Our citywide network of gardens enable hundreds of residents to grow their own food.
What is a Community Garden?
A community garden is a space where members can come together and grow their own food. These spaces function as outdoor engagement centers that can improve people’s access to fresh food, physical activity, and connections with their neighbors.
Mill City Grows manages community gardens throughout the City of Lowell where gardeners can grow food in their own 4’x10’ plots, participate in free workshops to improve their technical garden skills, and partake in community engagement activities such as potlucks, art in the garden, and recipe exchanges.
Garden membership fees are $20 annually, which includes a 4’x10′ garden bed (with soil), one key to the garden/shed, access to shared tools to be used in the garden, and free registration to all of our Gardener Training Program workshops. Mill City Grows requires that all gardeners:
- Live in the City of Lowell
- Volunteer 6 hours in the garden over the season
- Attend 2 mandatory meetings each season (April/May & November)
If you are interested in having a plot in one of Mill City Grows’ Community Gardens, please complete our online Community Gardener Application. You may contact us with any questions.
Mill City Grows Community Gardens
North Common Community Garden
465 Fletcher Street
Acre Neighborhood | 36 Beds | Completed June 2015
The North Common Community Garden has 36 garden plots, which are currently claimed by Lowell residents and organizations. Each September, Mill City Grows hosts its annual Harvest Festival at North Common, a city-wide public event that brings local growers (including all of MCG’s gardeners), organizations, and businesses together in celebration of Lowell’s local food system. The event gives the public an ideal opportunity to tour North Common Community Garden and meet our growers in person.
North Common Garden
Eagle Park Community Garden
66 Jewett Street
Centralville Neighborhood | 16 Beds | Completed June 2016
Eagle Park Community Garden (a.k.a. Monsignor Keenan Park) is our 6th community garden and was built in the spring of 2016 with the help of over 100 volunteers. This sunny garden has 26 plots that are rented by Lowell residents. Eagle Park Community Garden is an official Mill City Grows Mobile Market stop.
Rotary Club Park Community Garden
22 Richmond Avenue
Back Central Neighborhood | 20 Beds | Completed June 2012
In 2012, Mill City Grows partnered with the City of Lowell and the Back Central Neighborhood Group to build our very first community garden, The Rotary Club Park Community Garden. This very special space has been the hub to many Gardener Training Programs, workshops, and social gatherings, and was the first site of Mill City Grows’ annual Harvest Festival celebration in September 2012.
Rotary Club Park Garden
Smith Street Community Garden
22 Smith Street
Back Central Neighborhood | 42 Beds | Completed June 2013
About the garden: Located in Lowell’s Lower Highlands Neighborhood, the Smith Street Community Garden is our third community garden and was constructed in 2013 with 22 community garden beds. In April of 2014, the site was expanded to include 42 beds, all 4’x10′ in size.
Smith Street Garden
West 3rd Street Community Garden
66 West 3rd Street
Centralville Neighborhood | 18 Beds | Completed June 2013
About the garden: The West Third Street Community Garden is located on the corner of W. 3rd Street and Albion Street. Constructed at the same time as Smith Street Community Garden (our third community garden), the West Third garden has 18 beds, all 4′x10′ size.
66 West 3rd Street Garden
Dane Street Community Garden
6 Dane Street
16 Beds | Completed April 2018
In spring of 2018, Mill City Grows and UMass Lowell’s Office of Sustainability partnered to complete one of our newest community gardens. Dane Street Community Garden is our second community garden in the Acre and consists of 16 community garden plots for Lowell residents.
Dave Street Garden
Hampshire Street Community Garden
2 Hampshire Street
21 Beds | Completed April 2018
Located in Lowell’s Centralville neighborhood, Hampshire Street Community Garden is an expansion of our Eagle Park Community Garden and holds 21 garden plots for Lowell residents. This exciting project was made possible by the support of generous donors who raised more than $15,000 for the garden in June of 2017.
Hampshire Street Garden
Coming Soon! Armory Park Community Garden
46-90 Westford Street
Lower Highlands Neighborhood | Completion date: Summer 2020
Lowell families in the Lower Highlands will now have an opportunity to grow their own fresh produce at Mill City Grows’ 8th Community Garden at Armory Park. Please check this page for updates on this exciting project!