Located 30 miles north of Boston, Lowell is the fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The city of Lowell has great historical depth, often considered by many as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Today, Lowell is a dense urban community that experiences poverty rates above national and state averages. The effects of poverty are most evident when examining data from Lowell Public Schools; more than 75% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Like many urban communities where transportation is a factor, the food retail landscape in Lowell is dominated by convenience stores and small bodegas. Lack of access and availability of affordable, high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables limits residents in Lowell’s ability to make healthy and nutritious food choices.

To best support health and wellness of children and families in Lowell, The Lowell 1st Service Platoon has partnered with Mill City Grows to develop food production sites, promote agriculture and community gardening, and offer community health education in local schools. Established in 2012, Mill City Grows is an enterprising non-profit organization based in Lowell, and their focus is, “to foster food justice and improve physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally grown food, and education.” Through this partnership, the Lowell 1st Service Platoon will assist in building additional raised beds for community gardening, build new community and school gardens throughout Lowell at Mill City Grows identified sites, support with food production, harvesting, and community education.

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Recent Events


Marini Farm Corn Maze

with the Lowell 1st Service Platoon

Social Event

Marini Farm - Ipswich, MA

October 13, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

9/11 Remembrance Service Day in Lowell

with the Lowell 1st Service Platoon

Service Project

Mill City Grows - Big Farm - Lowell, MA

September 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Catie's Closet Painting Project at Lincoln Elementary School

with the Lowell 1st Service Platoon

Support Event

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School - Lowell, MA

August 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM