Mill City Grows is excited to work with a variety of community partners, including Lowell Public Schools, to create and support gardens across the City of Lowell. Launched in 2013, our School Garden Program brings gardening and nutrition education to more than 8,000 students each year through in-school, after school, and out-of-school curricula. These dynamic outdoor classrooms encourage students to work together to seed, nurture, and grow fresh food, and experience the growing cycle from seed to plate. As they grow their gardens, students learn core life skills and values, such as teamwork, compassion, curiosity, and love of learning. After every harvest, students proudly take home the fresh produce they’ve grown themselves, which is always the most exciting part of their school garden experience!
As of 2019, there are 13 gardens growing at the following schools:
- Bartlett Community Partnership School
- Cardinal O’Connell Middle School
- Lincoln Elementary School
- Lowell Career Academy
- Pyne Arts School
- Reilly Elementary School
- Robinson Middle School & McAuliffe Elementary School
- STEM Academy
- Kathryn P. Stoklosa Middle School
- Sullivan Middle School
- Dr. An Wang Middle School
- CW Morey Elementary School
- Shelbie’s Seeds of Promise Community Garden at the Joseph McAvinnue Elementary School
This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do no necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department or Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.