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Announcing the Retirement of Amanda Edmonds

Our Founder & Executive Director, Amanda Maria Edmonds, is retiring at the end of 2017. A Founder’s Fund has been established to honor her legacy and ensure a long and healthy future for Growing Hope under new leadership. Please consider donating!

You can read the board’s statement about her transition and appreciations here: RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

From Growing Hope

A letter from our retiring founder, Amanda Maria Edmonds

Growing Hope's visionary founder, Amanda Maria Edmonds, is retiring at the end of 2017 after 15 years as Executive Director. Her creativity, commitment to change, and leadership have allowed Growing Hope to have an incredible impact on Ypsilanti and the surrounding...

Butman Ford Drive Event!

Take the wheel and make a difference in your community! Growing Hope will receive $20 for every person who test drives a car at Gene Butman Ford between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, May 28. We did this fun fundraiser last year, and it was a great success, so we're so...

Ypsilanti Food Awards

Growing Hope is excited to present a new fundraising event we hope will grow to be a delightful annual tradition: The Ypsilanti Food Awards! It will take place on Saturday April 16th from 5:00-8:00pm at the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace at 16 S. Washington St....

Winter Is Here!

Winter Is Here!

December 21st is the first official day of winter. Bring on freezing temperatures, limited daylight, dry skin, and ice everywhere… One thing is for sure, you probably won’t be spending much time in your garden. Although it feels like warm weather will never come,...

Youth Programs in November

November was a busy month for Youth Programs at Growing Hope! We started afterschool programming at Washtenaw International Middle Academy (WIMA), Ypsilanti Community Middle School, and Adams STEM Elementary School. Our garden based nutrition education classes have...

Volunteer at Growing Hope

In 2015 Growing Hope had over 757 volunteers donate over 5,929 hours of their time to working on our Urban Farm, at our Farmers Markets, Youth Programs, and even on the renovation of the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace! Volunteers are essential to achieving our mission...

In the News

Hope Sprouts: Fall 2018

The Growing Hope Urban Farm is quiet as we head into the winter, and we're looking back on our programs and events from 2018. Take a look at the highlights in our latest newsletter! Hope Sprouts: Fall...

Welcome Cynthia!

Growing Hope is pleased to welcome Cynthia VanRenterghem as its new Executive Director, starting on May 29. Under her leadership, Growing Hope will continue to increase access to healthy food by growing core programs while serving emerging community needs. “Cynthia...

Joy Delivered- the 2017 Home Vegetable Garden Program

Gardening can be intimidating for the first time gardener!  Challenges include knowing when to start planting, how to supplement the soil, and dealing with garden pests. In the spring of 2017, Growing Hope’s Home Vegetable Garden Program partnered with Ypsilanti Meals...

Eagle Scout Project for Growing Hope

Joe Capuano, a local Boy Scout from Troop 290, has been working with the Growing Hope team to complete an Eagle Scout project. Joe became familiar with Growing Hope's work as a volunteer for Youth Volunteer Corps, a summer camp through YMCA that takes teens to...

Growing Hope seeks Development Director

Are you or someone you know interested in being part of our work improving lives and communities? Growing Hope is seeking a Development Director – a relationship-oriented, highly organized, motivated, energetic, and detail-oriented person with fundraising experience....

2016 Buy Local Online Auction is LIVE!

Now is the time to bid on great local services, memorable experiences, and unique gifts to help support Growing Hope this holiday season! Our 2016 Buy Local Online Auction is LIVE now until Monday, December 5, at 8pm and there's truly something for everyone! We’ve got...

Chefs in the Garden 2016

Enjoy great food and drink amidst our blossoming urban farm to benefit Growing Hope! Our signature dinner on the farm series has a stellar line-up this year, and we're so excited to welcome guests for three evenings of fabulous farm-to-table dining. Guests will enjoy...

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News & Press Archive


Ypsilanti Winter Farmers Market to be held at new location” November 7, 2013. MLive by Katrease Stafford

A Trip to Ypsilanti, Michigan: Visit the Farmers Market” August 24, 2013. QVC.

Growing Hope presents ‘Chefs in the Garden’ fundraising dinner series” August 16, 2013. Ypsilanti Courier by Krystal Elliot

Amanda Edmonds on “Issues of the Environment” August 7, 2013. WEMU.

“Saginaw Art Museum’s Arty Soil cultivates new ground with art and plant sale” May 28, 2013. MLive.com by Sue White

Clifford the Big Red Truck Farm: Coming Soon to a School Near You!” May 28, 2013. Food Day Blog by Danielle Gartner

“New season, new location for Wayne farmers market” May 4, 2013. Observer & Eccentric by LeAnne Rogers

“Convenient and local options for healthy food” April 28, 2013. The Washtenaw Voice by Mary Morris-Donaldson

“It’s good to get your hands dirty” April 28, 2013. The Washtenaw Voice by Mary Morris-Donaldson

“Changes coming to Wayne, Westland farmers markets” April 21, 2013. Observer & Eccentric by LeAnne Rogers

Growing Hope to operate Depot Town Farmers’ Market as season kickoff nears” April 18, 2013. annarbor.com by Katrease Stafford

Growing Hope tops $20K fundraising goal for new raised-bed garden program” April 17, 2013. annarbor.com by Katrease Stafford

Healthy Workplace Award Winners” April 5, 2013. Washtenaw County Public Health

How and when we decide to eradicate hunger” April 2, 2013. annarbor.com by Kim Bayer

Growing Hope sets $20K fundraising goal for new raised-bed garden program” March 29, 2013. annarbor.com by Katrease Stafford

Ypsilanti: Growing Hope launches Kickstarter to fund ‘Fueled by Veggies’ raised-bed garden program” March 28, 2013. Ypsilanti Courier by Krystal Elliott

Our Community’s Health: Prescribing Produce” March 13, 2013. Concentrate by Dennis Archambault

Guest Blogger: Amanda Edmonds” January 9, 2013. Concentrate.

Downtown Farmers’ Market grows with use of state food assistance” January 8, 2013. Ypsilanti Courier


Ypsilanti Area Community fund awards… grants” December 16, 2011. Ypsilanti Courier

Growing Hope receives $75,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor” December 5, 2011. annarbor.com by Laura Blodgett

Ailing economy taking a toll on our health, latest county survey shows” November 13, 2011. annarbor.com by Lisa Carolin

School board tackling health issues with Farm to School Collaborative” October 26, 2011. Ypsilanti Courier by Rachelle Marshall

Growing Hope’s Hope’s Harvest set for Sunday” (article notes honoree Linda Mealing). August 27, 2011. Ypsilanti Courier

Have garden, will travel” August 20, 2011. annarbor.com by Jim & Janice Leach

Tour de Fresh showcases locally grown foods” July 20, 2011. Ypsilanti Courier (includes video) by Amy Bell

Students sow seeds of healthy eating with new memorial garden at Dexter High School” May 14, 2011. annarbor.com by Lisa Carolin

“Ypsilanti to Offer Three Weekly Farmers’ Markets this year, with focus on Local Vendors” May 14, 2011. annarbor.com, by Tom Perkins.


Ypsilanti Indoor Farmers’ Market Takes on Holiday Flavor” November 25, 2009. Great Lakes Great Ideas by Donald Schwartz

“Ypsilanti brew pub hosting three more farmers markets” November 16, 2009. Examiner by Donald Schwartz

Kitchen Chick Tonight @ The Healthy Chef Finale (a benefit for Growing Hope)” September 18, 2009. Kitchen Chick.

Growing Hope tours Ypsi” September 16, 2009. Ypsilanti Citizen by Dan DuChene

Metro Detroit Goes Slow And Tastes The Difference” August 6, 2009. Metromode by Nicole Rupersburg

Urban agriculture in action in Ypsilanti” May 13, 2009. Issues of the Environment Radio Show WEMU 98.1. hosted by David Fair

Nonprofit grows revenue and mission through social enterprises” April 29, 2009. Ann Arbor Business Review by Sarah A. Rigg

Growing Hope’s Four Square Society offers to install free gardens” April 26, 2009. The Ann Arbor News by Laurel Firant

Local Food for Thought” February 25, 2009. The Ann Arbor Chronicle by Mary Morgan

“Green thumb itching? Ypsilanti gardening group Growing Hope has seed of an idea” February 10, 2009. The Ann Arbor News by Lynn Monson

Growing Hope nonprofit pushing to change chicken ban in Ypsilanti” February 9, 2009. The Ann Arbor News by Cindy Heflin


“The Fight Against Food Redlining: Improving Access to Healthy Food in Ypsilanti” March – April 2007. Critical Moment, Issue 21 by Jenna Bacalor, Natasha Wilson, and Michelle Glowa

“The key to healthy, affordable food is right in our backyards” November 20, 2007. Ann Arbor News op ed by GH Masters of Social Work intern Melanie Gurba

Buy Locally & Create Jobs“. November 25, 2007. Ann Arbor News op ed by Amanda Edmonds & Richard Murphy

“Food worth traveling for” August 28, 2007. Toledo City Paper by Blake Gillespie


“Current Cooks: An Interview with a local Hope Grower” April 2005. Current Magazine by Charmie Gholson

“Greenhouse takes shape and students are eager to work” April 25, 2005. Ann Arbor News.

“Several Ypsilanti Schools to Receive Greenhouses” 2005, eWashtenaw.org

“Cultivating community: Another Growing Hope garden sprouts at West Middle School” 2005. Ann Arbor News.


“She plants seeds of growth” May 19, 2003. The Ann Arbor News by Katherine Lowrie


Growing Hope brings pop-up gardening store to Ypsilanti” March 29, 2014. MLive by Kelly McLaughlin


Film Series to promote Sustainability Efforts” January 8, 2012. Eastern Echo


“Unseen Scene: Winter in Ypsi,” December 7, 2010. iSPY: The Ypsilanti Area Events and Entertainment Guide, by Dan DuChene.

“Residents Turn Out for Winter Farmers Market,” November 24, 2010. Ypsilanti Courier, by Jason Robinson.

“Downtown Farmer’s Market: A Recap and a Look at the Winter’s Market,” November 5, 2010. iSPY: The Ypsilanti Area Events and Entertainment Guide, by Natalie Berg.

“ThanksGIVING,” November 5, 2010. iSPY: The Ypsilanti Area Events and Entertainment Guide, by Dan DuChene.

“The ‘Grow-It-Yourself’ People,” October 30, 2010. The Communicator: A Student Voice, by Murphy Austin.

“The people at Ypsilanti’s Growing Hope grow on you in a hopeful and friendly way” August 31, 2010. The Huron Beacon by Donald Schwartz

Blog: Amanda Edmonds” August 18, 2010. Concentrate.

Growing Hope greens Ypsilanti, one seed at a time” August 15, 2010. Ann Arbor.com by Tom Perkins

Growing Hope” July 21, 2010, Concrentrate by Keith Jefferies

“Michigan Gets New Food Packaging Laws” July 12, 2010 WDIV Detroit Channel 4

Gov. Jennifer Granholm signs bill into law allowing residents to make foods at home, sell it” July 12, 2010. Ann Arbor.com by Tom Perkins

“Garlic scape time Ypsilanti Downtown Farmers Market” June 19, 2010. The Huron Beacon by Donald Schwartz

“Homemade foods for sale? 2 bills to OK it today” July 12, 2010, Detroit Free Press by Christina Hall

Ypsilanti’s Downtown Farmers Market Opens In New Location” May 5, 2010. WEMU 89.1 by Andrew Cluley

Opening Day of Farmer’s Market is a Sure Sign of Spring” May 2, 2010. YpsiNews by Chrissy Burns

Growing Hope seeking a new home for Ypsilanti Downtown Farmers’ Market” April 8, 2010. Ypsilanti Citizen by Dan DuChene

Underground Eats” April 7, 2010. Concentrate by Amy Whitesall

Growing Hope continues hiring in Ypsilanti” March 31, 2010. Concentrate by Jon Zemke

Seed Starting Squad helps community, teaches skills” March 11, 2010. Ypsilanti Citizen by David Gomez

Growing Hope with Tomato Seeds” February 10, 2010. YaaLife

“Local Markets Provide Alternatives for Low-Income Families” January 21, 2010. The Michigan Review by Eden Stiffman


Mastermind: Amanda Edmonds” October 22, 2008. Concentrate by Amy Whitesall

Growing Hope in Ypsilanti, Michigan” September 24, 2008. Eat Local Food by Joan Tobin Rozelle

“Markets reach out to those in need” August 3, 2008. The Ann Arbor News by Jordan Miller

Community gardens cultivate more than produce” July 10, 2008. The Ann Arbor News by Dave A. Holzman

“Gardens grow a community” July 10, 2008. The Ann Arbor News by Seth Gordon

“Hope Grows In Ypsilanti” Summer 2008. Edible WOW by Alex Harrison.

For Ypsi nonprofit, gardens are an agent of change” April 22, 2008. Green Michigan Magazine from the Ann Arbor News by Jerry Sova

“Growing Hope for the Future” May 2008, Issue #39. The Crazy Wisdom Community Journal by Rachel Pastiva

“A Place to Grow: Growing Hope finds a home near downtown” May 11, 2008. Ann Arbor News by Jordan Miller


“A New Farmers’ Market Sprouts Downtown” 2006. The Ann Arbor News by Seth Gordon

Amanda on Organic Gardening magazine’s Table of Contents. December 2005-January 2006 Organic Gardening magazine.

Buying local in Washtenaw County–Why supporting your neighborhood farmer’s market is more important than you think” September 6, 2006. Issues of the Environment Radio Show WEMU 98.1. hosted by David Fair


“Program Blossoms: Ypsilanti community garden contributes to national effort to feed the hungry” September 11, 2004. The Ann Arbor News By Lisa Klionsky

“A Fresh Green Idea is Taking Root” August 15, 2004. The Ann Arbor News by Anne Rueter


“Growing Fascination” 2002. The Ann Arbor News by Marianne Rzepka

“Students work together to build fourth greenhouse” by Kathleen Conat


April 13, 2019
  • Ypsi Food Awards
    April 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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