Mission, Vision & Impact

Mill City Grows is dedicated to creating a more food secure and sustainable community

Mission & Vision

Mill City Grows fosters food justice by improving physical health, economic independence, and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food, and education.

Our vision is a community that understands how to grow and prepare fresh food to support the long-term health of people and the land. Equitable access to land, knowledge, and fresh, culturally connected food is necessary for positive health outcomes, sustainable food policies, and access to life-giving food for our entire Community.

Strategic Plan Priorities

Food Justice Advocacy. Work in partnership with community members and stakeholders to advocate for policies, practices, and community resources that advance food justice.

Food Access. Improve access to affordable, culturally connected food in Lowell and beyond.

Community Engagement. Ensure relationship-centered engagement with community members with a special focus on historically underserved communities.

Healthy Work Environment. Institute internal practices, policies, and culture that ensures the health, safety, and wellness of staff.

Program Impact  |  Annual Report 2022

Mill City Grows shares our success with our grantors, sponsors, individual donors, volunteers, program partners, and faithful customers. Together, we’ve transformed vacant lots into thriving food production sites, provided nourishing food to thousands of families, and engaged community members of all ages and backgrounds in Lowell’s local food system. Your generosity and passion fuel this work and inspire us to grow — we would not be here without you.  Thank you!

residents grew their own fresh food across 8 community gardens

Lowell public school students have access to a school garden.

pounds of food was grown across all our urban farms and citywide gardens

pounds of food was donated to emergency food and local food access programs

dollars worth of produce was distributed through our mobile market, CSA veggie box, and school food programs

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