Hope Through Horticulture: Nurturing Plants And People
Do you sell plants to the public?
Yes, while we are a wholesale grower, and we sell plants directly to landscapers and retail nurseries. The public can buy our plants at Growing Grounds Downtown. "GGD," as we call our store, is located at 956 Chorro Street between Palm and Monterey, and is open every day. For store hours, call (805) 544-4967. The Farm is open to the public on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Regular retail prices apply.
Where can I buy your plants?
You can find our plants at several nurseries around San Luis Obispo County. Our plants all have a bright yellow tag in the pot with our flower logo. For a complete list of nurseries who buy plants from us, click here.
Can landscapers or nurseries buy direct from GGF?
Absolutely! Landscapers and nurseries are always welcome to order off our availability list or come directly to the farm. When you come out to the farm, you will see everything we have instead of relying strictly on the Weekly Availability. We offer free delivery county wide with a low minimum order. Our size and infrastructure also permit us to do Contract Growing. Contact us for details.
What are your hours?
Growing Grounds Farm is Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How can I get a copy of your availability list?
You can click on the link at the top of the page. This will take you directly to our current availability which is not priced. If you are in the trade and you would like to be included in the weekly distribution of the priced availability list please call or email us with your request.
What is Growing Grounds Farm?
GGF, a program within Transitions-Mental Health Association, is functioning non-profit wholesale nursery that provides horticultural therapy, socialization opportunities and soft job skills training for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
At the Farm we balance a traditional business model providing employment opportunities n a near competitive environment with the delivery of critically needed social services. Our goal is to grow a large selection of quality plants while providing an empowering environment where our employees progress on their path towards recovery.
How big is GGF?
The nursery is located on about 7.6 acres just outside of San Luis Obispo. Nursery stock (potted plants) covers between 2 and 3 acres of the farm. We have about 1000 varieties of plants, and a total of about 70,000 individual 4”, gallon and 5 gallon plants.
How can I volunteer at GGF?
Volunteers play a critical role at the Farm and come from a many facets of our community. Please click on the Volunteers tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Growing Grounds Farm.
Do you pay your employees?
Yes we do. Any of our employees who have an open case with SLO County Mental Health or with TMHA's Supported Employment Program are eligible for paid positions. Our employees earn minimum wage and work between 1.5 and 4 hour shifts.
What do employees and volunteers do on the farm?
It is outdoor nursery work. Being in reasonable physical condition is a requirement. We work year ‘round growing plants and preparing them for sale. Work involves weeding, pruning, transplanting, moving plants within the nursery, and more. Conditions can be hot, cold, rainy, or muddy. It is beautiful here on the Farm, and the work is rewarding.
What makes you a non-profit?
We are part of Transitions Mental Health Association, a registered 501 C3 non-profit organization. We provide a wide variety of services for people with mental illness. The money we earn selling plants goes back into our program to provide additional opportunities for the employees we serve.
What is horticultural therapy?
Horticultural therapy is based on the idea that working in a garden or other natural setting has intrinsic beneficial therapeutic effects. According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush, "reported that garden settings held curative effects for people with mental illness." For more information on horticultural therapy, you can visit this site: www.ahta.org American Horticultural Therapy Association.
I have a family member with a mental illness. How can s/he work at GGF?
Anyone can volunteer here. In order to be a paid employee, you need to have an open case with San Luis Obispo County Mental Health, and then be referred to the farm for an interview. You can get more information by calling us at (805) 543-6071, or calling the Transitions main office at (805) 540-6500.