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

Apr
6
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Commercial Foo... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Commercial Foo... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Commercial Food Business Licensing @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Join Jae Gerhart from Michigan State University’s Product Center to learn all about the licensing required to run a commercial food business in Michigan. Starting with an over of which businesses require what type of[...]
Apr
13
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Cottage Food L... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Cottage Food L... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Cottage Food Law 101 @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
In the state of Michigan, you can make many products at home and legally sell them at a farmers market, such as jams, pies or dried herbs. Understand what you can legally make and sell[...]
Apr
20
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Make More at M... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Make More at M... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Make More at Market @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Join Erika Tebbens, Business Strategist and Coach with over 15 years experience running successful businesses, including a highly-profitable farm, to learn how to sell more at market each week. This class will focus on: improving[...]

COVID-19: Updates for Growing Hope’s Public Events

As we stay informed about growing public concern about the spread of COVID-19 and with recommendations for community organizations from...

Hope Sprouts: Spring 2020

Your support allows Growing Hope to educate and inspire youth of all ages around growing and preparing fresh food. Because of you, we...

We’re Hiring!

We're hiring for a Youth Programs Assistant to help with promoting and scheduling field trips to Growing Hope and prep and facilitate...