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About Us

Welcome to the Homeless Garden Project. We are an established nonprofit organization providing job training, transitional employment and support services to individuals in Santa Cruz who are experiencing homelessness. Our dynamic employment training program is focused on stewardship, conservation and regenerative agricultural principles, teaching skills that truly transform lives for those who wish to maintain a stable, productive place in society.

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Our Mission:

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

Our Vision:

We envision a thriving and inclusive community, workforce, and local food system.

We Value:

  • The capacity of every individual for growth and renewal.

  • The joy that comes from growing and sharing healthy food.

  • The well-being created by vibrant social and natural ecosystems.

Trainees in the Program:

  • Take advantage of transitional employment in the safety of a structured environment

  • Learn basic life skills required for employment

  • Learn a variety of other marketable skills

  • Share four hot meals a week with staff, other trainees and volunteers

  • Give to the community by growing food for other programs that serve homeless and needy populations

  • Grow organic fruit, vegetables and flowers for the Santa Cruz community through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program

  • Educate students and other groups who use the garden

  • Create value-added products from farm-grown materials which are sold at our Retail Shops in Santa Cruz and Capitola and on our online store