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 connect these folks to new gardeners and strengthen our gardening community. In addition, we aim to increase intergenerational connections through prioritizing new gardeners who have children, and prioritizing senior gardeners who may have grandchildren.

Since 2009, Growing Hope has worked with over 350 families, helping Ypsilanti residents to grow their own food. This year, we will work with 25 new sites and hope to find 10 mentors to cheer them on and provide garden support.

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.

* Build garden leadership and teaching skills through our Mentor Orientation and workshops
* Access to Growing Hope farm and garden staff for technical support
* Be a part of a peer-to-peer support network
* Learn and practice building raised beds with Growing Hope (this is optional)
* Receive free seeds and seedlings of vegetables, herbs and flowers for your garden during our 3 free seedling distributions
* Gift bag of gardening tools including gloves, trowels, weeders, etc.
* Stipend for your time and energy

Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 8th, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Bee Ayer, Director of Programs & Operations bee@growinghope.net, 734-786-8401.

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