Job-Training & Transitional Employment

The Homeless Garden Project's employment-training program serves individuals in Santa Cruz county who are homeless, who have experienced barriers to employment, and who wish to maintain a stable productive place in society. Occasionally we make exceptions for people who were recently homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.


Our training consists of formal classes and hands-on work in these programs:

  • In the Natural Bridges Farm program trainees learn to sow, cultivate, and harvest organic produce and fresh cut flowers. This harvest is sold through our Community Supported Agriculture program.

  • In our value-added enterprise trainees learn to dry a wide variety of herbs and flowers and design beautiful, long-lasting arrangements and other value-added products, which we sell online and at our downtown retail store.

The best way to apply is to meet us on the farm on a Thursday or Friday between 10am and 2pm. We encourage you to spend some time at the farm to confirm that this is something you can commit to and meets your needs. If it seems like a good fit, you will be asked to apply. When there are openings, farm staff will review applications and call qualified candidates for interviews.

Contact Training Supervisor Evan Jones at


"I began to feel good about what I was accomplishing and a spark began to ignite inside of me."
- Chris Roberts