Growing Hope Gardens
We are Growing Hope Gardens (GHG), a non-profit that implements, grows and sustains regenerative, organic food gardens with residents of affordable housing and homeless shelters in Los Angeles.
GHG was founded in 2019 by Carolyn Day, a Master Gardener who witnessed the power of edible gardens while volunteering at a homeless shelter. Having experienced homelessness as a youth, Carolyn was especially sensitive to the reality that food insecurity is often a result of transitional living.
GHG specialises in urban food growing solutions and developing onsite resident knowledge and stewardship. We convert ornamental beds into edible ones and support them with 26 yearly maintenance visits that engage residents in food growing activities. We also specialize in soil building since all of our growing happens in containers. We also have a paid work program for unhoused youth and elderly folks.
During 2021-22, we sustain 10 organic resident food gardens available 24/7 to 650 residents, have planted 9500 seedlings on 14,600 square feet of organic, urban growing space for fruits, vegetable and herbs with intergenerational residents. We also donated 28000lbs of fresh produce to our garden participants.