Pomona Hope


Save Our Garden

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The Center Street Community Garden (192 E Center St, Pomona, CA) has been “growing food, people, and hope” throughout the Pomona community.  Since the fall of 2009, the City of Pomona has generously allowed the community to grow a .35 acre garden, currently assessed at $300,000.  The garden has fifty-two 4’ X 16’ plots, and rents them to individual plot-holders for $5/ month (water, seeds, tools, and education included). In a city that consists only of 2 acres of green space per 100,000 people, with the recommended rate at 5 times that, the garden provides needed opportunities for urban farming, play and time in the outdoors, and family-centered programming in an area that is low income with low food access**. Additionally, the Garden is a central piece to After School and Summer Enrichment with Pomona Hope. Students have weekly workshops in the Garden, learning nutrition and health, seasonal cooking, environmentalism, basic biology, ecology, and so much more. Undergraduate and graduate students from surrounding colleges also volunteer and conduct research in the garden. In fact, a Cal Poly Student recently received a $5000 grant to build a butterfly farm and raised gardening beds in the garden.

The Garden is open to the public on 1st and 3rd Saturdays.

Help Us Save the Garden!

  • Donate to Pomona Hope, with “Save the Garden” in the “Comments”.
  • Send a check to “401 N. Gibbs St, Pomona, CA 91767” with “Save the Garden” in the memo.  We’ll make sure to get you a tax deductible receipt.
  • We have $300,000.00 to raise before June in order to keep Center Street Community Garden on the map!

Donors/ Sponsors

Magistro Family Foundation
The Pomona Rotary Club


UC Riverside’s Ivan Milosavljević, Ph.D.
Cal Poly Pomona’s  Teresa Lloro-Bidart, PhD Liberal Studies Department
University of La Verne’s Jaye Houston, PhD brings student volunteers and interns to the garden
Cal Poly Pomona’s Vickie M. Chan, MS, RD brings student volunteers and interns to the garden
Cal Poly’s Hermanas Unidas brings us volunteers for workdays
Institute for Public Strategies, Pomona, CA


The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Pomona
Pomona Hope Students, Families and Neighbors
Pomona Unified School District
Cal Poly Pomona
University of LaVerne
University of California – Riverside
Claremont Colleges
Institute for Public Strategies
Inland Valley Urban Agriculture Group