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.

Support Growing Hope today!

Upcoming Events

Mar
4
Wed
9:00 am First Volunteer Day on the Farm @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
First Volunteer Day on the Farm @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
First Volunteer Day on the Farm @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
We have so much to do on our urban farm and garden and volunteers assist us in every step of the way. From helping us sort and plan which seeds we will be using in[...]
Mar
9
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Farmers Market... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Farmers Market... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Farmers Market Vendor 101 @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Gretchen Kopmanis informally started the Czechbox Bakery in 2012. Based on lessons she’s learned, she’ll guide you through the planning stages for starting a successful business including product development, establishing your brand, pricing strategies, record[...]
Mar
16
Mon
6:30 pm Spring Workshops: Season Extensi... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Spring Workshops: Season Extensi... @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spring Workshops: Season Extension 101 @ Robert C. Barnes Sr. Hall
Want to learn the most affordable way to extend your growing season and produce veggies all year round? Alexander Ball, of Old City Acres, will break down the costs of building your own hoophouse as[...]

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...

Sow the Future 2020

Dear Growing Hope Supporter, As we sow seeds inside the hoop house and prepare our garden beds for the winter months ahead, the Growing...