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Assessing HGP’s Long Term Impact

Over the past 12 years, staff and faculty at the UCSC Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance have worked with HGP to document trainee growth and the transformative power of the farm. In addition to asking trainees … Continue reading

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2014 Annual Report: Training Program

Relationships, engagement, accomplishment and positive emotion all play an integral part in well-being. A strength of our training program is our investment in the whole person, so that trainees can sustain their well being after graduation. This is how trainees … Continue reading

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Homeless Garden Project Store Grows Up

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My First Month in Homeless Garden Project’s Transitional Job Program

  The Homeless Garden Project is about growth, learning and starting new life. As a trainee, I’m learning so many valuable tools in gardening, planting and harvesting. Before I started working at the farm, I hadn’t worked in eight years. … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: From The Garden Company Owner, Charlie Keutmann

  In early February I was invited to give a brief presentation to trainees of the Homeless Garden Project to share some of the things an employer looks for in the job application and interview process. There was a lively … Continue reading

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Supporters Advocate for HGP’s Programs

Supporters Advocate for HGP's Programs

The City of Santa Cruz is an important partner in our work of providing Transitional jobs to people who are homeless.  Here, several voices advocate to Santa Cruz City Council members  on behalf of HGP and the people we serve. … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Tackling The Structural Sources of Homelessness

In recent months, public concern about safety has increasingly zeroed in on Santa Cruz’s homeless population. Sadly, this attention has focused on reducing support for vulnerable groups and pushing unhoused people out of community spaces rather than addressing the root … Continue reading

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Nourishing Soil: Joan’s story

Here is the story that Joan shared with Michael Pollan after he toured the farm. She was very brave to write it and speak it, and that courage was palpable when she shared. Later, Raphael, an accomplished  SJSU film student, … Continue reading

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