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.


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