformative Summer Youth Food Justice Squad Program impacts young lives AND our community!

We invite you to view this inspiring video interview segment featuring Macayla Cote, our 2019 Education Coordinator and former Youth Food Justice Squad Program (J-Squad) Alum. Your support of our Youth Food Justice Programs will allow more Lowell youth like Macayla to work together to expand food access in our community!  

This summer, 500 Lowell youth will join Mill City Grows as part of our Youth Food Justice Program. They will dig, plant, harvest, and taste while learning new ways to become leaders in our community. Any amount listed below will help us continue to expand this dynamic program!

$2,500 funds 1 week of J-Squad
$1,000 funds Farm Field Trip for 25 kids
$500 funds 1 week of Farm Fresh Lunches for J-Squad
$250 funds J-Squad excursion to another youth/urban farm
$100 funds Farm Fresh snacks for 25 kids
$50 provides supplies for a J-Squad Service Learning Project
$25 supports an end-of-season youth celebration

All donations are tax-deductible and support food justice education for Lowell youth.