growing hope

On Friday, May 26, there’s going to be a benefit at the Elbow Room for one of my favorite local nonprofits, Growing Hope. Growing Hope, if you’re not familiar with its work, runs an enormously ambitious slate of programs directed at “helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening.” They manage community gardens, teach nutrition classes, run garden-related after school programs, and tons more. (They’re also coordinating a new Tuesday afternoon farmer’s market in the parking lot of the Michigan Avenue Key Bank. (They’re changing just $5 for a table, so my hope is that brings out tons of vendors.) It’s scheduled to begin June 6. If you’re interested, this link will download a Word document with details.)

If you’re interested in finding out more about Growing Hope and their programs, they’re also going to be one of the participating organizations at July 15th’s Shadow Art Fair.

(note: Amanda, the founder of Growing Hope, is also a really good photographer.)

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3 Comments

  1. muppster
    Posted May 29, 2006 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    aw shucks, thanks mark. while you were writing this i was writing a comment on the battle for the hearts and minds of ypsilanti, plugging the market… :)

  2. mark
    Posted May 30, 2006 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I plan to go down with my camera and take pictures of the market on opening day, and write somethng up for MM.com… Can you tell us how many people have signed up as vendors so far? Any local farms?

  3. muppster
    Posted May 31, 2006 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    i can give you a better count by saturday, if that’s okay. several of the depot town farmers are gonna come over, but they don’t have much/any fresh produce yet– mostly plants… we’ve gotten lots of calls but are still trying to get commitments from folks. my sense is that it will build, week by week, as we get into produce season. we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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