Full hearts & dirty hands
We grow fruits & veggies for our neighbors’ tables
HOPEfarm sprouted from a simple idea: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our food pantry could offer beautifully ripe, nutritious veggies and fruit? Of course we knew the answer, so we got to work! Thanks to a committed crew of volunteers, bushels of plump tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, leafy greens, and aromatic herbs are now being harvested weekly.
Our growing, small-scale farm is built around a hydroponic greenhouse that lets us farm year round, sunshine or snow. Outside, rows of raised beds are lush in the summer with soil-grown garden veggies and native prairie plants. Come see for yourself!
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Hope Farm is a place to grow
And we’re talking about more than the cucumbers and tomatoes. “You get to play in the dirt with a great group of people and be part of something bigger than yourself,” says Liesl, a regular around the farm.
As local families struggle with rising food prices, she points out that the farm and its volunteers play an increasingly crucial role. “Maybe I can’t fix the world’s huge problems,” Liesl says, “but I like to know I’m helping where I can.”
Whatever the season, whatever your talents, there is a place for you here! New projects are always sprouting up. We’re planting native flowers to attract pollinators and mapping out an orchard to increase our offerings. We’re even designing raised beds that will be wheelchair accessible. We mean it when we say HOPEfarm is a place where everyone can grow!
Reach out or drop by on a Saturday morning to help with the harvest and learn how to get involved.