Agricultural Work and the Benefits to Well-being on the Homeless Garden Project Farm

The Homeless Garden Project Farm provides an avenue for Agriculture Therapy. It is a site for the community to come together and experience healing, growth, and solace. My Journey with HGP The Homeless Garden Project is a unique site representing strength and resilience in the Santa Cruz community. This farm provides a healing and therapeutic setting for everyone involved.  During …

A Second Opportunity

Being homeless I am never happy, but sometimes I am content. Since I started working for HGP and earning a paycheck I have been content. My god, just having a bike that’s not stolen is a godsend. I use to have to walk everywhere, about 8 miles a day for most of a year.

Belonging to Something Bigger Than Myself

If you would have told me just a few short months ago that I will be asked to speak for the city of Santa Cruz, honestly I would’ve told you that you were crazy. No one tells you life is easy. But I believe it is as hard as you make it, and I made my life extremely hard for …

Systems of Poverty: Understanding Structural Causes of Homelessness

Presented by Morgan Bishop When we talk about the causes of homelessness, we must first understand that there is no one main cause, meaning there is no single solution. The factors that have contributed to the crisis of homelessness that we see today cut across the sectors of politics, the legal system, economic spheres, social welfare systems, and ideology. To …

Warmth and Artistry: An Evening with Chef David Kinch

Pick up fresh veggies from the farm, with a wine gift bag, and join us for an online gathering with acclaimed chef David Kinch! Tickets available HERE. About this event HGP continues our Sustain in Place: A series of at-home tastings, with a keynote video presentation from acclaimed chef David Kinch! David will be demonstrating how to cook a recipe from his new cookbook At …

CSA FAQ

GENERAL What is CSA? Homeless Garden Project’s CSA was the first in Santa Cruz county! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is an economical way to source local, organic vegetables. It serves as a means for community members to become more invested in where and how your food is grown and establish a closer, direct connection with the farmer …

Our Beloved 2020-2021 Social Work Team

“Since working here, I now have people that care about me and people that care about what I do. I have people that will applaud me if I do well and will be concerned if I falter.” –Cody Davis, HGP trainee Someone to talk to, someone I can be vulnerable with, my social worker has gone above and beyond to …