Bringing H.O.P.E. to west Michigan Schools
We provide garden education programs for students in grades K-12
Our collaborative, hands-on, experiential approach reinforces concepts and teaches students practical life skills.
H.O.P.E. Gardens provides garden education during school and as part of after-school and summer programs.
- 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.
“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
“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
“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
Benefits for Students and Teachers
Imitating Nature with Regenerative Gardening
We teach regenerative gardening, which 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.