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ORGANIZATION: Pasadena Native Plant Project

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The Pasadena Native Plant Project seeks a volunteer grant writer to help us secure our first round of funding for our inaugural project: The Harmony House Food Forest! PNPP is partnering with Victory Starts Now, an organization which provides homes and treatment for homeless individuals with serious mental disorders who have been diverted from LA County’s increasingly vast jail system. Their simple model of harm reduction and housing first has been successful in removing thousands of persons with mental illnesses from incarceration. The Harmony House Food Forest project will provide an empowering, healing, and educational program for the community members of one of VSN’s leased properties, Harmony House in South Los Angeles. Through this program, the residents themselves will be enabled to greatly improve their own home, neighborhood, and quality of life. In our initial meetings with the members of Harmony House, we learned about the residence to some 20 men, which sits in a neighborhood lacking shade and green space, and has an empty garden plot with heavily compacted and nutrient deprived soil in which little can grow. They have built some planter boxes and the community members of Harmony House wish to grow some fruit trees, annual vegetables, and culinary herbs, interlaced with a pollinator garden comprised of native plants. In the midst of a severe global heatwave and record drought in our own region, the issues surrounding water-conservation, ecology, and sustainability are at the foremost of our concerns. To address these topics, we will be developing a garden program that draws from emerging restoration and permaculture strategy, employing various water-conservation and phytoremediation techniques. For example, we will employ the use of drought-adapted native plants to attract pollinators, companion planting, composting, rain-barrels, hugelkultur, soil-sponging, swale-building, etc. Our goal is to create a naturally regenerating garden using minimal irrigation and imported materials, and add to the biodiversity, ecological habitat, and cooling effects of green space in the area.

We are currently crowdfunding our first round of support for this project. However, there are literally 100’s of these types of properties around LA and we would like to scale up our capabilities in order to address more fully the scope of the opportunity. We also have an ongoing public school garden project that we need to secure grant money in order to continue our work. We would like to be able to hire a full time grant writer and pay them a competitive wage, but we need help getting up to that point.

Ideally the candidate would have experience in grant writing and a working vocabulary pertaining to our field of work(urban reforestation, intersection environmental justice, etc), and share our passion for our mission. Please submit a cover letter and cv to parker@hardycalifornians.com we look forward to hearing from you!

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About Pasadena Native Plant Project


1308 E Colorado Blvd, #318, Pasadena, CA 91106, US

Mission Statement

The Pasadena Native Plant Project inspires, supports and empowers people to restore healthy, native habitat and develop lasting personal connections within our neighborhoods. By providing an accessible platform to learn to grow, plant and care-for native plants and native plant gardens, we engage the public through outreach, education, volunteerism, collaboration. PNPP allows for affordable access to high-quality, locally-grown native plants and related goods & materials.


The Pasadena Native Plant Project, a recently formed 501(c)3, was founded by a group of local native plant enthusiasts in order to create a vehicle for a number of community-based restoration, education, and urban gardening projects. We work with local non-profits, schools, and community members to develop public garden projects which emphasize the use of local native plants, and other strategies for water-conservation, habitat restoration and sustainability. We have designed and implemented several gardens at local public schools, working with students, teachers and parents, to improve the quality of their campus’ and the quality of life for those who use them. For our most recent project, we have partnered with Victory Starts Now, who provide housing to homeless people suffering from serious mental disorders who have been diverted from LA County’s vast jail system. We are developing a gardening therapy program for their residents in which the community members will learn permaculture, ecology, water conservation and more while helping to rehabilitate good habitat in their neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles.


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