Franklin Court Community Garden

Open space, neighbors, and fresh vegetables lie at the heart of the Franklin Court Community Garden, created in 2010 in an empty lot in the Acre neighborhood.  Today more than 30 families now grow fresh vegetables and herbs at this community garden, which also serves as a peaceful oasis where neighbors gather to socialize and enjoy a bit of green space in the middle of the city.

Growing and Gathering

The City of Lowell has a strong commitment to sustainable neighborhoods, and for good reason.  Urban gardens like the one on Franklin Court help strengthen neighborhood social networks and combine a natural and “built” environment in a balanced way.

Food, of course, is the focus – freshly grown, cooked, eaten raw, and preserved for later.  In addition to eating what they grow, Franklin Court gardeners donate produce to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.


The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.
— Michael Pollan

Community Teamwork lends a hand

In the spring of 2016, Community Teamwork’s YouthBuild program helped to spruce up the garden for the upcoming growing season. A group of hardworking youth spent several days cleaning up and rebuilding garden beds for the summer.  They also put up new fencing and built a bench so gardeners and neighbors can relax in the shade of a large tree.  Thank you, Community Teamwork, for being there -  we couldn’t have gardened without you!

Gardens make good neighbors - and vice versa

Gardens make good neighbors - and vice versa

You Can Help The Garden Grow!

Franklin Court Community Garden needs regular upkeep and upgrades.  Every year we need to purchase new tools, loam, fertilizer, and seedlings. In 2017, our plans for the garden include building a tool/supply shed, installing new fencing, and expanding and improving our seating and picnic area. To learn about how you can support this urban oasis, please contact Nancy Coan at ncoan@ywcaoflowell.org