Urban Farming Goes Medicinal

Red Antler Apothecary is announcing an exciting new project starting this spring: The Apothecary Farm at Mill No. 5. Continuing to be stewards of health, the community and the Earth, the shop will expand into The Urban Farm at Mill No. 5. This will allow the team to expand on their mission of being an herbal medicinal “farmacy”. The Apothecary Farm will produce ingredients for Red Antler and become the community’s center for herbal medicinal education. Red Antler began in 2014 out of the need to produce products free of toxins. They grow many of their own ingredients in an urban environment and they understand the urban aspect of living and growing and the disconnect between the city and the land. The urban lot directly across from Mill No. 5 will be divided with longtime occupants Mill City Grows and will serve as a demonstration site for teaching the community the values of herbal medicine and how to create a medicinal garden of their own. “We take our role (in herbal community health) very seriously and we feel that we have a responsibility to be an educated voice in a large urban community, and to participate in being a catalyst of health equity,” says Rachel. The farm’s location in the heart of Lowell’s downtown business district makes it easy for urbanites, some of whom may have never seen how food is grown, to take an active role in their own wellness. As a professional grower and educator, Francey Slater, co-founder and the previous co-executive director of Mill City Grows, has joined the team at Red Antler to oversee the new farm project. “Her compassion for people and families and her interest in community health and health justice, which comes from the avenue of food justice, is really important for how

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Laszlo Family Farm

When Clarke and Ginger Laszlo bought their farm twenty years ago, they made a commitment to raise rare livestock and heritage seeds to feed their family. Today, sons Sam and Joseph share that commitment of using rare breeds to control bloodlines and create an environment which suits the needs of the animals, instead of forcing them to adapt to undesirable conditions, the way large-scale commercial farms operate. Conventional grocery store meat is incomparable to the quality of meat raised in its natural environment. Talk with any of the humble, soft spoken family members at The Laszlo Family Farm Store at Mill No. 5 in Lowell, MA. or at The Farm Market on Sundays year round farmer’s market, and one would never imagine how much goes on behind the scenes at their farm in Ashby, MA. Spring is fast approaching and the family has been welcoming babies of all kinds, improving fencing, renovating the farm store, and updating their 200 year old house. The farm produces lamb and pork for consumption. The lambing barn is filled with Navajo-Churro lambs, a breed originally from Spain which is still considered rare, even though numbers are increasing. “These sheep with their long staple of protective top coat and soft undercoat are well suited to extremes of climate. Some rams have four fully developed horns, a trait shared by few other breeds of the world. The Navajo-Churro is highly resistant to disease, and although it responds to individual attention, it needs no pampering to survive and prosper… The fact that these sheep still exist today is a testimony to their endurance and endearment.” Gloucestershire Old Spot (GOS) pigs are the source of the family’s pork. Originally bred in Gloucestershire England in the 19th century and currently on the “threatened list, ” they have a

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Dave’s Turn II

By Dave Perry We have our favorites at Vinyl Destination. You do too, right? Of course. We’re talking here about a record, or an artist that sets your receptors firing. Maybe it reaches an old spot in you that nothing has in a while, or

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New Exhibit at Curation 250

Curation 250 is showcasing artwork by Adam O’Day throughout April and May at its gallery on the 5th floor of Mill No. 5. The solo show, entitled The Valley Below, is a collection of cityscapes and interiors painted during quarantine, and the promise of an

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Under the Sun

This Sunday, April 4th The Farm Market goes outdoors for the spring and the summer. The year round farmer’s market moves from the 5th floor of Mill No. 5, downstairs to Middlesex Street, across from The Urban Farm at Mill No. 5. Governor Baker has

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One Urban Tribe

One Urban Tribe has been open on the 4th floor of Mill No. 5 since 2017 with owner, artist and curator, Fox creating a shop that is constantly evolving, as seen by her recent expansion into a larger space. Adding to this growth is the

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Dave’s Turn

At Vinyl Destination, we try to have a little something for almost everyone. We have that new Hold Steady record, yes, and the old ones by Fugazi Grant Green and Wu Tang Clan, but we also have Curtis Mayfield, George Jones, U-Roy and James Taylor.

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Lowell Women’s Week

Turning our attention outside of Mill No. 5, we recently spoke to Resi Polixa, Park Ranger at the Lowell National Historical Park and Lowell Women’s Week Committee member regarding plans for these two organizations when celebrating Women for the month of March. International Women’s Day

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Sutra Studio’s Book Club

If you are looking for a way to connect with other yogis and mindful enthusiasts, or you are just looking for a great memoir to read and discuss within a virtual community, then you may want to take part in Sutra Studio’s Virtual Dharma Book

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Shopping Safely

If you have not been to Mill No. 5 since we re-opened in November then we want to let you know that we have been working hard to make our space as safe as we can during this time of Covid 19. The benefit of

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The Mill Board No. 1

Back in 2018, the Lowell Cultural Council funded The Mill Board, a year-long project in partnership with Curation 250 which brought artists from all over the United States into Mill No. 5 to paint large-scale murals in front of a live audience. The first Mill

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Victory Garden at Mill No. 5

Victory Garden Grows

You may have noticed the recent rebranding of Mill No. 5’s vintage clothing and consignment shop on the 4th floor.  House of Redemption, is now: Victory Garden. A recent restructuring of the shop’s founding creators was the reason for the rebranding and what prompted a

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A Note to Our Community

It’s been a challenging time for all of us, but it appears as though there will be light at the end of this tunnel. We’ve taken this time to rethink how we will emerge from Covid and over the coming months we have decided to

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