Farm & Gardens
Growing Hope grows vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers on a 1.5 acre property blocks from downtown Ypsilanti with a commitment to growing positive and healthy futures in Southeast Michigan communities.
In 2008 Growing Hope purchased a small house and adjoining 1.5 acres of land near downtown Ypsilanti. At the time, Growing Hope had started working with young people in Ypsilanti who had limited access to learn about and eat healthy food, and had few opportunities to explore the natural environment. In this house and large grassy backyard we envisioned an educational farm and garden space where people of all income-levels, ages, and backgrounds could experience first-hand how food is grown, how to cook and prepare healthy food while learning about nature and small-scale agricultural practices.
Ten years later the small house and grassy field is now the Growing Hope Urban Farm. Located on busy Michigan Avenue, adjacent to low-income housing and low-income census tracts, the Growing Hope Urban Farm is a neighborhood meeting space where people of all income levels, demographics and socio-economic backgrounds congregate over healthy food. The house itself acts as a community meeting and educational space, as well as hosts Growing Hope staff offices. For the past decade Ypsilanti residents and community members from across Southeast Michigan have visited our Urban Farm to learn, explore and be inspired about growing fresh food and engage with natural habitats. Volunteers have helped us build our two hoop houses, youth have tasted new vegetables pulled right from the ground, teenagers have spent the summer seeding plants and harvesting vegetables, and people of all ages have participated in outdoor classes, trainings, events and tours.
Your support helps us continue to improve our site so that we can serve the community in even more ways!
Home Vegetable Garden Program
The Home Vegetable Garden Program is a partnership between Growing Hope and low/no-income seniors and families. Growing Hope provides raised bed gardens, garden support and garden resources that are needed to address food insecurity issues in households in the Ypsilanti area.