Food Entrepreneurship

Growing Hope contributes to a vibrant community by providing access to an equitable, sustainable, food secure economy.

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. Growing Hope works to create an environment conducive to fostering and supporting local food businesses through our work in advocacy, our kitchen incubator, and job and internship training programs. Besides providing a forum for local small businesses at our Farmers Markets, we also aim to provide the community with the knowledge and skills to grow their food businesses. Our Building Blocks For the Food Entrepreneur workshops educate new food and existing food businesses on best practices needed to grow their businesses.

Building Blocks for Local Food Entrepreneurs

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

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Growing Hope partnered with 7 Cylinders Studio to produce a short film about our Buildings Blocks programs and the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets. The film features Alex Ball, farmer of Old City Acres who shared his experience in this short video. Check it out!

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