Home & Garden Digest – Santa Cruz Sentinel


Homeless Garden Project organizes a day of service

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP) is holding its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service for community members from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on January 17 at the Homeless Garden Project farm on Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz. Homeless Garden Project invites the community to perform winter farming chores to prepare for spring planting.

Martin Luther King Day of Service is an annual event where community members are encouraged to volunteer in their community. Volunteers will be able to work on several different projects that take place on the farm. As a small production farm, the Homeless Garden Project will adjust the farm tasks according to the weather. “Please prepare yourself with the flexibility to work on different tasks!” It’s a great opportunity to come to the farm and connect with HGP, make a difference and connect with the community, ”said HGP Volunteer Coordinator Omar Guzman.

During lunch, the community will hear from a guest speaker and an intern from the Homeless Garden Project. If it rains, the event will be postponed to January 23.


Grassland Association accepts scholarship applications

The California Native Grassland Association (CNGA) is now accepting applications for the 2022 California Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship (GRASS). CNGA will provide competitive research funds to promote undergraduate and graduate student research focused on understanding, preserving, and restoring California’s native grassland ecosystems in line with CNGA’s mission and goals. CNGA funds at least four $ 500 scholarships per year. These scholarships are designed to support basic undergraduate and graduate research on native grassland ecosystems. The funds can be used to finance field work, the purchase of small equipment, herbarium visits, materials and / or books. Students can reapply and receive a scholarship for a maximum of two years. To learn more and to apply, visit cnga.org.


Santa Cruz Permaculture offers early bird discount

Visit santacruzpermaculture.com to learn more and to register for Spring 2022 courses and classes. Offerings include Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Advanced Design and more. The Super Early Bird discount ends January 1. Santa Cruz Permaculture is also looking for farmland to rent or buy. They are seeking land to expand educational programs and farm operations, including immersion in the farm and nature, and to grow fruits, flowers, vegetables, herbs, and a small-scale nursery. Requirements are at least 1 acre of flat land with a well, within 30 minutes of Santa Cruz. Email info.santacruzpermaculture@gmail.com or call 831-216-8208.


Master gardeners publish gardening tips

Monterey Bay Master Gardeners is a non-profit program that supports the work of the UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties program. The organization promotes resources, courses and more to local gardeners. Currently, the website features “The Holiday Season Brings Poisonous Plants Into Your Home” and “Western Origin of Honey Bees: It’s in the Genes”. To view these articles and more, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. To submit items for the calendar, including events, meetings, resources, or anything related to the garden, send an email to sentinelhomeandgarden@gmail.com.

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