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Homeless Garden Project

Organization Mission

In the soil of our urban, organic farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world.

Our core work is designed for people experiencing homelessness to work while receiving job training and social support in our yearlong program at our organic farm and value-added retail social enterprise where they are paid wages for their work. In the last 7 years, 97% of our graduates obtained jobs and 90% obtained housing within 3 months of completing the program.

The Big Idea 2022:
Essential Workforce Development

HGP needs the community’s support to continue to provide our core program of training and employment to people experiencing homelessness and provide essential food for the community. This year we donated tens of thousands of pounds of fresh, organic produce — this is the byproduct of our mission and allows us to help even more of our neighbors in need!

We also operate:
• The first-ever CSA program in Santa Cruz County.
• An educational volunteering program that helps to build bridges between the housed and unhoused.
• A newly expanded online retail shop. Please visit!

I can't give enough thanks to the Homeless Garden Project...As long as I can remember, I have always been searching for a place that I belong. No matter where I was, it didn’t feel right, I didn’t belong there. The Homeless Garden Project gave me the feeling that I have been looking for all my life–that I actually belong somewhere.


Brenda Deckman, Santa Cruz