Dakota EcoGarden


July 12, 2018

The Fresno Bee recently featured a story about the Dakota EcoGarden:

“There’s a place in Fresno for the homeless that has an environmentally-friendly approach”


Eco Pod Construction

 Our first eco pod living unit is currently in the process of being completed.

The Original Site of the Eco Village Project of Fresno

In July of 2012, homeless advocate Nancy Waidtlow purchased a 0.6 acre lot in West Fresno, where she founded the Dakota EcoGarden in late 2013.  It’s the original site of the Eco Village Project of Fresno and the first of its kind in the city.  There are many resources for the homeless in Fresno, but what makes it unique is its uplifting environment and democratic approach.

The Dakota EcoGarden is open to people of all walks of life – regardless of gender, race or creed.  The mission of the Dakota EcoGarden, as part of the Eco Village Project of Fresno, is to empower formerly homeless individuals with the skills needed for self-sufficient lifestyles that enable happiness, health and success.

The Dakota EcoGarden represents Nancy’s version of Architect Arthur Dyson’s original vision for an eco village.  Although the Dakota EcoGarden does not include a standard community building, the home on the property provides the same basic elements of a shared kitchen, living space and bathrooms.  The Dakota EcoGarden will encompass up to 5 single living units (eco shelters), while the original model called for up to 18.

Lastly, Dyson’s concept incorporates a commercial building that includes an art studio & art galley (pottery, sculpture and other art), a furniture repair shop & showroom and bakery.  While the Dakota EcoGarden does not incorporate this framework, it does provide residents w/ counseling, mentoring and employment opportunities.

Dakota EcoGarden Features
  • 0.6 Acre Property
  • 1800 Sq. Ft. Home
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Full Baths
  • Laundry Room
  • Computer Room
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Communal Living Room
  • Organic Garden w/ Fruits & Veggies
  • 1 Eco Village Residence (1 in Development)


Dakota EcoGarden Services
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Apprenticeships
  • Referrals
Dakota EcoGarden Activities
  • Weekly Meetings for Residents
  • Community Outreach
  • Organic Gardening
Dakota EcoGarden Contact Info


2231 W. Dakota Ave
Fresno, CA 93705

Phone #:

559-225-2767 (House Phone)
559-224-1738 (Nancy Waidtlow)




When making a donation, please include a message that indicates your payment is for the Dakota EcoGarden.

Make personal checks or money orders payable to:

The Eco Village Project of Fresno
P.O. Box 5124
Fresno, CA 93755

All major credit cards & electronic-checks are accepted via our verified non-profit 501(c)(3) PayPal account.

Thank you in advance for your generous efforts to help end homelessness in our community.

7 Comments on “Dakota EcoGarden

  1. Very nice to see the progress and the good still being done. I am building a duplication of what was done at the Dakota EcoGarden. I am on 80 acres and I intend to help as many homeless families as I can. Come visit me sometime.


  2. Wonderful project. We need the gov to subsidize such projects.


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  4. I miss all of you, and I am so thankful for the wonderful world that Dakota EcoGarden opened up for me.

    Brittani (former resident)


  5. Dear Nancy W,
    To you, Nancy H, Jeff, Bev, Gerry and all Dakota EcoGarden residents, what a lovely garden, home and spirit you have grown! 🙂


  6. Got a nice compliment on the website, Mario, from a nice woman who brought over some useful donations. -Nancy Waidtlow


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