Farm & Gardens

We support people of all ages to grow, prepare, and eat nourishing food through hands-on educational opportunities at our Urban Farm and in the community. 

Demonstration Gardens

Growing Hope’s Urban Farm provides an educational and demonstration space where people of all ages and backgrounds learn about, grow, and prepare nourishing food together. Our gardens showcase small-scale organic growing practices for new gardeners by utilizing raised bed and container gardening. We cultivate a children’s garden, market gardens, and operate a year-round hoop house. People from across the region visit our Urban Farm and gardens for community events, trainings, work days, and inspirational time outdoors.

Home Vegetable Garden Program

We provide Ypsilanti lower income residents with free raised bed gardens, along with compost, seedlings and seeds to start their own home garden. Participants receive garden materials, attend garden workshops, and receive support visits throughout the season. This program addresses food insecurity in our community through empowering residents to grow their own food and have agency over their personal wellness goals. This year new participants will be paired with a garden mentor to provide extra support to help them reach their goals, whether it be help with pest management, or spending more time with their family outside. Applications are now closed for 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Bee Ayer, Director of Programs b[email protected], 734-786-8401.

Home Vegetable Garden Mentorships

We are excited to announce the launch of Growing Hope’s Garden Mentorship for Home Vegetable Garden Program participants. In order to uplift the many experienced and inspirational gardeners in our community we are starting a mentorship program to strengthen our gardening community. We aim to increase inter-generational connections through prioritizing new gardeners who have children, and prioritizing senior gardeners who may have grandchildren. Mentors will assist new gardeners in setting and reaching their garden goals through one-on- one coaching and sharing resources from Growing Hope. Gardening can be a venue for achieving many personal goals, from spending time with loved ones, changing your diet, reconnecting with cultural traditions and more. Growing Hope will pair up mentees and mentors based on shared interest and skills. Applications are now closed for 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Bee Ayer, Director of Programs [email protected], 734-786-8401. 

Farm Volunteerism

There’s always lots to do on the Growing Hope Urban Farm and volunteers assist us every step of the way. Volunteers help sort seeds, propagate and transplant seedlings, water, weed, prepare garden beds, harvest and more. We have opportunities for individuals, student groups and employer sponsored days. 

Volunteer with us!