H.O.P.E. means Helping Other People Eat

In west Michigan, 1 out of every 5 children doesn’t get enough affordable, nutritious food to eat. We are addressing this problem through hands-on garden education and awareness.

In 2021, with the support of partners and donors, we were able to . . .

Deliver remote garden lessons and garden activity kits for 600 students


Extend our reach to 44 additional students at two new schools - Godwin Middle and Godfrey Early Childhood Center


Donate more than 2,500 plants to schools, families, and their communities


Provide garden education for students in 15 schools


Collaborate with 10 local organizations to promote food sovereignty and education

Donations of all sizes make a difference! 

  • $300 will provide heirloom plants and seeds for one school garden
  • $250 will provide a Seed-Saving Kit and Lesson for one classroom
  • $100 will provide a Harvest Party or Spring Celebration for one class 
  • $50 will provide plants for one school butterfly garden 
  • $25 will provide plants and seeds for one home garden for a student and their family
Or consider a recurring gift! For only $15/month, you can sponsor one student, which will provide them with hands-on garden education, supplies, and activities.
Experiential School Programs

We install gardens on school grounds and teach kids in grades K-12 hands-on life skills and science lessons.

Students can make healthier food choices when they are able to see, touch, and taste food they have grown themselves.

Community Engagement

Students share produce and seeds with food banks and other schools, fostering an awareness of the larger community’s needs.

We also provide gardening workshops, consultation, and support for adults.

Affordable, Sustainable Solutions

We teach an easy, inexpensive, and organic gardening method that imitates nature and does not rely on any special equipment.

We believe that empowerment combined with education offers a sustainable solution to the problem of food insecurity.

H.O.P.E. Gardens focuses on areas where access, finances, and time are barriers to people eating healthy and affordable food.

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