Greenhouse

The Y Greenhouse, located in the Carol Van Andel Healthy Living Center, allows a wide variety of groups including; youth, seniors, individuals with diversabilties, veterans, and so many others an opportunity to get their hands dirty while engaging their senses.  Participants learn the basics, including:

  • How to grow healthy plants, starting from seed or seedlings
  • What to grow, from herbs to veggies
  • How to sort produce in an accessible and safe setting
  • The agricultural and entrepreneurial skills needed to sell what has been grown
  • Access to comprehensive cooking programs in our Teaching Kitchen

This space is designed to provide an inclusive agriculture experience for a wide range of participants. In addition, programs include horticultural-based therapy for individuals with mobility restrictions, which is a widely recognized as a practical treatment for people in need of post-acute rehabilitation services.

The YMCA Veggie Vans will play a vital role in this educational process by providing the new growers a venue for selling the herbs and crops raised in the Greenhouse and accessible gardens.

Greenhouse

If you are interested in learning more, please send an email to activate@grymca.org or call us at 616.885.5912. For media inquiries contact 616.855.9668.