H.O.P.E. Gardens relies on many partners to help local food systems empower individuals.

Thank you for considering partnering with us as a employee or contractor. This page is designed to help you indicate what type of work you are interested in, complete an application, and help facilitate a productive conversation about employment.

Our guiding principles >>

Our purpose >>


By partnering with schools, parents, and community leaders, we believe we can help local food systems empower individuals to learn new ways of seeing and engaging with the world. We believe change can start with a bit of knowledge and a small seed in the hand of a child.

How We Work

We are experiential, environmental, educational ... and fun! As we teach and empower students and families, we embrace our guiding principles.



H.O.P.E. Gardens is part of a larger system including government agencies, food pantries, food distribution agencies, and farmers, growers, and next door neighbors dedicated to addressing hunger in west Michigan.




We partner with a diverse team of teachers, administrators, community volunteers, undergraduate students, master gardeners, and other nonprofit agencies.


Our approach is not one-size-fits-all. We strive to include students, families, and communities in planting gardens and growing and sharing food.


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, minimizes weeds, and enriches the soil for future planting.


Thank you for taking the time to review some of the most important things to HOPE Gardens. If you are interested in working with us, please complete this online employment application. If your interests, skills, and background are a good fit for our current needs, we'll contact you for a follow-up conversation. We'll use this meeting to answer any of your questions and get to know you and your reasons for wanting to work with us.

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