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 …

A Light, A Raft, An Outstretched Hand

I am truly honored to be asked to speak today honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His work and message of non-violence, unity, and love has deeply impacted many lives across the world. He worked to dismantle the systems of inequality that created conditions of poverty for so many communities worldwide. He believed that hunger and poverty were not individual …

We Are Not Meant To Suffer Alone

Hello. My name is Patricia and this is the first time I’ve told my story. I was born in “fabulous” Las Vegas on the first day of summer, in 1973. Growing up in that hot desert valley was a stark contrast to the wet alfalfa farm in Utah that my grandmother moved to Vegas from. My grandfather left her to …

Cultivating Growth with Seedfolks

Tickets available HERE! HGP’s third event of the Sustain in Place: A series of at-home tastings, features readings from Seedfolks, by Newberry Medal winner Paul Fleischman. This story, suitable for both adults and children, is of a diverse cast of characters transforming an empty lot in Cleveland, Ohio into a community garden and the transformations that they personally experience. The story resonates with HGP’s …

Living Up to the Memory of My Parents

Hello my name is Cody Davis. I am 33 years old and I’m a native of California, being born in Monterey County in the mountains of Carmel Valley. I would like to share with you my experience with the Homeless Garden Project and the significant change in my life since becoming a trainee.  I would like to start by giving …