GARDEN STORIES

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

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...

Poverty, Privilege and Pumpkin Seeds

Poverty, Privilege and Pumpkin Seeds Today as I was preparing my favorite breakfast food, American fries with onions, I thought of how privileged I was to have a home and food to prepare. As I adjusted the flame on the stove my thoughts shifted to a young girl’s face and a conversation I had with...