MILL CITY GROWS HOSTS ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE ON SATURDAY, MAY 21, AT UMASS LOWELL’S RIST URBAN AGRICULTURE FARM
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 will host its Annual Spring Plant Sale outdoors on Saturday, May 21, from 10am to 2pm, at UMass Lowell’s Rist Urban Agriculture Farm at 91 Pawtucket Street. An abundant variety of Lowell-grown plants – herbs, vegetables, flowers, and fruit – will be available for sale at this free, public event presented as part of Mill City Grows’ 10th Anniversary Celebration. The Spring Plant Sale will accept cash, debit, and credit, and SNAP/HIP will be accepted as payment for fruit and vegetable plants. Masking and physical distancing is strongly encouraged. All proceeds from the event will benefit Mill City Grows programs providing food access and education for residents of Lowell. Event details are available at MillCityGrows.org or by calling 978-455-2620.
All the plants available at the sale, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, kale, leafy greens, basil, cilantro, parsley, herbs, and flowers, were seeded and nurtured by Mill City Grows at the Rist Urban Agriculture Farm, the location of the Spring 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.
Mill City Grows’ Spring Plant Sale is one of 10 signature events 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. 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.
For details on Mill City Grows’ Spring Plant Sale, please contact Maddie Grant at Maddie@millcitygrows.org or call 978-455-2620. The Spring Plant Sale and MCG’s 10th Anniversary Celebration is made possible with the generosity of Mill City Grows’ 10th Anniversary Event Sponsors: 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