Meet Our Team

We are farmers, growers, and healthy food advocates with a passion for our community

Job Opportunities at Mill City Grows

Mill City Grows is currently hiring for the following position based out of our office in Lowell, Massachusetts:

Seasonal, Part-time CSA Delivery Driver

Thursdays & Fridays, weekly or bi-weekly
30-week commitment of up to 10 hours weekly or bi-weekly
Pay rate: $25 / hour

MCG’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivery driver will deliver up to 125 bags of fresh produce directly to CSA members between Thursday and Friday on distribution weeks in Mill City Grows’ refrigerated vehicle. Candidates must have the ability to not only see obstacles, but craft feasible solutions to meet goals; demonstrate a commitment to cultivating community and promoting equity and inclusion; be a great team player and passionate about food justice; possess an interest in sustainability; have a love of learning and a desire to grow professionally and personally.

Our CSA delivery driver will represent Mill City Grows in public and serve as a respected, trusted member of our community.

Executive Staff

Jessica Moore Wilson (she/her)

Jessica Moore Wilson (she/her)

Executive Director

Jessica has worked in non-profit administration and fundraising for over 15 years, with a strong focus on writing and communications. Jessica holds a BA in Communications from UMass Amherst and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She loves gardening with her husband Peter, and is particularly proud of her swiss chard. She is also the loving mom of her daughter River, who’s being raised on local veggies. You can reach Jessica at Jessica[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Enrique Vargas (he/him)

Enrique Vargas (he/him)

Associate Director

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Enrique first came to Lowell in 2001 because of his passion for music, which led him to earn a degree in Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell. His passion for community and social justice led him to join Mill City Grows, first as a member of the Farm and Mobile Market team, then as Gardens Manager, and now as Associate Director.  In his spare time, Enrique loves to collect records and books and talk about soccer and baseball stats and watch professional wrestling. You can reach Enrique at Enrique[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Ali Jacobs (they/them)

Ali Jacobs (they/them)

Director of Special Projects

Originally from Springfield, MA, Ali has been an operation and project manager for over a decade. She started her career in agriculture in New York City where she lived for many years and helped found and develop community gardens, urban farms, and other food justice projects. She comes to Mill City Grows after managing a large organic farm in Western Mass. Ali can be reached at Ali[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Dai Kim (he/him)

Dai Kim (he/him)

Food Access Director

Born in North Carolina, Dai (dye) has called Lowell home for the past 25+ years. His humble beginnings with Mill City Grows started with the management of their Mobile Market Program from 2016-2018. After exploring opportunities in corporate philanthropy and corporate marketing, he rejoined MCG with a new sense of duty. He is bound by the idea that we all have a commitment to community, and believes that advocating for a socially just food system starts with your village, and for him, that’s Lowell. Dai can be reached at Dai[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Courtney McSparron (she/her)

Courtney McSparron (she/her)

Director of Education

Courtney moved to Lowell in 2020 and immediately felt at home. This led her to seek an organization within her new hometown doing social justice and education work. Very happily, Courtney and Mill City Grows met. Courtney served as a tutor, teacher, non-profit vendor, and administrator in public schools. She most recently served as Director of Programs at Bethany Hill Place, a non-profit offering homeless and subsidized housing along with coaching and educational support. She is a passionate believer that learning happens where people feel safe and accepted and knows Mill City Grows is creating those spaces all over Lowell. Courtney enjoys hiking, gardening, walking her dog, cooking vegetarian meals, and reading. Courtney can be reached at Courtney[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Administrative Staff

Solimar Berrios (she/her)

Solimar Berrios (she/her)

Head of Office Operations

As Mill City Grows’ Head of Office Operations, Solimar touches all aspects of programming and administration at MCG headquarters. Though she grew up in Lowell, Solimar spent much of her adult life living, studying, and working in Puerto Rico, where she acquired a wealth of human resource, administration, and office management experience. Solimar has an identical twin sister, is passionate about chocolate, and is mother to two beautiful daughters. You can reach Solimar at Solimar[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Food Access Staff

Maddie Grant (she/her)

Maddie Grant (she/her)

Manager, Urban Farm & Mobile Market

Maddie was raised in New York City and went to Williams College in the Berkshires. At Williams, she studied Geosciences and developed a love for science and environmental education. Following her lifelong passion for growing plants and being outdoors, she has spent her summers working in horticultural gardens on community farms where she was exposed to the exciting work of food justice. Maddie is thrilled to combine her passion for science communication, education, and food justice in her position at Mill City Grows. Maddie can be reached at Maddie[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Matthew Eiland (he/him)

Matthew Eiland (he/him)

Urban Farm Manager

Matt was raised in Sharon, MA, and then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, where he attended Guilford College. After studying Psychology and working in the field of Social Work for two years, he decided to change paths and pursue small-scale farming in Massachusetts. Over time, Matt has developed a real passion for soil ecology and managing the health of our soil while growing vegetables. After working on several farms over the years and running a small market-garden business, he feels that the food justice and communal mission of MCG resonates well with his desire to work more collectively with others. Matt can be reached at Matt[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Brian Mariano (he/him)

Brian Mariano (he/him)

Grower's Aid Manager

“When I wrote my bio as an apprentice at MCG five years ago, the thought that I could be here long enough to need to update it would have shocked me. Five years ago was my first season farming and I did not know if I was cut out for the work, but since then, the journey has been so good! The experiences of doing a busy summer market at Lucy Larcom Park, feeling a thunderstorm approach the Greenhouse along the Merrimack River or shifting the crop rotation at Fowler so we can have larger windows for growing cover crop to improve our soil, make me realize how grateful I am for the last half decade. Learning all the ways time can be measured on a farm has been one of the most exciting lessons I’ve learned recently because it inspires me to imagine what the next years can look like. Strengthening the local food economy, growing food for our community, and caring for the land that provides it are directions for the path ahead, and I am even more grateful to be able do this work here!” – You can reach Brian at Brian[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Anna Marinescu (she/her)

Anna Marinescu (she/her)

Assistant Manager, Urban Farm & Mobile Market

A recent graduate from Clark University, Anna has been a market manager at the Regional Environmental Council (REC) farmers and mobile markets in Worcester for the past two years. Working at various farms in Massachusetts and Oregon deepened Anna’s learning about sustainable agricultural practices, brewing biodynamic plant remedies, and supporting local food systems. Besides tending the farm, you can find her biking around Lowell or exploring the surrounding parks. You can reach Anna at Anna[at]millcitygrows[dot]org. 

Grace McKay (she/her)

Grace McKay (she/her)

Assistant Market Manager

Grace was born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts, and has been farming and gardening in Mass for the past seven years. After beginning her studies in Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass Amherst, Grace began working on a diversified organic veggie farm. Concurrently, she began studying jazz and graduated with a dual degree in Food and Farming and in Music. Grace has experience working with food access organizations and managed a small donation garden at UMass Amherst that centered its work in providing organic vegetables to hunger relief organizations near the college campus. Grace also comes with experience in food service, education, and backyard gardening, and is eager to contribute her passion for food justice to her work at Mill City Grows. Outside of growing food, Grace can be found making music with friends or appreciating a nice cup of tea. Grace can be reached at Grace[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Education Staff

Giuliana Cappucci (she/her)

Giuliana Cappucci (she/her)

Food Is Medicine Manager

Giuliana works with the Lowell community to create access and knowledge around locally grown foods. She began her work with Mill City Grows in 2015 as an after-school educator, served two years as a FoodCorps Team Member, and in 2021 became MCG’s Food Is Medicine Manager. She believes that to suppress the oppressor, communities have to come together to create a way of life where everyone can afford a warm home, nutritious foods, education, and comfort. Food plays a huge role in our physical and mental health as humans – Giuliana wants to connect people who enjoy nutritious food that supports the body and mind, our environment and communities, and even someday, the world. Giuliana can be reached at Giuliana[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Macayla Cote (she/her)

Macayla Cote (she/her)

School Education Manager

Born and raised in Lowell, Macayla is excited to continue to serve her community on the School Education Team. She began her work with Mill City Grows as a high school student in 2016 as their “Youth Food Justice Squad” member where she first learned the art of growing food (she even harvested a carrot for the first time!) Since then, she’s continued her work with Mill City Grows and is so excited to take all that she’s learned over the years working on different farms in and around Lowell, in community kitchens, with community partners, and right to the classroom with students! You can reach Macayla at Macayla[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Maggie Montoya (she/her)

Maggie Montoya (she/her)

CSA Leader

As the staff leader of MCG’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, Maggie searches for ways to educate the people of Lowell about their right to access fresh, healthy foods. Working alongside fellow edcuation team members and the MCG farm team, Maggie assembles CSA bags of fresh produce on a weekly basis. Her passion for social justice leads her to spend most of her time studying the effects of racism within food access. Maggie is currently enrolled at Middlesex Community College pursuing her associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. She hopes to become and English teacher for second language learners. You can reach Mags at mags[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Amelia Horn (she/her)

Amelia Horn (she/her)

School Education Apprentice

Amelia is a Lowell resident, born and raised in the city, who works with the community to give back to those who may need assistance. Amelia believes that food is the one thing keeping everyone together as a team. In her role at MCG, she works with a number of children in the community, educating them on the importance of fruits and vegetables, but also prioritizing how being in a community and a team is beneficial, and important. Other than the interactions she has with other people living in Lowell, Amelia enjoys cooking over baking, her gel nail designs, and just binge watching movies and shows in her bed under her heated blanket. You can reach Amelia at Amelia[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Community Programs Staff

Trang Dong (she/her)

Trang Dong (she/her)

Community Gardens Manager

Born and raised in Vietnam, Trang moved to Lowell in 2021 from New York City, where she received her Graduate Degree in Sustainable Environmental Systems at Pratt Institute. During her time at Pratt, she developed her passion  for urban farming and food justice, and evolved her consciousness of climate change. During her 10 years living in NYC, Trang engaged with diverse neighborhoods throughout the city and was involved with community projects related to sustainable practices,green infrastructure, and food justice. Trang is excited to contribute her passion and experience to write her new chapter with Mill City Grows. Trang can be reached at Trang[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Chaya Sophon (he/him)

Chaya Sophon (he/him)

Community Gardens Assistant Manager

Chaya has a degree in anthropology from the University of New Hampshire, where his volunteering at their organic gardening club fostered his interest in food justice. He has had three AmeriCorps service years/terms as a youth worker/woodworker and visual information assistant with UTEC Lowell and the National Park Service respectively. In addition to believing that healthy food is a way to healthy communities, Chaya enjoys watching horror movies, collecting books, and drawing. You can reach Chaya at Chaya[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Development Staff

Kerri Keeler (she/her)

Kerri Keeler (she/her)

Development Associate

A current resident of Lowell, Kerri’s volunteer work both here in the U.S. and for a children’s home in Honduras sparked a love of working in the nonprofit world.  After years of diverse experience in a corporate career, she is putting her expertise and passion to work for Mill City Grows.  Drawing on her talents in marketing and connecting with donors, along with gardening, beekeeping, and working with children, Kerri is thrilled to give back to her community through MCG. Her hobbies include travel, hiking, gardening, and working on DIY projects in her bungalow home. Kerri can be reached at Kerri[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Suzzanne Cromwell (she/her)

Suzzanne Cromwell (she/her)

Marketing & Publicity Coordinator

Originally from Houston, Texas, Suzzanne’s work experience includes over 20 years at the Boston Museum of Science and 15 years with The Walt Disney Company. She worked 8 years at the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) and was a founding member of Mill City Grows’ Board of Directors before joining the MCG team. An avid foodie and cinephile, Suzzanne co-founded The Lowell Film Collaborative with her movie-loving husband, Brett. You can reach Suzzanne at Suzz[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

Mill City Grows Co-Founders
Francey Slater and Lydia Sisson

Francey Slater

Francey Slater

Co-Founder

Francey is a seasoned educator and gardener who focused on garden education program development; designing, building and coordinating physical gardens; cultivating volunteer participation; and establishing partnerships to leverage resources to support community health and wellness.  

 

Lydia Sisson

Lydia Sisson

Co-Founder

Lydia is an experienced commercial farmer and small business owner, and holds a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development of Regions. Before starting Mill City Grows, Lydia ran a CSA farm for 4 years.  

Mill City Grows Board of Directors

President  •  John Wooding

Vice President  •  Emma Campbell

Treasurer  •  Craig Thomas

Sue Andrews

Robert Boley

Tara Hong

Jamie Klufts, MPH

Diego Leonardo

Elizabeth Campbell

Yesenia Maysonet

Jack Moynihan

Vannak Theng

Kelly Will

Jessica Moore-Wilson
Executive Director

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