DifferenceMaker: Fresh Beets


Savanah’s Vision for Change through Music and Food

I began my academic journey here at UMass Lowell five years ago with the hopes of affecting positive change in people through music. Fresh Beets is my vehicle to do this.

While Lowell values music, food, and education, as evidenced by various existing initiatives, there is no business, organization, or place where these three values coexist aside from the occasional festival. I believe that these are essential components of the human experience that should not be reserved for special occasions, off limits to children, or part of a subculture of the community exclusive to members only. I believe if quality food, music and education were part of the daily ritual, this already vibrant community could grow even closer together.


By uniting food, music and education, this food truck and music venue, appropriately named Fresh Beets, will turn any street corner, park, festival, or parking lot in Lowell into a total experience which feeds the mind, body, and soul.

The Food
The food truck will sell locally-sourced, fresh, and healthy food that will change with the seasons.

The Music
On the back of the truck there will be a fold-out stage where community musicians will compliment the local flavors with tasty licks of their own.

The Education
Fresh Beets will provide access to music instruction to any child who wishes to learn, regardless of financial restraints. To accomplish this goal, Fresh Beets offers a Time Exchange Economy that students may enter into as a means for earning music lessons without paying monetarily. In exchange for students’ time either working for the food truck, performing music, or working with community farming partners, students receive music instruction on any instrument of their choice.

Support Savanah Marshall ’13, ’14, and her vision to enhance the Greater Lowell community through Fresh Beets. Make your gift today.






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Other ways to give:

Call: 978-934-2216

Mail a check
(payable to UMass Lowell) to:
Office of University Advancement
Wannalancit Business Center
600 Suffolk Street, Suite 160
Lowell, MA 01854

Please include “HH FRESHBEETS” on the memo line.
Your gift, your impact

5 gifts of $40 = $200
(artwork and logo design)

10 gifts of $33 = $330
(permit and license fees)

11 gifts of $20 = $220
(ServSafe Food Manager training)

25 gifts of $50 = $1,250
(down payment on food truck)

Early Publicity for Fresh Beets “This is awesome!!! Can’t wait to start growing for you!” - Lydia Sisson, co-founder Mill City Grows

2014 DifferenceMaker Competition Winner
1st Place in First to Market category


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