Growing Hope's Community Outreach touches thousands each year across Washtenaw County and Michigan through our participation at numerous community events and fairs, as well as serving leadership roles in city/state-wide organizations and coalitions. Other local outreach efforts include organizing community input on various urban agriculture issues including urban chickens and food production.
Learn more the ways Growing Hope is engaging the community:
Volunteer Programs: Volunteers support every angle of GH's work, from one-time infusions of large groups to ongoing professional volunteerism on our site planning team.
Ypsi Urban Farmers & Gardeners listserv: Email/google group networking opportunities for people of all backgrounds interested in urban agriculture and producing food in the city, the Ypsi Urban Farmers & Gardeners are a loose gathering of community members interested in growing their own food!
Networks/Coalitions: Growing Hope participates in and takes leadership roles in a variety of local and statewide groups working to share information and advance mutual causes in gardening & nutrition, public health, and other areas. Some of our involvement includes: Michigan Farmers Market Association, Michigan Food Policy Council, Ypsilanti Health Coalition, Ypsilanti Pride Day, the MI School & Community Garden Network, and statewide School Garden Nutrition.
Community Potlucks: On the 2nd Friday of each month, we host a Community Potluck/Sustainability Film Series at the Ypsilanti District Library to cultivate a local community surrounding food and gardening. We partner with the Ypsilanti Food Co-op, the Ypsilanti District Library and Transition Ypsi to share films from the Sustainability Film Series! Check out calendar for more details!
Growing Hope Center Tour: An ongoing monthly opportuity tour of the Growing Hope Center and its hoophouse given by Program Director, Danielle Gartner.
Community Presentations: Growing Hope also participates in numerous local fairs and events, presenting at conferences, working with college student projects, and maintaining a strong overall presence in the community. These general outreach opportunities help us spread the word about our mission.