Civic Leadership Award Honoree 2010

Amanda Maria Edmonds

Executive Director – Growing Hope

Ypsilanti, MI – Amanda Edmonds knows that synergy is more than a fancy word used in business; she lives it. As leader and implementer of Growing Hope – Edmonds and her forward-thinking organization are empowering community members to create community and school gardens and growth centers that feed neighborhoods, stock restaurants and farmers’ markets in fresh vegetables and make win-win use of urban land that would otherwise go to waste in weeds or gravel. Growing Hope’s Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market has shown how affordable, healthy food can benefit to the community and its economic development; last year, the market brought 15,000 visitors downtown who spent over $108,000, including $21,000 in food stamps and low-income incentive programs. For Growing Hope, gardens and healthy food are integral to sustainable communities, vibrant local economies and healthy families.
A subject of the book, Practical Idealist: Changing the World & Getting Paid – Edmonds does more than talk, preach and Twitter about it – she puts thought into action. Thanks to the efforts of Growing Hope, 50 Community and School Gardens are active and growing in Washtenaw County. When she’s not advocating, training, fundraising or building support systems, Edmonds captures the natural wonder and beauty of plants and vegetables through her Photography and Art Career via AMEPIX – turning her pragmatic passion into another vehicle for hope, change, energy and commerce. The school and community gardens Amanda and her team nurture, empower citizens to create lasting lifestyle changes that improve the quality of living of each and every person that Growing Hope touches. To learn more, go to
For these superb efforts, Amanda Marie Edmonds is a 2010 Twilight Civic Leadership Award Winner.

Amanda accepts award at the 2010 Twilight Awards Gala Cruise

"It was an honor to be recognized with a Twilight Award, and I applaud the dedicated group of volunteers from the Twilight Foundation. Their work raising funds to support a valiant cause--ending a childhood disease-- while also recognizing leaders in the community for their 'good work' of our region is a great example of how a few people can make an impact. The Twilight team also throws a great party-- so it's a win for everyone involved or attending!"

-Amanda Maria Edmonds, Executive Director- Growing Hope, 2010 Twilight Award Recipient

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