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

Continuing Our Impact with Remote Lessons

We provided remote lessons with garden activity kits to more than 600 students at 13 schools each month this winter. The activities were enjoyed by leaders and students alike. In January, students were given a lesson on Seed Dispersal and then used seeds to create Pinecone Bird Feeders. Students had fun getting their hands into...

Staff Spotlight: Meet Arthur Gardine!

This year, we transitioned from having students helping in the gardens to working with only staff and a few volunteers, and found we needed extra help.  In June, we hired our first youth employee, Arthur Gardine. Arthur first learned of H.O.P.E. Gardens when he was a 6th grade student at South Elementary. He helped install...

H.O.P.E. Gardens Receives Farm-to-School Grant

In August, H.O.P.E. Gardens and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids were awarded a USDA Farm-to-School grant. This competitive award is granted on an annual basis to organizations that support planning, developing, and implementing farm-to-school programs.  H.O.P.E. Gardens will use part of this grant to install a new fence for Wyoming Regional Center, a program...

Spreading H.O.P.E. During COVID-19

The state-wide closing of schools last March due to COVID-19 presented us with a challenge: How could we involve students in school garden planting when we were not able to work together in person? We also wanted to support students and families while under the stay-at-home order, so we decided that if the students couldn’t...

We Need Your Help!

We have had to make a lot of changes and adapt the way we offer our school programs due to COVID-19. This summer we were not able to meet in person with our summer garden programs but we provided pea seed cups, growing instructions & journals for kids to grow at home. This fall, all...