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.

Increased food insecurity due to Covid-19 is hitting low-income seniors and people who struggle with illness and disability particularly hard. Getting to a grocery store or food pantry is more difficult and these individuals need more support. Our Home Vegetable Garden program is responded to this need by expanding to 20 more households.

Our Home Vegetable Garden Program expansion is now full, but we may be able to take more participants later in the season. If you are interested in signing up for the program’s waiting list, please fill out this form.

Home Vegetable Garden Mentorships

In 2019 we launched Growing Hope’s Garden Mentorship for Home Vegetable Garden Program participants. We started this mentorship program to strengthen our gardening community in order to uplift the many experienced and inspirational gardeners around us. We aim to increase inter-generational connections through prioritizing new gardeners who have children, and prioritizing senior gardeners who may have grandchildren. Mentors assist new gardeners in setting and reaching their garden goals through one-on-one coaching and share resources from Growing Hope.

We are still taking applications for mentors! Click here to apply to be a 2020 Home Vegetable Garden Mentor.