2018 TerraCorps MLK Day of Service in Lowell

by Camille Duquet served as Regional Conservation Coordinator at TerraCorps 2017-2018

As the Regional Conservation Coordinator for TerraCorps, I was in charge of planning a service day event for the Martin Luther King National Day of Service. This year, TerraCorps spent the day in Lowell MA serving for two organizations: Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust and Mill City Grows. A handful of members spent the morning in the Spalding House of Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust doing some light upkeep and organizing, while a majority of members spent the day outdoors on Mill City Grows’ operated urban farm, also one of TerraCorps service site.

While there, members helped to clear the “back 40” of dense brush and weeds, so that the space could be used for more sustainable agriculture in the future. Despite the cold weather, members stayed warm by cutting, hauling, sweeping, and raking the entirety of the back 40! It was a great day of service where members from across the state could come together and provide long term benefit to the Lowell community  by creating more space where fresh produce can be grown. I was especially thrilled to be able to plan this large event to gather our whole program together, while creating partnerships and relationships with both organizations!