Monday, January 12, 2015

Registration is now open for Growing Hope's Garden Leadership Training 2015! Are you part of an organization, congregation or neighborhood that would like to learn the basics of starting a community garden? If yes, then Garden Leadership Training is for you!

This year, Growing Hope is focusing outreach to congregations of all faiths, though any interested group is invited to attend. Click here for full details about registering for the training.

The first session, "Planning Your Garden 101" will be Saturday, February 7th from 10am-4pm. This session focuses on garden visioning, goal setting and mapping community assets.

The second session is optional for groups. "Digging Into Your Garden Planning" will be Saturday, March 7th from 10am-4pm. This session focuses on site design, fundraising and identifying roles  and responsibilities.  

Presentations on garden visions will be at Growing Hope's Garden Season Kickoff event on March 28th, 2015.  Contact Erica at, 734-786-8401 for more information.  


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As we begin a new year, we find ourselves grateful for all of our supporters and everyone who has worked with us to better the health of our community!  We really would not have been able to do our work last year without the dedicated support of all of our donors and volunteers. You have helped us make a large and lasting impact on our community.  Here are just some examples of the positive work we have done together in 2014:

  • We continued our public workshops, treating the community to courses in cooking seasonally, traditional native foods, and healthy food.
  • We provided gardening support and resources to over 80 Growing Gardens members.
  • We hosted Garden Leadership training for over 30 people.  The training included a fifteen-hour course to prepare teams to begin or grow their garden project by focusing on project planning, community organizing, and site planning.
  • We gave out nearly 2,500 samples of delicious, healthy food at the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets. Participants learned how to use fresh fruits and vegetables in new ways and took home recipes to help.


In order for us to continue to have the same positive impact in 2015, we really need your support today! You can help us now by donating online, by mail, or in-person. Simply click on any of the 'Donate Now' links or place your check made out to 'Growing Hope' in the mail addressed to Growing Hope, PO Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198


Thank you again for all of your support and for considering a gift that could truly make a difference in the health of our community!  We at Growing Hope wish you a happy and HEALTHY New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

We're so proud of the amazing year that our Farmers Markets in Ypsilanti have had!

Did you know that the Markets had an economic impact of $2.4 million on the Ypsilanti area? Thriving Farmers Markets bring so many good things to our city, and mean so much more than just fresh, local food. However, the food is pretty great too!

For all the good that Farmers Markets do, they are not completely self-sustaining and require donations and community support to keep running. So please donate now if you believe in Healthy People, Places, & Economies! Also, be sure to stop by our last market of the year on Tuesday, December 23 from 3-7pm at ABC Microbrewery (Formerly known as Corner Brewery).  See you there!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

We're delighted to report that we raised just a little under $5000, with the generous support of all our donors and bidders.

Huge Huge Thank You to everyone who participated!



Thursday, December 4, 2014

The auction is going until 8pm TONIGHT, Monday December 8th!

There's still time for you to bid on great gifts for everyone on your list-- including yourself! By bidding in this auction you'll be helping Growing Hope improve lives through gardening & healthy food access, as well as giving the gift of great local goods, services, and memorable experiences your loved ones will cherish! Amazing experiences, practical services, lots of lessons for things you've been meaning to learn, and gift certificates for great goods!
Happy Bidding!

Click this link to access the auction!



















Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Do you believe in the work Growing Hope is doing? Learn more about our Impact here, and please consider a contribution in honor of #givingtuesday! Our goal is to raise $5000 today-- and that is going to come $5, and $25, and $500 at a time-- so your gift, whatever the size, matters. Help us keep the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets going strong, help hundreds of Ypsi kids learn to grow and eat healthy food, employ teens, build gardens with low-income families, train community leaders, advocate for good food policy, and so much more. Your support makes it all possible!

Click here to Donate Now, and give today!

Thanks for Helping Us Grow!


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