Economic Development

Growing Hope contributes to a vibrant community by providing access to an equitable, sustainable, food secure economy. Growing Hope is dedicated to empowering the community through economic development.

Besides providing a forum for local small businesses at our Farmers Markets, we also aim to provide the community with needed items and knowledge. Our Building Blocks workshops educate current and potential vendors in the best practices needed to grow their businesses. Finally, Growing Hope works to create an environment conducive to fostering and supporting local food businesses through our work in policy advocacy, kitchen incubator development, and job and internship training programs. Growing Hope envisions a community with a strong economy that offers room for food entrepreneurs and businesses to grow and develop, making both the community and the people in it healthier.

Building Blocks for Local Food Entrepreneurs 2018

Building Blocks for the Food Entrepreneur is a series of free workshops put on by Growing Hope, with partnership from the MSU Extension Service, the Michigan Small Business Development Center, SCORE – Washtenaw County, the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC, and SPARK East Incubator.

Topics and dates for Building Blocks Fall 2018 coming soon!

List of Shared Kitchen Spaces

Growing Hope supports food businesses and food entrepreneurs find the start-up resources they need. If you’re looking for a commercial or shared kitchen space check out this list of Shared Kitchen Spaces


June 24, 2018
  • Sundays in the Garden at Cultivate
    June 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse 307 N. River St. Ypsilanti, MI 48198
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June 30, 2018
  • Plant Swap
    June 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Cultivate Coffee And Tap House, 307 N River St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, USA
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July 4, 2018
July 14, 2018
  • Drive 4UR Community w/Butman Ford
    July 14, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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July 31, 2018

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