Darrie Ganzhorn is the executive director of the Homeless Garden Project, a 3-acre organic farm and garden in Santa Cruz, California where, as the mission statement reads, “people find the tools they need to build a home in the world.” The project provides job training, transitional employment, and support services. Trainees and volunteers grow and harvest fruits and vegetables that sustain daily lunches and fundraising farm dinners. The Homeless Garden Project also provides fresh produce for low income families and nonprofits, from the AIDS Project to a program working with foster youth. Darrie came to the Homeless Garden Project in 1991, when she started working one-on-one with Project trainees. In this episode, Darrie speaks with Chelsea about the farm as a sanctuary and job training site.
photo credit: Keren Reichler