Many people in Lowell crave tropical fruits, but they are not easy to grow here. Also, there is a shortage of fruit of all types for people or wildlife. I propose planting fruit trees such as apple, apricot, mulberry, and hardy Meader persimmons in out-of-the-way areas that could benefit all for free. Maybe the canal [Read more…]
Fruit is nutritious and expensive. Low-income people in particular don't get enough because of cost. Growing some locally would help these people as well as pollinators, helping to form a reserve of pollinators for gardens. It would be good for the environment because fruit bought at supermarkets is sprayed and [Read more…]
In the heart of Centralville, at the intersection of Jewett and West 6th street there lies a small park with a basketball court, playground and a thriving green community garden. Monsignor Keenan Park, a.k.a Eagle Park, is a hub for community engagement in Centralville and at almost any hour of the day you might see [Read more…]
Both art and gardening are creative expressions that contribute positively to community spaces and I would like to pair the two at Mill City Grows newest garden. Involving gardeners and community members in the creation process would open up dialogue between the two groups and add some art to the [Read more…]
Lowell has many “ghost signs” on buildings where you can see remnants of a beautiful, painted, historic advertisement. Restoring them probably isn’t feasible in the short term, but we could recreate the sign on a computer and use a projector to throw the image up on the building in its original location at night.
Rent goats to help maintain overgrown lots. Although organizations occasionally do this across Lowell, a DIY Lowell Team would create an educational event out of one in an area where the goats could be watched. There would be tours/talks to teach about the goats. Potentially, the DIY Team could identify other places in the City [Read more…]
In addition to providing food from a community vegetable garden it would provide a community gathering space, provide habitat for wildlife, vegetation for water control, and improve urban air quality, reduce energy consumption, and generally improve the quality of life for residents of the community. This is a system that [Read more…]