Food insecurity affects 1 in 8 people in west Michigan. Among children, 1 in 5 is food insecure.
H.O.P.E. Gardens is addressing this problem by teaching people a simple, affordable way to grow their own food.
Helping Other People Eat
Our hands-on programs and services teach people of all ages how to grow food through an affordable, low-maintenance, organic method called regenerative gardening.
WHAT IS REGENERATIVE GARDENING?
Regenerative gardening recreates the conditions in which plants naturally thrive. It’s inexpensive and easy to start because It doesn’t rely on chemicals, tilling, or any special equipment.
Unlike a traditional garden, a regenerative garden is covered with mulch, which retains water and nutrients for the plants, minimized weeds, and enriches the soil for future planting.
One Seed at a Time
Julie and Rich Brunson, co-founders of HOPE Gardens, have personal experience with food insecurity and unsuccessful gardening. They are passionate about empowering, connecting, and feeding people and communities.
HOPE Gardens partners with a diverse team of teachers, administrators, community volunteers, undergraduate students, master gardeners, and other nonprofit agencies.