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 2020, with the support of partners and donors, we were able to . . .

Provide hands-on garden education in 13 west Michigan schools, reaching a total of 1,457 students


Distribute deck gardens with seeds, herbs, and vegetable plants, along with growing instructions for more than 400 families


Harvest & deliver 107 pounds of produce to 11 families of students in our garden program at Wyoming Regional Center.


Share 507 pounds of produce with local food banks in our served population.


We still need to raise $20,000 by the end of 2021 to meet our fundraising goal and offset costs for school garden programs. Are you able to give a gift to help us accomplish this? 

  • $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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