Special Events!

Growing Hope 12th Birthday Party

Join us on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 2-5pm for Growing Hope's birthday! On this exact date in 2003, Growing Hope was founded. We'll be celebrating our 12 years in the community with food, music, games and more. All are welcome at this FREE, fun, family-friendly event at Growing Hope! RSVP to let us know you're coming to! And our site has limited parking, so please carpool, bus, walk, or roll to the event!


Drive 4 UR Community with Gene Butman Ford

Saturday, May 30th, 2015, 10am-4 pm at Gene Butman Ford at 2105 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.  Take the wheel and make a difference in your community! Growing Hope will receive $20 for every person who test drives a car at Gene Butman Ford between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, May 30. Our goal is $6,000 and YOU can help! Plan to join us for this fun fundraiser, there will be snacks provided by Harvest Kitchen and a wide variety of cool cars for you to drive.  RSVP here and spread the word on facebook here!


YpsiTasty Local Food Crawl

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  5-9 pm, Leaves from Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace in downtown Ypsi

Growing Hope and the A2Y Chamber of Commerce celebrate our 2nd annual crawl of local food and drinks at locally-owned restaurants and bars around Ypsilanti!  This pub and grub crawl will have alcohol and non-alcohol options, as you go among our local establishments tasting and voting on dishes and drinks that are Michigan-grown or Michigan-produced.  A delicious event not to be missed!  Tickets available in June!  Check out the facebook event  for updates.  Want to volunteer at the event or help to organize it?  Drop a line to

Tour de Fresh Rides Again in 2015

We took a few years off, but mark your calendars for Tuesday evening, September 8th, for Tour de Fresh, our bike and carpooling tour of area gardens, farm, and food goodness. This event is open to the public with a suggested registration fee on a sliding scale from $5 to $25 dollars. Growing Garden Members ride for Free! Please register online. Route information and Featured Garden Site Information comming soon!


Chefs in the Garden 2015

Sunday evenings: Aug 23, Sept 27, Oct 11, Growing Hope Center urban farm, Ypsilanti

Tickets for our 2015 Chefs in the Garden dinners on the farm series are available now! Join us:

  • Sunday, August 23th   5-8 pm 
  • Sunday, September 27st   5-8 pm  
  • Sunday, October 18th  4-7 pm 

Enjoy great food and wine to benefit Growing Hope. Each event will feature fantastic food prepared by a different local chef, delicious beer and wines, and show-stopping desserts. Enjoy the beauty of late summer on our working urban farm as you dine in Cathy, our majestic hoop-house. Tickets are $55 each or $100 for two, with special pricing available for groups.

Would you like to be an honorary host for one of these dinners?  As a host, you help to develop a guest list and spread the word about the event to your friends & colleagues.  You'll purchase your own ticket and recruit 3 others to also purchase tickets and join you at the event.  Once there, your job is to just enjoy the event and make your guests and others feel welcome!  We'll include your name on the honorary host list in our outreach efforts.  Contact us to let us know!  Want to volunteer at the event or help to organize it?  Drop a line to

Recurring Community Events

Growing Hope Center Tour  Now that we've moved in to the Growing Hope Center, we're offering many chances for you to come see the place! Check our calendar to confirm, but currently we're offering tours on the first Wednesday of the month at 5pm. Please sign up in advance: click here to RSVP, or write us at and let us know what date you'll join us. The Growing Hope Center is at 922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

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