Mission, Vision & Values
Growing Hope fosters an equitable and sustainable local food system where all people are empowered to grow, sell, buy, prepare, and eat nourishing food.
Ypsilanti is a community where all people–particularly those with barriers due to race, class, culture, language, ability, and mobility–have access to nourishing local food that is culturally appropriate and affordable, can grow and prepare their own harvests, and may earn a living as a food grower, producer, or entrepreneur.
We are inspired every day to do the hard work of transforming food systems and improving the health of our community.
We view education and skill building as tools toward greater opportunity and freedom against systemic racism and other forms of oppression.
We aim to support and create resiliency in people, ecosystems, neighborhoods and communities.
We leverage our resources and privilege to support and ally those most marginalized by the food system to grow leaders in the food justice movement.
We empower people with the support, resources, and knowledge to grow and prepare their own food, and have a role in the emerging local food system.
Through research and learned experiences, we strive to become experts in our field so we may contribute to and access the growing body of knowledge and best practices in our work.
We seek partnerships that leverage each others’ experiences, ways of knowing, and networks so that we may grow and learn from one another.
Justice & Equity
The spaces where we do our work are inclusive of all people; we do not tolerate racism and other forms of oppression in our work or program spaces.
We believe the people in our community have agency when it comes to deciding what they need to live healthier lives.
We commit to examining our own biases and privileges as we develop our policies, partnerships and programs.
We strive to dismantle systems of racism and oppressive power in the food system by ensuring fresh, affordable food is distributed and assessed fairly.
We strive for operational excellence in how we plan and accomplish our work and communicate with partners, supporters, and program participants.
We are accountable for how our work affects the community; we listen to and seek out diverse perspectives for feedback.
We accept funds that support our mission and are transparent to donors and other stakeholders about how our funds are spent.
We celebrate our accomplishments, and hold space for honest reflection and feedback on challenges and lessons learned so we may improve for next time.
Our work to support and enhance gardens, local farms, and farmers markets is central to who we are.
We bring joy and beauty to our community by creating opportunities for sharing and celebrating food.
We commit to being good stewards of the earth, which includes our own cities and neighborhoods.
We create spaces that are physically safe and free of environmental contaminants detrimental to the health of humans, wildlife, and plants.