The Homeless Garden Project is building a new permanent home, Pogonip Farm. Located within the City of Santa Cruz’s Pogonip greenbelt, this new home will allow us to triple our capacity to transform lives and build community connections through a public-private partnership.

Serving as a national model, Pogonip Farm will be the heart of HGP’s dynamic agriculture program to help find homes and provide job training for people who are experiencing homelessness, provide volunteer opportunities for community members, and land stewardship through organic farming.

Percentage Reached of goal

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We’ve raised $3.2 of our $3.5 million Dollar goal to fund buildings, farm and infrastructure
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You can help BUILD THE FARM by making a multi-year pledge or a gift to fund one-time costs to build the new Farm Center at Pogonip consisting of our Administrative and Kitchen Building, a barn and greenhouses to triple the size of our current farm site.
Increase Stability and Sustainability
The site triples the current farm and garden acreage, providing space for fruit trees, other long-term plantings, and more varieties of vegetables and herbs.
Consolidate Operations
Since our beginning, we’ve operated on temporary land with separate office space. This new site will allow us to move the majority of our operations to Pogonip creating new efficiencies for our operations.
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Your three-year pledge can help us GROW OUR IMPACT. At our new larger farm site, we will serve more people who are experiencing homelessness, provide more volunteer opportunities for community members, and grow more organic food for those in need.

  • We will triple the number of Transitional Employment positions we offer each year.
  • 100% of trainee graduates obtained stable housing and employment in 2018 and our last three classes of trainee graduates had job placement rates over 85%!
  • We will grow and distribute more organic food to people in need. In 2018, we grew over 7,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce which was distributed to nonprofits throughout Santa Cruz County feeding 2,500 people.
Triple Job Training
The Project’s 12-month limited-term employment and training program will be able to move many more people into gainful employment and stable lives.
Grow More Food
The site triples the current farm and garden acreage, providing space for fruit trees, other long-term plantings, and more varieties of vegetables and herbs.
Expand Public Education
Homeless Garden Project provides educational opportunities to our volunteers through hands-on experience, workshop, tours and service-learning. In 2019, we hosted nearly 2,500 volunteers across our organization.

Expand Community Engagement
Volunteers participate in a wide range of activities, from farming, to fundraising, to helping produce artisan value-added products.