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We are Growing Hope. We are Growing Hope, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Ypsilanti, Michigan, working to help people improve their lives and communities through gardening and increasing access to healthy food. For ten years our work has empowered people to grow, eat, share, and sell healthy food in ways that positively impact their health and their neighborhoods. While we support people throughout our community and region, we are most passionate about working with low-income families who have difficulty accessing the tools and resources to grow and consume healthy produce. We have a tradition of using a “market and mission” approach—a social enterprise model in which proceeds from enterprises within the organization help to support its charitable purposes. Our ventures include running a demonstration working urban farm, conducting annual plant sales, and managing farmers markets in Ypsilanti and beyond.

This holiday season, you can support Growing Hope through charitable contributions, shopping our gifts for gardeners and other merchandise, and by attending some of our many upcoming events. Proceeds from the products and services in this catalog help support Growing Hope’s work to provide programs and resources to families who can’t otherwise afford them. By choosing to buy from Growing Hope, you’re contributing to our ability to improve the health and wellness of the community.

Where to find us this holiday season MAKE A CONTRIBUTION If you’re making a donation, you can use the enclosed envelope or mail a contribution to Growing Hope, P.O. Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198. You can also make a contribution online at Please note that we also accept donations of stock. Get in touch to learn how. SHOP IN PERSON Ypsilanti The Eyrie in Depot Town Growing Hope merchandise available during December Tues-Sat 11am-7pm | Sun 11am-4pm 9 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 Ypsilanti Winter Farmers Market Saturdays at Adams STEM Academy 503 Oak St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 10am-2pm through December 21 Bizarre Bazaar at Bona Sera Café December 6-8 200 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Ann Arbor Wine Tasting at Everyday Wines in Kerrytown December 6 from 6:30-8:30pm On 2nd floor of the Kerrytown Market & Shops 407 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 SHOP ONLINE at BUY A GIFT CERTIFICATE online or by calling 734.786.8401. We’ll send the recipient a card and a certificate redeemable for our products and services.




A TASTE OF HOPE 2014 Growing Hope

Calendar & Recipes

A Taste of Hope Our 2014 Calendar Growing Hope’s 2014 A Taste of Hope calendar features the vibrant photography of our own Amanda Maria Edmonds. Every month has gardening tips, fun seasonal milestones, community events, and more! This year we’ve also included simple recipes to showcase the best flavors of the seasons. Available at the Ypsilanti Winter Farmers Market, The Eyrie, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and the Bizarre Bazaar at Bona Sera Café, and online at shopwithus. Can be purchased singly or in bulk orders of five or more at a discounted price. Contact for bulk orders. $15.00 | $10.00 ea. for orders of 5 or more


Thank You 2014 Calendar Sponsors Taylor, Leali, & Collins Accounting Services, LLC • Tower Inn Café • Capstone Tax & Financial • Corner Health Center • Maíz Mexican Cantina • University Musical Society • Srinergy • Bank of Ann Arbor • Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill • Big George’s Home Appliance Mart • Les Heddle, AAMS • Locavorious • Ayse’s Café • People’s Food Co-op • Ypsilanti Food Co-op • Barnes & Barnes Apartment Rental • Ann Arbor Cooks!

A selection of merch Clockwise from top left: GH Logo Onesie, Eats Local T (also available in Gets Dirty on brown and Grows Local on green), note card set, apron, Eats Local bib, Grown in Michigan onesie, and Eats Local onesie. Shop online at and bid on more great products and services in our online auction through December 9 at!




Grow Light Stand for Seedlings Seedlings need ample light to thrive.

Plant Labels Keep your garden well organized.

Holiday Wreath Locally sourced, hand decorated

Holiday Ornaments Handmade, variety of vegetables available

Victory Garden Kit Seeds, 1940’s vintage Ball jar, postcards, and more.

Shop online at and bid on more great products and services in our online auction through December 9 at!



MAKE A DONATION Our mission of helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access can only be furthered with the support of people like you. Yours is a valuable contribution to building communities. You can join the effort and help us grow with a year-end donation today! During the holiday season, a charitable donation made in another’s name can also be a gift that keeps on giving that’s perfect for your favorite gardener or locavore. We will send your loved one a card and note that you’ve made a gift in their honor, along with a mini-packet of seeds. Donate by mail using the enclosed envelope or mailing your donation to Growing Hope P.O. Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 Donate online at

Growing Healthy Families

Since 2009, we’ve helped 220 low-income and no-income families install raisedbed veggie gardens at their homes and apartments to increase their households’ ability to access fresh, healthy, and affordable—free!—food. Our Raised Bed Vegetable Garden program is helping families who have limited access to gardening resources get started growing healthy food, now and for years to come. These families provide us with valuable data by weighing and tracking what they grow. 8

We’re building a real-world data set to quantify that perennial question— “What can you grow in a square?” In 2012, families grew on average 90 servings of fruits and vegetables in their three raised beds! We’re also observing an impact beyond the family households and kitchen tables—most families share their harvest with others, and some are becoming deeply connected with their food and health as a result of their garden.

GARDEN PRODUCTS It’s never too early to think spring! You can buy one of these kits now, or buy a coupon that can be redeemed in March or April. Raised Bed Garden Kits Create a beautiful, tidy garden. Raised beds lengthen the growing season, help the soil retain nutrients, reduce the risk of pests and weeds, and create a pleasing space to grow. They also allow you to control the soil your plants live in, and provide a base to attach other structures to, such as trellises, mini-hoops, etc. Do-ityourselfers will find everything needed to create a 4’x4’ raised bed ready to be filled with soil and plants! Kits include untreated white pine or spruce, hardware, and instructions. A hand screwdriver is the only tool needed for assembly. If you need a taller bed, please call for pricing. 4’ x 4’ x 8” $37.00

Season Extension Kits Start growing earlier—keep growing later. Create your own mini-greenhouse easily with our kit to cover a 4’x4’ bed. Curved metal conduit hoops and poly (clear plastic) sheeting install easily and help maintain humidity and warmth for your plants during cool weather. Comes with clips, hardware, and assembly instructions. $37.00 Combo Pack: Raised Bed and Season Extension Kit One 4’x4’x8” Raised Bed Kit and one Season Extension Kit. $64.00 Animal Control Kits Keep out pests, keep in plants. This kit includes the same hoops and hardware in our season extension kit to fit perfectly over your 4’x4’ raised bed kit. Instead of plastic, this kit comes with deer netting to stretch over the hoops to keep animals out of your garden. $27.00 Combo Pack: Season Extension and Animal Protection Kit One Season Extension Kit along with the deer netting from the Animal Protection Kit. $47.00

By offering these garden products and services to paying customers, like you, we generate profits to fund our continued work with families who can’t afford to pay—but still deserve a chance to grow healthy food themselves.

For a gift of $50, you can sponsor a family with the resources and support to grow their own veggies!



If you’re looking for general advice, are having problems with your garden, or don’t know how to get started, we provide hourly consultation on a variety of topics: n



Garden planning, such as what plants grow together well, how much to plant and proper spacing. How to grow plants through an extended season to maximize your harvest. Garden maintenance, such as watering, nutrients, composting, pest and disease control without

chemicals. Harvesting, such as what to pick when, how to prepare the garden for winter.

Do you want to develop a bigger garden project? Maybe an herb garden for your restaurant, a raised bed for a workplace wellness program, or a green plot that transforms your daycare into a healthier place for kids? From neighborhood plots and schoolyards to workplaces or restaurants, gardens can be a great, productive addition to any space. Dream big, and contact us for more details and project rates. Prepaying for a consultation for your favorite budding garden makes a great gift. $45 per hour

Give the gift of membership FRIEND OF THE MARKETS You can’t buy friendship, but a donation as low as $30 or as much as $600 buys you (or a loved one) a Friend of the Markets Membership! The membership is good for one year, comes with market swag, and directly supports the operation of the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets - a great gift for the locavore in your life! Learn more at GROWING GARDENS A Growing Gardens membership is a perfect gift for local gardeners, whether they’ve been at it for years or are just getting started. It offers a sense of community by connecting members with one another, abundant resources in the form of tool and book lending and a quarterly newsletter, and free seeds, seedlings, and admission to workshops. Learn more at

RENTALS DONATE Need a gift for that person who has everything? Make a donation in their name to Growing Hope! This is a gift that will keep on giving in the form of gardens thriving and hope growing all year long.

Whether you’re planning a school event or a birthday party, we can hook you up with great rentals to make the day really special. Rent our on-site adobe oven for parties or field trips at the Growing Hope Center, our vegetable costumes, or our bike blender. Plus, you can even arrange a visit from Clifford the Big Red Truck Farm! 10

Visit for more information or contact for rates and availability.


Growing Hope is dedicated to helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and increasing access to healthy food.

922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.786.8401 |


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