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.

Interactive Map: Healthy Food Access Points in Lowell

Our team works closely with program partners, funders, and volunteers to ensure that fresh, healthy food is accessible to everyone in our community. Please explore our interactive map which shows our citywide food access points, including our growing spaces and most recent Mobile Market locations. Together we’re creating a more food sovereign community!

Program Impact  |  Annual Report 2021

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!

Lowell public school students received 161 hours of food & nutrition education

families grew their own fresh food across 8 community gardens

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

volunteer hours were completed by 463 individuals across all Mill City Grows programs

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

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