About Growing Hope
Growing Hope is a 16-year-old nonprofit organization rooted in Ypsilanti, Michigan with a mission to foster an equitable and sustainable local food system that empowers all people to grow, buy, sell, prepare, and eat nourishing food. Our culture is rooted in our values: Transformation, Education, Justice & Equity, Placemaking, and Integrity. Our areas of work include Youth & Schools, Farm & Garden, Farmers Markets, and Food Entrepreneurship. All positions work out of the Growing Hope Urban Farm and the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace. 

Organizational Culture and Values
Our culture is rooted in our values: Transformation, Education, Justice & Equity, Placemaking, and Integrity. We commit to upholding inclusive practices and policies while creating space for courageous conversations as a staff and within our community. Instead of simply providing services, we aim to leverage the vast resources already within our community in order to empower and partner with participants and customers. We believe that community members have the ability to make their own decisions about their health and wellness goals and that Growing Hope acts as a resource to increase access and opportunities to meet these goals.

Growing Hope encourages people of color and individuals who possess an in-depth understanding of poverty or economic hardship to apply. We welcome a diverse pool of applicants and make employment decisions on the basis of merit. We do not discriminate potential employees based on race, creed, age, physical ability,  national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status. Accommodations will be made so that the application process and position is made accessible for qualified applicants.

2021 Open Positions

Program Director  Preference given for applicants that apply by May 14, 2021 

The Program Director is responsible for working in partnership with the Executive Director to provide organizational leadership for Growing Hope. This position will oversee and support a culture of high impact food justice programming that is explicitly anti-racist and centers the strengths, assets, and needs of Ypsilanti communities of color and communities facing barriers to accessing fresh, affordable food. Specifically, the Program Director will oversee the strategic direction and grant writing for Growing Hope’s four impact areas: Farm & Garden, Youth & Schools, Farmers Markets, and Food Entrepreneurship. The Program Director will be the primary grant writer for the organization and is responsible for cultivating new grants, building and maintaining relationships with foundations, managing current grant budgets and timelines, and grant reporting. This position will provide support on the organization’s written content including for fundraising and marketing. Additionally, this person will oversee Growing Hope’s anti-racism internal work, partnership development, and support Growing Hope staff professional development and growth. 

2021 Unpaid Internships

Growing Hope is not currently accepting interns.

Upcoming Events

9:00 am Saturday Farmers Market @ Depot Town
Saturday Farmers Market @ Depot Town
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday Farmers Market @ Depot Town
Since 2013, Growing Hope has managed and funded the beloved and historic Depot Town Farmers Market in Ypsilanti on Saturdays.
9:00 am Saturday Volunteer Days @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
Saturday Volunteer Days @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday Volunteer Days @ Growing Hope Urban Farm
We couldn’t do the work that we do without YOU. Get involved with Growing Hope by volunteering at the Growing Hope Urban Farm. Growing Hope fosters an equitable and sustainable local food system where all[...]
5:42 pm Tuesday Farmers Market
Tuesday Farmers Market
May 18 @ 5:42 pm – 6:42 pm
Tuesday Farmers Market
Since 2006, Growing Hope’s downtown Farmers Market has been a source of fresh, affordable food for all income levels.

Sowing Resiliency 2021

This time of year, Growing Hope’s hoop house is filled with trays and trays of bright green vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings. These...

Apply for our Summer Teen Program

Applications are open for the Summer Teen Program! This paid, 20 hour a week position for local teens is based at the Growing Hope Urban...

Join us for Vegetable Gardening 101

Whether you have a spot in your yard for a garden or want to try gardening in pots, take this 4-week course to learn the foundations of...