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Come Grow With Us, Seed Starting Squad is Open!

Want to start your own seedlings indoors but don't know how? 

There's still space in Seed Starting Squad! Seed Starting Squad is a great way to get more knowledge and experience starting seeds indoors, so you save money on plants, and get an early start on the growing season!  It's our first opportunity of the year for Growing Gardens members to access awesome resources & education from Growing Hope!

Here's how it works: as a Growing Gardens member you can apply to be part of our Seed Starting Squad and, Growing Hope will sell or loan you a light stand for seed growing. The light stand will hold four flats for seedlings-- you will grow two flats for us (we provide the flats, soil, and seeds) and have room under the lightstand for two flats for yourself!

When you join Seed Starting Squad, you're joining other households and groups to help Growing Hope grow vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings for distribution this spring to community members, to use on our educational urban demonstration farm, and for sale to raise funds to support our work!

Sign up now and join us on Wednesday, March 11 at 5:30 to pick up your seed trays, light-stands and learn everything you need to know to start growing plants like a champ! 

Sign up for your annual Growing Gardens membership here, and then learn more and  apply to the Seed Starting Squad here! 

Taking The Ford Lake Frozen Leap!

The 7th Annual Ford Lake Frozen Leap was a success and a day of freezing fun for all! Growing Hope would like to give our sincere gratitude to everyone who worked so hard to make that crazy, exciting event happen!

Thanks to the Pakmode team, Lake Shore Apartments, all the generous sponsors, and of course all the amazingly brave and cold-hardy jumpers, as well as everyone who donated! 

Ford Lake Frozen Leap This Valentine's Day!

Love Growing Hope? Take the plunge this Valentine's Day and participate in the frosty fun at the Ford Lake Frozen Leap! The Leap is an annual event at the Lake Shore Apartments in Ypsilanti  that raises money and awareness for local non-profits in an unforgettable way. Over the past 6 years it has raised over $50,000 for local charities! This year Growing Hope is delighted to be one of the recipients of this freezing fundraiser, along with Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars. It's not too late to join a team or start your own!

Even if jumping in a frozen lake isn't on your bucket list, you can still donate here and then join us on February 14 at 10am to cheer on the jumpers! There'll be music, costume contests, hot drinks and more; so come feel the love at FLFL7!

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