In the News

Our Downtown Holiday Store is open for Valentine's Day gifts for your sweetie!

Join us at 1338 Pacific Ave. (right next to El Palomar) every day from February 8th thru the 18th from 11am - 5pm to pick up gifts with meaning for the love(s) in your life.

Get in the mood for Valentines Day. Love your "punkin," love the earth: Learn about and sign up for our Community Supported Agriculture program. We look forward to seeing you at the store.

Contact JustinW[at]homelessgardenproject.org for more info on volunteering at the store!

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Our Capitola Village Store is open Fri - Sun.

Visit us at 222 Esplanade every Friday thru Sunday, 11 AM - 5 PM. You'll find a fun selection of treats and gifts!

Thanks to all who joined us for a meaningful Day of Service at the Farm this Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday on January 21.. We had great talks from City Councilmembers Drew Glover and Justin Cummings, a chance to play in the soil and a nice lunch, all benefiting our non-profit organization serving individuals experiencing homelessness.

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Congratulations to our Farm Manager, Anthony Reyes, for being named by the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) as one of twenty of California's Emerging Food Systems Leaders.

We're thrilled that Anthony was honored by Berkeley Food Institute's Hungry for Change, a project featuring California innovators working to transform food and agriculture systems within their community and beyond. BFI highlighted 20 up-and-coming trailblazers who represent a broad range of geographic regions, areas of reform, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Thanks to everyone that came out to our July 14th Sustain Supper fund raiser on the farm featuring Jimmy Panetta!

It was a beautiful evening on the farm with a delicious meal created by our volunteer chefs shared by all. Moving talks were given by Congressman Jimmy Panetta, HGP crew member Rick Buchalter, and Santa Cruz City Council member Cynthia Chase.

Chefs for the evening included Peter Henry from The Cremer House in Felton, Yulanda Santos from Aubergine in Carmel, Sarah LaCasse, Chef Consultant for Earthbound Farms in Monterey, Steve Wilson from Cafe Cruz in Santa Cruz, and Emilse Pereira Beck of FoodZense in San Francisco. 


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Our Mission & Future

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

Read our Mission, Vision, Values Statement

Pogonip Farm, the Homeless Garden Project’s new home located on 9 acres within the City of Santa Cruz’s Pogonip greenbelt property, will triple our job training capacity through a public-private partnership.  Serving as a national model, Pogonip Farm will be the heart of HGP’s dynamic agriculture program for people who are experiencing homelessness by teaching skills that transform lives, as well as provide volunteer opportunities for community members.

HGP will bring a focus on stewardship, conservation and regenerative agriculture principles to Pogonip Farm.

We’re excited that the Pogonip Farm project is moving forward! After we held a well-attended meeting in August to inform the community of our move, in mid-September we presented our updated plans for Pogonip Farm to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Following the presentation, we received our design permit and are now beginning the agricultural conversion of the land.

Preparation for planting a “cover crop” in Spring 2019 includes a City-permitted removal of 18 non-native Acacia trees that are of heritage size. All oak trees will be preserved. In addition, the Homeless Garden Project is making a $2,700.00 donation to the Santa Cruz Tree Trust Fund as required by the permit process.

This spring, we will invite the greater Santa Cruz community to participate in this extraordinary opportunity for the Homeless Garden Project to make Pogonip Farm a reality. Stay tuned!

Thank you to all who attended Growing HGP! See KSBW's coverage of the event here!

Learn some of the Pogonip History

Support our work

View our 2017 Annual Report on Impact

The Homeless Garden Project's employment-training program serves individuals in Santa Cruz county who are homeless or formerly homeless, who have experienced barriers to employment, and who wish to maintain a stable productive place in society. 

Find out if you're eligible.

A Year in PHOTOS

Take a look at some of the highlights from 2017 in a photo essay.

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Get Involved

Want the freshest local organic produce you can find--and make a difference in our community? Sign up for our 2019 CSA season! You'll get 23 weeks of organic produce grown in our programs at Natural Bridges Farm.

Subscribe to our Community Supported Agriculture program: weekly shares of organic produce from May - October 2019; both Pick-up and You-Pick shares available; plus our NEW Fall extension--an additional 4 weeks of organic produce! Prices are prorated.

More info here and buy your share online!

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Come on out to the farm to volunteer during the summer months: Thursdays/Fridays from 10 AM - 2 PM, and Saturday/Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM. Rain cancels drop in hours. Check out other Volunteer Opportunities here.

Map to Natural Bridges Farm

We're grateful to all those that came out to the farm for the Cesar Chavez Day of Service on March 31, 2018!

Thank you to all who came out for the Martin Luther King National Day of Service on January 15, 2018!

"We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

 


Shop at our Natural Bridges Farm Stand Tuesday - Sun:
10 AM - 4 PM

You-Pick organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.

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Wishlist Material donations provide the hands-on essentials that directly help people in our programs. If you are looking for ways to make a difference, consider a gift of material goods.

We are looking for Social Work Volunteers! Learn more here