OUR STORY

The Growing Hope Story

In 2003, Growing Hope became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on school garden development throughout Ypsilanti. Since then, we have expanded to strengthen and support the local food system throughout the community and beyond. In 2006, we started the downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market and began managing the Depot Town Farmers Market in 2013. In 2008, we established the Growing Hope Center and Urban Farm where people of all ages could learn to grow their own food. The Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace and Growing Hope Incubator Kitchen were completed in 2018 to better support farmers and food entrepreneurs to participate in the local food system.

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Upcoming Events

May
7
Tue
3:00 pm Ypsilanti Farmers Markets Tuesda... @ Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace
Ypsilanti Farmers Markets Tuesda... @ Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm
Ypsilanti Farmers Markets Tuesday Market @ Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace
Growing Hope operates two farmers markets in Ypsilanti: The Ypsilanti Farmers Market- Downtown on Tuesdays from 3-7 at the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace 16 S. Washington and the Ypsilanti Farmers Market- Depot Town on Saturdays from[...]
Nov
18
Mon
6:00 pm Building Blocks for the Local Fo... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall
Building Blocks for the Local Fo... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Building Blocks for the Local Food Entrepreneur: Market Gardening 101 @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall
Growing Hope runs free Building Blocks for the Local Food Entrepreneur workshops focused on finances, licensing, marketing, food safety, and other skills that allow startup businesses or farmers market vendors to grow their businesses. Market[...]
Nov
19
Tue
3:00 pm Dried Flower Wreaths with We Ado... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall
Dried Flower Wreaths with We Ado... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall
Nov 19 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dried Flower Wreaths with We Adore Flowers @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall
Keep a little bit of summer’s color with you through the winter. The talented team from We Adore Flowers will have all of the materials you need to make a dried flower wreath. They will[...]

Hope Sprouts: Fall 2019

In November of 2018, Growing Hope began welcoming applicants to our newly constructed and licensed shared-use kitchen, named the Growing...

A Year in Review

Take a look at Growing Hope's highlights from our 2018 Annual Report. 

We are Cultivate’s Summer Quarterly Partner

Visit Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse this summer, and after purchasing a delicious menu item, your tip is donated to Growing Hope. You...