MILL CITY GROWS HOSTS FIRST-EVER “HARVEST DAY AT THE FARM” FAMILY CELEBRATION ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
The organization’s Big Urban Farm in Lowell opens to the general public for the first time with family-friendly activities, farm tours, a fall plant sale, and more!
[LOWELL, MA] – Lowell-based food justice non-profit Mill City Grows (MCG) welcomes the general public to their Big Urban Farm in Lowell’s Pawtucketville neighborhood on the first day of fall in New England! All are invited to celebrate the season at a “Harvest Day at the Farm” on Saturday, September 23, from 1-4pm, at 1001 Pawtucket Boulevard.
This free, family-friendly event includes farm tours, opportunities to meet local growers, kids games and activities, wildlife demonstrations, local food, touch-a-tractor, PLUS a Fall Plant Sale presented by Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, the event’s Banner Sponsor. The Mill City Grows Mobile Market will also be on site selling fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies, most of which are grown and harvested at MCG’s Big Urban Farm. “Harvest Day at the Farm” takes place rain or shine, and is free and open to the public. Details are available at MillCityGrows.org, at Facebook.com/millcitygrows, or by calling 978-455-2620.
“We can’t wait to welcome our neighbors to enjoy a day at the farm with us and celebrate nature, the harvest, and food!” said Jessica Wilson, Mill City Grows Executive Director. “There will be so much for people to experience and discover. Thousands of pounds of food is grown here every year and then given right back to the residents of Lowell. This first-ever event is a great opportunity to bring community members to the space to see where and how their fresh food is grown.”
In addition to their Big Urban Farm, Mill City Grows’ Food Access Program provides land, education, and opportunities for Lowell residents to grow fresh food at more than 27 School and Community Gardens across Lowell. Complete details on MCG’s Urban Farm, Community Gardens, and School Gardens Programs can be found at MillCityGrows.org.
MCG’s “Harvest Day at the Farm” is made possible by the generous support of Mill City Grows 2023 Annual Event Sponsors: Bank of America, Nancy L. and Richard K. Donahue Charitable Foundation, Cummings Foundation, Plenus Group, Inc., Symmetri, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Princeton Properties, Verizon, Enterprise Bank, Tufts Medicine/Lowell General Hospital, Eastern Bank, Workers Credit Union.
Additional event sponsors include: UKG, Waste Management, Greater Lowell Health Alliance, Griffin Greenhouse Supply, Nobis Group, Bootstrap Compost, Align Credit Union, Mahoney Oil Company, Gallagher & Cavanaugh LLP, Market Basket, Aberthaw Construction, KJ’s Caffe, Walmart, Middlesex Community College.
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