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Garden Season Kickoff!

Growing Hope is welcoming in the spring season with our first Garden Season Kickoff! The Kickoff is a great way to connect with fellow gardeners, community groups and join Growing Hope’s Growing Gardens membership program.


The Kickoff will host various community groups giving resources and information on things like vegetable gardening, planting gardens for pollinators, and seed starting. The Kickoff will also feature presentations from community gardeners, kids' gardening activities, a seed swap, gardening items from YpsiPlanti, and a workshop on basic vegetable gardening. 

Come Grow With Us, Seed Starting Squad is Open!

Want to start your own seedlings indoors but don't know how? 

There's still space in Seed Starting Squad! Seed Starting Squad is a great way to get more knowledge and experience starting seeds indoors, so you save money on plants, and get an early start on the growing season!  It's our first opportunity of the year for Growing Gardens members to access awesome resources & education from Growing Hope!

Here's how it works: as a Growing Gardens member you can apply to be part of our Seed Starting Squad and, Growing Hope will sell or loan you a light stand for seed growing. The light stand will hold four flats for seedlings-- you will grow two flats for us (we provide the flats, soil, and seeds) and have room under the lightstand for two flats for yourself!

When you join Seed Starting Squad, you're joining other households and groups to help Growing Hope grow vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings for distribution this spring to community members, to use on our educational urban demonstration farm, and for sale to raise funds to support our work!

Sign up now and join us on Wednesday, March 11 at 5:30 to pick up your seed trays, light-stands and learn everything you need to know to start growing plants like a champ! 

Sign up for your annual Growing Gardens membership here, and then learn more and  apply to the Seed Starting Squad here! 

Taking The Ford Lake Frozen Leap!

The 7th Annual Ford Lake Frozen Leap was a success and a day of freezing fun for all! Growing Hope would like to give our sincere gratitude to everyone who worked so hard to make that crazy, exciting event happen!

Thanks to the Pakmode team, Lake Shore Apartments, all the generous sponsors, and of course all the amazingly brave and cold-hardy jumpers, as well as everyone who donated! 

GROWING HOPE  |  922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI  48197 | P.O. Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 | Phone: 734-786-8401 |