Home Vegetable Garden Program Application
Do you and your family want to grow your own food?

The Home Vegetable Garden Program seeks to increase access to healthy food for low income Ypsilanti residents through installing free raised bed gardens and providing one on one garden support at family homes, community centers, housing facilities, apartment complexes and religious institutions. Program participants are provided free garden beds, along with seedlings, seeds, and other necessary tools and supplies. We want to help participants garden dreams come true, and are here to support you on your journey! In addition to the materials, we offer each gardener a mid-season visit from our staff, as well as pairing you with a seasoned gardener for additional support.

Gardens provide participants with opportunities to build resiliency through increased community engagement, opportunities for inter-generational experiences, and improvements in their health from exercise and increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

What can you expect from Growing Hope from this program?
• Installation of wooden garden beds or containers (for those households that do not have a yard for raised beds).
• Compost & soil to fill all the beds
• Free seedling distribution for spring, summer and fall crops. This includes vegetable, herb and flower seedlings and
seed packets of your choice
• Hand-outs on gardening, and access to our lending library of gardening books
• A mid-season visit to your garden from Growing Hope staff to answer garden related questions
• Free monthly hands on gardening workshops at the Growing Hope urban farm
• A network of fellow gardeners

What does Growing Hope expect from you?
• Attend the program orientation
• Participation in the garden installation process to the best of your physical ability
• Pick up your plants and seeds during the distribution dates (or send a friend to pick them up for you)
• Complete and return survey and evaluations in a timely manner
• Live in Ypsilanti or Ypsi township
• Have an understanding that it is your responsibility to care for your garden; we are happy to offer advice if you
encounter challenges, you will need to make time for regular maintenance
• Enjoy the fruits of your labor!


Application Deadline is Friday, March 29th 2019

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Bee Ayer, Director of Programs bee@GrowingHope.net, 734-786-8401.

Personal/Household Information
To Apply: Please answer the following questions. The purpose of this form is to determine if your household qualifies for this program and to establish expectations on both ends (what you can expect from us and what we require from you as a participant). Your personal information will be kept confidential.
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About Growing Hope
Growing Hope is a 15-year-old non-profit organization rooted in Ypsilanti, Michigan whose mission is to foster an equitable and sustainable local food system that empowers all people to grow, buy, sell, prepare, and eat nourishing food. We envision 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. People can grow and prepare their own harvests, and may earn a living as a food grower, producer, or entrepreneur.

Our areas of work include Youth & Schools, Farm & Garden, Farmers Markets, and Food Entrepreneurship. This position will work out of the Growing Hope Center and Urban Farm, a 1.4 acre property in the heart of Ypsilanti. The Urban Farm is a multi-purpose space used for organic-practice production, garden demonstration, youth and adult education and events.

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