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HOPE Garden: Hands On Personal Empowerment

HOPE Garden: Hands On Personal Empowerment

Implementing Agency (IA)

Department of Health

Key Contacts

Christine Ciancetta
IA co-Lead
Email Christine

HOPE Garden: Hands On Personal Empowerment SNAP Ed Program

About Us

HOPE Garden engages Mason County youth to become empowered, productive members of their community and the world they will inherit. HOPE staff are passionate. They love food, health, and outdoor education. At HOPE, youth learn to be stewards of the land, to take care of their bodies, and to love and respect each other. At HOPE, we believe that good health begins with how we feed ourselves, how we take care of our bodies, and how we engage with the community.

HOPE Garden teaches job skills, leadership, communication, social justice, nutrition, and health all through a garden modality. Youth are engaged at every level of our work from building the gardens, maintaining the gardens, and of course, eating from the gardens. Through our holistic, hands-on approach youth gain valuable life experience, learn about healthy food options, and get to have a lot of fun.

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HOPE Garden Project

Meet our Team!

HOPE Garden Project
Rachel Uberman

Contact Us

Rachel Uberman,

Current Programming

Direct Education

  • YPAR – Middle and High school
  • Around the Table – Middle and High school
  • Nutrition to Grow On


  • YPAR projects with older youth
  • Gardening: outdoor classroom, older youth in garden, 4th grade farmer program, community garden
  • Food waste reduction
  • Farm to food bank / Gleaning

Community Partners

  • Community Lifeline
  • Shelton School District
  • Mason General Hospital
  • Hands On Personal Empowerment Board of Directors
  • ResCare
  • The City of Shelton
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Community Lifeline
  • Squaxin Island Tribe
  • The Whole Kids Foundation
  • Mason County Health Department
  • Mason County Conservation District:
  • Saints Pantry
  • CSO
  • Skokomish Valley Farms
  • Southsound Fresh