Monday, March 30, 2015

Gardening season is upon us! Join us on Friday, April 3, from 3-8pm for the start of YpsiPlanti Garden Supply's open business hours. We'll kick off the season with some snacks and music, as well as everything you need to have your best garden yet in 2015! 

As a part of First Fridays Ypsilanti, come on out to enjoy the vocals of Anthony N Emery, an Adrian native, as he strums both banjo and guitar. Old songs, originals, and a good time! He will be performing from 5:30 until 7pm. 

After April 3 YpsiPlanti will be open: Thursdays 3- 8pm, Fridays 3- 8pm, Saturdays 11am-3pm, and Always Open By Appointment! Call (734) 707-7442 to make your appointment. Visit our Facebook page for more info.  

See you at YpsiPlanti! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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. 


Saturday March 28th, 2015 at 1pm-4pm (drop in anytime!),  Grace Fellowship Church, 1301 S. Harris St., Ypsilanti, MI. Free and open to the public! 

Groups attending: 

Ypsilanti Co-op; 
Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti;
Ypsi Melissa;
Local Honey Project;
Farm at St. Joes; 
Ypsi Growers Co-op; 
Cooperative Orchard of Ypsilanti;  
Ypsilanti Downtown Library (seed library);  
Washtenaw Food Policy Council; 
Washtenaw Master Gardener Association;  
Growing Hope;  
Fervent Farms;  
hOur Exchange Ypsilantil;  
Early Bird 
Star Valley Farms 

 Pre-registration is not required, but we'd love to know if you're coming! Register here!

Contact Erica Bloom at or (734) 786.8401 with questions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Love Growing Hope? Take the plunge this Valentine's Day and participate in the frosty fun at the Ford Lake Frozen Leap! The Leap is an annual event at the Lake Shore Apartments in Ypsilanti  that raises money and awareness for local non-profits in an unforgettable way. Over the past 6 years it has raised over $50,000 for local charities! This year Growing Hope is delighted to be one of the recipients of this freezing fundraiser, along with Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars. It's not too late to join a team or start your own!

Even if jumping in a frozen lake isn't on your bucket list, you can still donate here and then join us on February 14 at 10am to cheer on the jumpers! There'll be music, costume contests, hot drinks and more; so come feel the love at FLFL7!

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.  



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