Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Growing Home Community Garden

Winner of the 2010 NEN Community Challenge Grant Award, the Growing Home Community Garden’s (GHCG) mission is to provide a community garden where both homeless and housed San Franciscans work side-by-side to grow nutritious food, access green space, and build community.

53% of the gardening work at GHCG is done by homeless and formerly homeless individuals. Project Homeless Connect, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, Department of Public Works, San Francisco Clean City Coalition, Farms to Grow, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, and many others, are working to make Growing Home a functional, sustainable, and educational green space while increasing efficient use of the city’s resources for our homeless population.

Seeding Resilience is the Growing Home Community Garden's (GHCG) new project to increase access to mental health services and increase employment opportunities and skills. A two year innovation project with major support provided by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the Seeding Resilience project is 75% focused on the GHCG (Octavia & Lily) and 25% on Urban Agricultural leaders in San Francisco to build a citywide network of support for mental health consumers.

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