MILL CITY GROWS HOSTS ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE ON SATURDAY, MAY 20, FROM 10AM TO 2PM
Dozens of locally grown plant varieties will be available for sale, including flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruit!
[LOWELL, MA] – Lowell-based non-profit Mill City Grows (MCG) will host its Annual Spring Plant Sale outdoors on Saturday, May 20, from 10am to 2pm, at UMass Lowell’s Rist Urban Agriculture Farm at 91 Pawtucket Street. Free parking is available on site at UMass Lowell’s East Campus Garage. An abundant variety of Lowell-grown seedlings – herbs, vegetables, flowers, and fruit – will be available for purchase at this free, public event. Additionally, guests can purchase fresh, seasonal produce from the Mill City Grows Mobile Market and visit the Bootstrap Compost information table to learn more about composting. Attendees may use cash, debit, and credit, to purchase plants, and SNAP/HIP will be accepted for fruit and vegetable plants. All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit Mill City Grows programs that expand healthy food access and offer educational opportunities for Lowell residents. Event updates are available at MillCityGrows.org, on the Plant Sale Facebook Event, and by calling 978-455-2620.
MCG’s annual plant sale, as well as the Mobile Market, are both integral parts of Mill City Grows’ Food Access Programs. The 2023 Outdoor Mobile Market season launches on Thursday, April 20, 2023. The full Mobile Market schedule is available at MillCityGrows.org.
All the plants available at the event – including tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, melons, squash, kale, broccoli, husk cherries, basil, cilantro, parsley, and pollinator flowers – were seeded and nurtured by Mill City Grows at UMass Lowell’s Rist Urban Agriculture Farm, the location of the plant sale. The 1,800 square foot greenhouse on the farm site was built in 2017 in partnership between UMass Lowell’s Office of Sustainability and Mill City Grows, and operates year-round.
The Mill City Grows Annual Spring Plant Sale is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of MCG’s 2023 Annual Event Sponsors: The Nancy L. and Richard K. Donahue Charitable Foundation, Plenus Group, Inc., Microdesk, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Princeton Properties, Verizon, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Lowell General Hospital, Eastern Bank, Griffin Greenhouse Supply, Bootstrap Compost, Aberthaw Construction, Mahoney Oil Company, Gallagher & Cavanaugh, LLP, Market Basket, Align Credit Union.
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 and Instagram.
Jessica Moore-Wilson, Executive Director