What is Grow Food Grow Hope?

Wilmington College Grow Food Grow Hope works to increase the access of fresh food for families, promote the benefits of local food production and to raise awareness about self-sustainability in our daily food habits.

We believe that by supporting community and backyard gardening projects, we can create dynamic and self-reliant communities in Southwestern Ohio while providing people with the means they need to live more healthy, productive and meaningful lives.


Sign up for the Grow Food Grow Hope Newsletter.  Find out quarterly what Grow Food Grow Hope is doing to increase access of fresh food for families, raise awareness of the benefits of local food production and increase self sustainability in daily food habits.

Past News Letters:

Summer 2013

News Archive:

Newspaper & Periodicals:

Fifth Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner Benefits Grow Food, Grow Hope Wilmington College Website

"Sale of Krisher daylilies to benefit Grow Food, Grow Hope" Wilmington News Journal (06/21/2012).

"Volunteers pitch in to produce raised garden" Wilmington News Journal (06/14/2012).

"Grow Food, Grow Hope passes 10,000-vote milestone" Wilmington News Journal (06/09/2012).

"Campus community members create disaster preparedness kits" Wilmington News Journal (05/11/2012).

"EC students, staff wrap up year" Wilmington News Journal (05/09/2012).

"Earth Day opportunity for children April 21" Wilmington News Journal (04/11/2012).

"Experienced gardeners wanted" Wilmington News Journal (04/06/2012).

"Free health fair at WC March 22" Wilmington News Journal (03/13/2012).

"OUR VIEW: Addressing the tragedy of homelessness" Wilmington News Journal (11/17/2011).

"Grow Food, Grow Hope to host 5K run/walk Oct. 22" Wilmington News Journal (10/12/2011).

"Church Music Celebration event to benefit Grow Food, Grow Hope" Wilmington News Journal (09/28/2011).

"Hunger Walk aims to meet growing need" Wilmington News Journal (09/27/2011).
"County Farmers' Market Accepts Food Assistance Benefits" Wilmington News Journal, (08/12/2011).

"Farm-to-Table dinner to benefit GFGH" Wilmington News Journal, (08/30/2011).

"Blue Ribbon Organizations: Grow Food, Grow Hope" Master Gardening, (06/08/2011).

"Family health and fitness night enjoyed" Wilmington News Journal, (03/31/2011).

"Planning the Future of Local Food" Wilmington News Journal, (01/27/2011).

"Families invited to sign-up for free garden plots" Wilmington News Journal, (01/18/2011).

"The Growing Fresh Food Movement: Farm-to-school programs, Community Gardens, and Teaching Farms" The E-Environmental Magazine, (January/February 2011).

"Community challenged to eat only local foods Oct 25-30" Wilmington News Journal, (10/21/2010).

"Gleaning opportunities wanted" Wilmington News Journal, (10/7/2010).

"Battle of the Bands at concert Friday" Wilmington News Journal, (9/15/2010).

"Downtown farmers market offers fresh fare" Wilmington News Journal, (7/28/2010).

"Youth enjoying week at WC Junior Master Gardener Camp" Wilmington News Journal (7/22/2010). 

"Chefs will teach free class" Wilmington News Journal, (4/13/2010).

"Keeping hope fresh" Wilmington News Journal, (2/24/2010).

"Gardening projects accepting applications" Wilmington News Journal, (1/12/2010)

"Hard-hit Community Learns to Grow Food" Associated Press, (11/11/2009)

"Potato Pantry Better Be Supersized" Wilmington News Journal, (10/8/2009)

"YMCA Day Campers Visit ECC Demonstration Garden" Wilmington News Journal, (7/28/09).

"Hope, Gardens Nourish Town DHL Left" Columbus Dispatch, (7/12/2009)

"Harvest Begins at 'Grow Food, Grow Hope' Garden" Wilmington News Journal, (6/5/2009).

"Planting Commences at WC 'Grow Food, Grow Hope' Garden" Wilmington News Journal, (5/7/2009).

Television / Online Video:

SOCHE Talks-"Grow Food, Grow Hope" Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, Dayton (February 2011).

FOCUS-"Wilmington College's Community Garden Grow Food, Grow Hope Program" WCET, Cincinnati (10/4/2010).

"Making a difference by sowing seeds of hope" MSNBC's Nightly News, (10/2/2010).

Our Ohio Episode 524 WPTD,  Channel 16 Dayton, (9/18/2010).  

"Can a Democrat Win Ohio this Year?" The New York Times, nytimes.com (5/30/10).

"Wilmington's Long Recession" 60 Minutes, CBS News magazine television show (12/20/09).

"Groups Provide Help for Unemployed in Wilmington" WLWT, Channel 5 Cincinnati, (7/16/09).


"Wilmington's Homegrown Hope, Part 3" WYSO Yellow Springs, NPR Affiliate (5/12/2010).

"Wilmington's Homegrown Hope, Part 2" WYSO Yellow Springs, NPR Affiliate (5/11/2010).  

How Do We Do This

To meet our goals, we maintain the 40-plot Grow Food Grow Hope Community Garden on the Wilmington College campus, provide the means and manpower for families to establish their own backyard garden plots, support school yard garden initiatives, host workshops and work with regional partners to establish new community garden sites.
Our Focus

Make Gardening Accessible: Gardening can be intimidating for beginners.  We want our gardeners to have the skill to grow, the knowledge to teach and the confidence to share.  By pairing apprentice gardeners with more experienced mentors, our programs are designed to give gardeners a basic understanding of what it takes to garden.  It’s our hope that by providing a basic set of skills to be successful, our gardeners will be able to develop the expertise to turn their garden projects into valuable community resources.

Train Experienced and Empowered Leaders: As a student supported organization, we work to cultivate the next generation of leaders in food sustainability every day.  But we also want to encourage our friends and neighbors to use gardening as a way to become leaders in their communities.  A successful garden gives worth to a place. We believe that our garden projects are more than just a way for people to feed themselves. They are a means for individuals, families and communities to show how productive their work can truly be.

Share the Knowledge: Gardening is about sharing and growth. We want our projects to create a community around gardening. Whether we are assisting with a schoolyard garden project, hosting a workshop or meeting at a community garden, we want our gardeners to share experiences and build new friendships.  We believe that it’s only through our mutual support and cooperation that we can begin to change the culture around how we treat the food we eat and begin to create a truly healthy local food system.