The Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative is a Wilmington College sponsored project which seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of local food production, backyard and community gardening, and increasing self-sustainability in our daily food habits. Both the city of Wilmington and Wilmington College have a history steeped in rich agricultural heritage, and we believe our environment to be the perfect incubator for local and sustainable food production. Grow Food, Grow Hope is an AmeriCorps* VISTA project carried out by nine VISTA volunteers and a number of integral community partners. Our primary focus areas include community and backyard gardening, buy local campaigning, farmers markets, CSA education, youth and community outreach, research and data collection, and public relations. As an organization, we facilitate a community garden on the W.C. campus, where families and volunteers tend to 40 plots of kitchen-ready herbs and vegetables. We have devoted an acre of land on the Wilmington College farm for bulk vegetable production, and the majority of the food harvested will be donated to local food pantries. We are partnering with the city of Wilmington and the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission in a Buy Local First campaign, the Clinton County Farmer's Market, and the Energize Clinton County Demonstration Garden. Though all of these initiatives were begun well before Grow Food, Grow Hope opened its doors, we hope to offer extra outreach capacity both around the community and specifically on the Wilmington College campus. As AmeriCorps* VISTA volunteers, our service to Wilmington and the people in this community is our primary concern. We hope to engage, empower and interact with local citizens, and we invite you to join us in our efforts to reduce the effects of poverty. By growing a little food, we can sow a lot of hope.