Exactly What I Needed

The popularity of the Growing Works job-training program shows the importance of work in one’s life, particularly for those with mental health challenges. We were delighted to see dozens of people sign up for the program in its first opening weeks, and begin working at the wholesale plant nursery. The need for this program could … Read more

Growing Works Blooms!

Planting the Seed Like Johnny Appleseed spreading the seeds of bounty to places near and far, the successful Growing Grounds Farm in San Luis Obispo planted the seed for our Growing Works nursery in Camarillo. Their successful model of job training and horticultural therapy for people with mental illness is based on decades of experience. … Read more

A Veteran’s Success Story

Stephen Prince is a Vietnam-era veteran. He became homeless after illness left him disabled and unable to work as a master plumber. Stephen says, “I served in the U.S. Navy, five years on U.S.S. Enterprise as Aviation Ordnance Technician. Due to four different heart attacks, I wound up homeless. Pretty much lost everything: family, friends, … Read more

Tuff Sheds for River Haven

If you haven’t been there, you have never seen anything like this! River Haven is a self-governing community of 23 formerly-homeless people. They have been living in cleverly-designed Geodesic domes that have surpassed their lifespan of five years. We are entering a new chapter in the River Haven journey and are investing in small houses … Read more

Spring Has Sprung at Growing Works

Just in time for Arbor Day, we’re excited to see our first plants sprout at the Growing Works nursery, and how appropriate that they are Quercus Lobatas, valley oaks that will grow strong and resilient. These are the same attributes we hope to inspire in the nursery’s employees who will be empowered with jobs and … Read more

Growing Works Rock Party

A hearty thank you to the volunteers who made it to our Rock Party held on March 10, 2018 Can you believe we piled eight truckloads of rocks to be used for our Demonstration Gardens? And that same day CSUCI psychology students started our first potting project with acorns that will grow into oaks for … Read more