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Teaching children and families in West Michigan how to grow their own food

Our hands-on programs and services invite people of all ages to learn how to grow their own food using affordable, nature-inspired, no-till gardening practices.

We believe that a
small seed in the hands of a child can transform a community.

How we work

We teach nature-inspired gardening, a sustainable, cost-effective, and organic method of gardening. Our main focus revolves around establishing educational gardens in schools, providing interactive learning experiences for students from kindergarten through high school. With our interactive, eco-friendly, and enjoyable methods, our objective is to foster in students a passion for growing their own food.

For Children & Families

We provide hands-on garden experiences that invite children and families into the art and science of growing their own food.

For Teachers & Administrators

As a resource for teachers and administrators, we offer programming, curriculum, and school garden design, consultation, and installation.

For The Community

As a resource to the community, we offer our annual heirloom plant sale, gardening workshops, educational resources, and garden consultation.

What is nature-inspired gardening?

In contrast to a conventional tilled garden, regenerative gardening embraces the use of organic matter to nurture the soil rather than deplete it. This approach harmonizes with nature, mirroring the conditions of a flourishing forest floor where plants naturally thrive. Nature-inspired garden beds sustain vibrant underground ecosystems, preserving essential nutrients and moisture, while also reducing weed growth and fortifying the soil for future plantings.

Helping you grow

Downloads for teachers, parents and kids!

Living Soil


Tips for Starting Your Nature-Inspired Garden


Starting Your School Garden Guide w/ Consult


Gardening with kids

We are growing with over 2,700 students in 14 nature-inspired school gardens across west Michigan

Garden Stories

Stories of hope, inspiration, and of course — gardening!

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