Mission, Vision & Impact

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


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.

Strategic Vision

Expand food access through building or collaborating to create safe spaces for residents to grow, shop, and cook food together.

Empower our community through engagement in food justice education.

Catalyze advancement of innovative food system models rooted in local values.

Program Impact  |  Annual Report 2019

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 youThank you!

acres of unused vacant land converted to food production spaces

garden beds across Lowell empower hundreds of families to grow their own food

pounds of fresh produce grown on our 4 urban farms and 20 citywide garden sites

Lowell public school students had access to a garden bed and 3,000 participated in farm to school programming

community members engaged in gardening, cooking, and leadership since 2012

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