This is the final day of our 15x15 Donation Matching Challenge! In their generosity, some of our Leadership Circle donors have given $15,000 which they have challenged the community to match by April 15th. We've already raised over $7,500, but we still have a way to go!
Whether through a one time contribution, or a multi-month pledge, your support will provide Growing Hope with the resources to continue making a difference in Ypsilanti and beyond. Please donate today!
Already this year we:
Expanded our programming helping kids grow healthy food and healthy habits - in classrooms and after school in Ypsilanti Community Schools, at Parkridge Community Center, and newly at Paradise Manor public housing community.
Graduated eleven teams from across the region to start or expand community gardens this spring through our Garden Leadership Training.
Are working with over 40 households and schools to help us start veggie seedlings to give away or plant on our urban farm, while teaching them to start seedlings for themselves.
Filled the spots we have available this season partnering with 25 low-income families to build vegetable gardens at their homes this spring, to be completed with our veggie-oil fueled truck!!
Are already signing up vendors for our Ypsilanti Farmers Markets & Wayne Farmers Market!
...and in 2014 we're ready for some new endeavors, including:
Focusing on our financial sustainability in ways that further our mission (what we call social enterprises), including expanding our garden products & services at pop-up retail garden center - YpsiPlanti Garden Supply - open May & June only this year. We're also expanding our consulting, training, and speaking services, sharing our best practices throughout the region.
Planning for a year-round farmers market facility, and other policy and environmental strategies for increasing healthy local food available year-round in Ypsilanti, thanks to a grant from the CDC.
Remember, the challenge runs until April 15, so please donate now!
P.S. Those who can make a leadership gift of at least $500 are invited to our place for a Hoophouse Happy Hour on Thursday, April 17 so we can show our gratitude and have some fun!