Project HOPE

Project HOPE is a youth- and science-based program to teach middle school students STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through gardening. The goals are to help students understand STEM concepts and begin to apply these concepts in growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. The HOPE is that by learning about and applying STEM concepts, the students will develop a love of science and math that will carry them throughout their educational careers (Project Hope website, 2022).  In addition to STEM concepts, there is a financial aspect  to the program where students learn to manage money, and an intergenerational aspect when students distribute their garden products and interact with area senior citizens. 

Project HOPE is a joint venture between the Blount County Master Gardeners and Alcoa Middle School and supported by civic organizations such as City of Alcoa.   

Learn more about this great program on the Project HOPE website:

For additional information, please contact Logan Hill via email at:

UPDATE for July: Today at Project Hope we started with tomatoes and their origins, followed by going into the gardens, learning about weeds, identifying them, and planting some new crops! We ended the morning learning about a new herb called tarragon, and tasting a fresh orzo, corn, string bean and cherry tomato salad with a tarragon vinaigrette.  We ended with a chocolate chip no-bake cookie dough ball! Another fun morning with students, teachers, and volunteers!

Check out the video below to see Day One Excitement, 2022!

Day One Excitement, 2022

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