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General Agency Information
Name:Homeless Garden Project
Primary Phone:831-426-3609 ext. 13
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 9-5
Description:The Homeless Garden Project offers job training and transitional employment to people who are homeless in the therapeutic context of an organic garden and related enterprises.

On the farm: As long as it's not raining, our 2013 season of open volunteer hours at the farm will be from 10-2pm every Thursday and Friday until Thanksgiving.
For your first time try to get there at 10am as we give tours to all the new recruits then, but after that you are welcome to come for however long you are able to stay Wednesdays-Sundays 10-2pm. Make sure to wear sunscreen, layers, closed toe shoes, bring a water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. We all eat lunch together on weekdays around noon, and it's a great way to chat with the staff, crew and other volunteers
You are able to drop in 10am-2pm on the weekends to lend a hand to our skeleton crew at the farm. However, we aren't able to offer a farm tour or a meal for lunch.
Our farm is located just past Natural Bridges Beach at the end of Delaware Ave. Take a right onto Shaffer Road and we're about 200 yards down on the right hand side of Shaffer Road. While we don't have a registered address, but by plugging "0 Shaffer Road" to a GPS, google maps, etc. you'll find us.

In the kitchen: At the farm @ 0 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz CA
We are looking for someone to help prepare the lunches on Thursdays & Fridays. We serve lunch to our crew, trainees and volunteers Tuesday through Friday every week, usually around Noon. We are looking for a weekly commitment over a period of months for this position.

In the Office and Around: We are currently looking for the following positions at 30 West Cliff Drive in Depot Park:
Tabling - we often visit local festivals to table about ourselves and let people know more about us. We can always use more help!
- Staffing the Store - we like to have our store open as much as possible but rely on volunteers to do so. You would be manning the register, sweeping the store, stocking items as necessary, but mostly providing excellent customer service and sharing HGP with our customers.

ELIGIBILITY: Must be homeless for hiring, but volunteers and youth groups need not be homeless.

FUNDING: 54% donations, 24% sales of products, 12% grants and 10% events/business sponsorship.
Mission:In the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world.
Volunteer Info:Minimum Age: Under 16 must be accompanied by parent. Help in the gardens and greenhouse; planting, watering, weeding, harvesting. Learn about homelessness and organic gardening. On-going commitment not required but greatly appreciated. Open volunteer hours are Thursday and Friday 10am-2pm.
For Women's Organic Flower Enterprise
Minimum Age: 18. Let your creative imagination soar. Wonderful volunteer opportunities are available: organic flower and herb gardening, along with dried flower arranging in the workshop.
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:See Description Notes
Subject Headings
 Garden Tours
Homeless Individuals
Job Training
Private Nonprofits
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified November 5, 2014

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