The rain didn’t keep this group from MSU’s Organic Farmer Training Program from touring our garden at Kent ISD. As we strolled through the gardens they sampled cucamelons, borage, lemon basil, and Concord grapes. We shoveled soil from the regenerative garden to compare it with the soil outside of the garden and noticed threads of […]
Upon discovering the established garden on the property of their new school building, Empower U students at Kent ISD expressed a keen interest in contributing. Julie Brunson, Executive Director of H.O.P.E. Gardens, extended an invitation for them to participate in our garden volunteer days. The endeavor proved to be a resounding success for everyone involved. […]
In a heartwarming show of support for nutrition education and food equity, Senator Winnie Brinks and her assistant, Kate Kooyman, recently visited the Gladiola Elementary School garden. This visit not only emphasized the value of hands-on nutrition learning but also demonstrated how school gardens have the potential to transform access to fresh, wholesome produce for […]
This week families in Fitkids celebrated their gardens’ summer harvest with a dinner in Marquette Park’s gazebo. Once just tiny seedlings, plants are now stretching ever higher, filling the boxes and climbing trellises in this very green community garden. The Fitkid families, together with HOPE garden staff, planted and now tend six garden boxes. The […]
It was an honor to spend time with our Congolese neighbors at Flowerland in Wyoming as we shared our love of gardening and provided insights into growing in our climate (Grow Zone 6) as opposed to their region (Grow Zone 12).
What if everyone in our community had equal access to food that nourishes, creates good jobs, is affordable, and gives back to the earth? We believe it’s possible. This May, Team H.O.P.E. is excited to be a featured organization at the 46th Annual Access Walk for Good Food! Part community event, part 5k walk, and […]
On Saturday, March 11, we hosted a Rengenerative Garden Workshop at Flowerland in Wyoming, MI. Hope Gardens’ staff taught community members how to install their own no-till, regenerative (nature-based) garden. Regenerative gardening is an approach to sustainable food and farming systems that regenerates topsoil and enhances biodiversity now and long into the future. This practice […]
Part of our mission at H.O.P.E Gardens (Helping Other People Eat) is to inspire our student gardeners to not only grow food for themselves but to also consider helping the people in their community have access to healthy garden produce. Our middle and junior high students embraced the challenge by planting beautiful herb gardens as […]
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 […]
In this video, Rich teaches us about gardening in your landscapes using natural untreated wood chips as a cover. Perennials are popping up including chives, parsley and mint. Garlic is proving strong in more ways than one.