Youth Food Justice

Providing kids and teens hands-on experience in urban agriculture and local food systems

Youth Food Justice

Each summer, hundreds of Lowell youth join Mill City Grows as part of our Youth Food Justice Program. They will dig, plant, harvest, and taste while learning new ways to become leaders in our community. Our two Summer Youth Food Justice Programs offer exciting experimental opportunities for young school-aged children as well as teens.

Youth Food Justice Squad (J-Squad) Program

Offered in partnership with the MassHire Lowell Career Center, Mill City Grows’ Youth Food Justice Squad (J-Squad) Program is a unique opportunity for Lowell teens who have an interest in learning more about Food Systems, Urban Agriculture, and Food Justice. J-Squad Members meet daily for six weeks during July and August, and learn and work alongside Mill City Grows staff in our Education, Urban Farm, and Mobile Market Programs. They also participate in the food justice curriculum and work on an intern-driven service-learning project.


Summer Farm Field Trips

Specially designed for children aged 7-12, our Summer Farm Field Trips give young participants an exciting opportunity to visit a working farm and be introduced to the cycle of fresh food from seed to plate, as well as the benefits of enjoying healthy meals and snacks. Each field trip includes a farm scavenger hunt/farm lesson and a farm-fresh snack. Longer field trips will also include a farm project.

Farm Field Trips can accommodate up to 15 persons, and transportation must be provided by participants. We ask that at least one chaperone/staff member per five students be present for the duration of the field trip (including one Mill City Grows staff member).

Please see below for details on our 2019 Field Trip season:

Field Trip Dates:
July 1 – August 1
Days & Times: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9 am-12 pm OR 1-4 pm
Duration of Visit: 1 – 2 hours
Field Trip Fees:
$15/per student for 60-90 minute sessions, and $20 for 2-hour sessions. We are happy to discuss a sliding scale.

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