About the Center
Just a few blocks from downtown Ypsilanti, at 922 W. Michigan Ave, the Growing Hope Center will become our permanent home! In December 2007, Growing Hope purchased this beautiful site to put down roots for its headquarters and further show its commitment to growing and positive futures in Ypsilanti. The Growing Hope Center will be a demonstration and training site for urban farming, sustainable gardening, and green building, and is a tangible symbol of hope as Ypsilanti moves towards economic and community revitalization in our shifting economy.
- high-intensity urban food production year round
- healthy cooking classes using Center-grown food
- school field trips to pick fruit
- donation garden for people in need
- a “green” space, inside and out
- revitalization in downtown Ypsilanti
...and much more!
The 1.4 acre urban lot includes a 1931 faux-tudor house, garage, and lots and lots of green space! We are renovating the house to be a model green office and classroom space thanks to in-kind support from the Washtenaw Community College Residential Construction Program, developed a vegetable and herb garden, and established a 30 x 96 foot hoophouse for year round food production! We envision that the site will soon be a home for our tool lending library, a colorful community gathering space, an education center (in a later phase) and opportunities for healthy learning and inspiration and hope.
Our site planning team is made up of incredible professionals who have been contributing significant time and expertise over the last three years. Nicole Chardoul, of Resource Recycling Systems Incorporated, serves as the volunteer project manager, and engineer. Amanda Szot is our landscape architect, with much credit also to Brian Pille, our landscape architect for the first two years who is now in Denver (and involved in urban ag there!). Architect Bob Edmonds has developed plans for renovation of the house, and is designing the future education center. Ariel Longtin, Dan Ayres, Matt Coffer, and Zeal Chen are all volunteers on our site planning team. Others, including engineer and landscape architecture student Angie Campbell, traffic engineer Chris Wall from Midwestern Consulting, Rebekah Vanwieren, Recycle Ann Arbor's Jason Bing, Bob Doyle of JJR, U-M's Center for Sustainable System's Geoff Lewis, have participated in our team at different times. THANKS to all of our great volunteers.
How can YOU help? Can you imagine the possibilities of the Growing Hope Center? Right now we need people to help us procure donations of green building materials and skilled volunteers for renovation projects in the house. If you'd like to join our team who is seeking financial support for the Center, please contact Executive Director Amanda Edmonds at 734-786-8401.