Bring H.O.P.E. To Your School

We teach students in grades K-12 a sustainable way to grow food.

 

Our collaborative, hands-on, experiential approach reinforces concepts and teaches students practical life skills.

Program Overview

The H.O.P.E. Gardens school program runs throughout the school year and includes:

 

  • Planting, tending, and harvesting a garden on school grounds
  • Experiential lessons that integrate with science curricula
  • A seed-saving and seed-sharing program where students give seeds to surrounding schools and the community
  • Custom options (like a sensory or butterfly garden, permaculture design
  • Monthly lessons based on grade level that cover topics ranging from seed starting and tree planting to vermiculture, beekeeping, and nutrition.

Imitating Nature with Regenerative Gardening

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.

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Benefits for Students and Teachers

Experiential Learning

Interactive, progressive and systematic education + hands-on experience = student empowerment

Tangible Rewards

Students are empowered by actually seeing, touching, and tasting the “fruits of their labor”

Mood Enhancing

Soil microbes have proven antidepressant qualities; gardening helps with emotional regulation

Integrated Curriculum

Our curriculum, developed by experts, is tied to grade level using core content education standards

Turn-Key Lessons

Our instructors come to your school to teach monthly lessons -- no extra effort required from your teachers

Practical Application

Our program teaches students valuable and practical life skills, which also supports Michigan’s Education Goal #1,

Our Impact

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South Elementary Grandville Public Schools

“Our school garden has changed many students. I have seen students ask to go to the garden when frustrated or upset. There, they almost immediately relax and can more easily reflect and problem-solve. Students have learned that the garden is somewhere they can go to feel safe, have fun, and watch their hard work pay off.”

Darla England, Principal

Forest Grove Elementary Hudsonville Public Schools

“We are grateful for the H.O.P.E. Gardens team, whose personal touch shared so genuinely made our school garden a powerful tool for learning and growth. They followed through on every single promise to create a worthy experience for staff and students with minimal cost and minimal staff commitment.”

John Gillette, Principal

Parkview Elementary Wyoming

“For 4 years, H.O.P.E. has worked with a group of at-risk students in our after-school program. Many kids ask when H.O.P.E. is coming next because they are excited to learn more!”

Miranda Lane, TEAM 21 Site Coordinator

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