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Growing Hope Urban Farm

is a 2-acre, non-profit farm in Ypsilanti, Michigan that offers educational programs for gardeners of all ages and levels. Produce grown is sold at their farmer’s markets and donated to their program participants and local food pantries. They received a $3,782 grant to develop a new growing space and market garden with the purchase of caterpillar tunnels, seeds, a water cistern, harvesting bins, garden carts and more.

New garden market space with crops planted

A “sun garden” market garden space was created by removing grass, tilling the soil, and planting seedlings. A caterpillar tunnel was installed to extend the growing season.“This project has allowed us to expand the amount of produce we grow and share with the community exponentially while also creating new space for educational opportunities such as tours, workshops, and internships,” reported Julius Buzzard, executive director. “During the winter, we brought on a seeding intern and a market gardening and compost intern during the growing season. This growing space allowed us to grow enough produce to launch a pay-what-you-can CSA called Solidarity Shares. We prioritized low-income households in our community who have felt the most damaging impacts of an unjust food system.”


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