• heirloom tomatoes

Project Grow's 2017 Plant Sale

Every year Project Grow holds a plant sale offering hard to find heirloom tomatoes, peppers and basil.  This year we are offering 69 varieties of tomatoes, 20 varieties or peppers, 5 varieties of basil.

In addition, this year we are also offering onions, leeks, lisianthus, sweet peas, broccoli, cabbage, kale and chard!

The peppers and basil will be started at the end of February and the tomatoes in mid-March.  These are large, husky plants sold in 3.5" pots.  We are growing them in our hoop house at Dawn Farm so they are already acclimated to cool temperatures, outdoor sunshine and spring breezes.



We had a couple crop failures this year and lost most or all of our:

  • Spicy Globe basil - Genovese and purple basil still available.
  • Mini Belle sweet pepper - consider Sweet Pimento or Sheepnose Pimento as substitutes.
  • Chocolate sweet pepper - consider Sweet Purple Beauty as a substitute.
  • Thai basil - Genovese and purple basil still available.
  • Quadrato di Asti Rosso - consider California Wonder as a substitute.


Tomatoes, peppers and basil cannot tolerate freezing temperatures and must be brought inside or protected from late spring frost. The leeks, lisianthus, sweet peas, brassicas and chard are all cold hardy and can planted out right away.

Shoppers may visit the sale on:

  • Friday May 12th, 4 pm-8 pm
  • Saturday May 13th, 10 am-1 pm

Drive around the back of the main building at Dawn Farm and go to the hoop house. Please do not go to the office at Dawn Farm unless you want to buy eggs!

Advance Order for the Plant Sale

Every year, some gardeners find that their favorite choices have already sold out by the time they can make it to the sale. To remedy this problem, gardeners can order plants ahead of time and pick them during the regular sale hours at Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek.  

Advance orders are filled in the order received and all are filled prior to the regular sale.

If you are interested in advance ordering plants, this is what you need to do:

  1. Choose the plants you would like from the 2017 Catalog.
  2. Print our order form and fill in your name, contact information, and the plants you wish to order. We ask that you print our form so we can use the numbered codes on the forms and the plant tags to fill your order. This is important because we are growing so many varieties and not all our volunteers are familiar with the names.

  3. Mail the order form and a check payable to "Project Grow" for your order. The plants are $3 each. Our address is: Project Grow · P.O. Box 130293 · Ann Arbor, MI 48113

  4. Pick up your order on Friday May 12th 4 pm to 8 pm or Saturday May 13th, 10 am to 1 pm at Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek in Ypsilanti.  These will be the only days and hours during which orders may be picked up.

To make this work, we ask that our customers follow a few simple requests. Please read these limitations carefully, and if you cannot meet these requirements, please do not advance order plants, but come to the sale in person to make your purchases!

  • You must pay for your order by check by Saturday May 6th. Orders that are received later than May 6th or are not paid for will not be pulled and saved for you.

  • You must come to Dawn Farm to pick up your order. If you can't make it, ask a friend to pick up the order for you. Orders which are not picked up during the assigned days and hours will be lost and you will receive no refund.

There is always the possibility of disasters and crop failures with plants, but we will try to keep the list up to date if this happens.

Other Vendors

Other vendors will also be at the sale!

Woody Plants from AMPY

Ypsilanti's permaculture group, AMPY, will also be offering 6"-3' bare root woody plants for only $3-$5 each. Closer to the sale we will list what AMPY will be offering:

Nature and Nurture Seeds and Nursery

Nature and Nurture will be offering:

Heirloom Vegetable Seeds  for $4
Potted Fruit Trees, Fruit Shrubs, Fruit Vines, Fruiting Groundcovers, and Perennial Vegetables for $12-60
Vermiculture products from Starr Valley Farm