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Growing Hope is hiring!

We have a number of positions-- full time, part time, paid, and volunteer-- currently posted!  Check them out here.

August 23rd Chefs in the Garden Menu is HERE!

The menu for this Sunday's fundraising dinner event is here, and it looks super delicious! Get ready to go on a journey of culinary delight with chefs Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo of The Lunch Room! Got your tickets yet? Click here to purchase your tickets or call 734-786-8401. Tickets are advance purchase only for this delicious event. All proceeds benefit Growing Hope, and help us keep improving lives through gardening and healthy food access.


  • Wood-fired Za'atar-Spiced Naan bread served with a trio of: coriander chutney, fragrant tomato-onion relish & pineapple chutney.
  • Garden Vegetable Sushi served with wasabi, ponzu sauce & pickled ginger.

Soup & Salad:

  • Massaged Kale Salad with fruit, veggies & candied pecans
  • Garden Gazpacho, chilled heirloom tomato soup

Main course:

  • Ratatouille topped with tarragon-thyme tempeh (from The Brinery!) served with wild rice


  • Peach-Basil Crumble with Coconut Ice Cream and Caramel Drizzle!
Chefs in the Garden is Heating Up!

Growing Hope is so excited to announce that our August Chefs in the Garden will be the very talented Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo of acclaimed local favorite, The Lunch Room!

Phillis and Joel have been delighting diners since 2010 as they demonstrate the breadth and versatility of plant-based whole foods. They use local and organic produce, make everything from scratch from fine ingredients, and emphasize environmental sustainability. The Lunch Room was voted Best New Business 2014 and Best Food Cart in 2012 (before opening as a restaurant) by Current Magazine Readers Choice, as well as receiving rave reviews in the Detroit Metro Times, MLive, and Ann Arbor News. 

We can't wait to see what they come up with, and we know it will deliciously showcase the best flavors of the season!

Tickets for this event, as well as our other two Chefs in the Garden fundraising dinners on September 27th and October 18th are available right now!

These popular events do sell out, so be sure to get yours today. Buy tickets for ALL THREE and save!

GROWING HOPE  |  922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI  48197 | P.O. Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 | Phone: 734-786-8401 |