We are pioneering a sustainable model to create urban agriculture programs that empower people and transform communities.
GrowGood, Inc., a Los Angeles based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is working in partnership with the Salvation Army's Bell Homeless Shelter, to transform the 1.5-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Shelter into a small farm. The purpose of the farm is to provide the Shelter's kitchen with substantial quantities of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables as well as therapeutic and job training opportunities for the Shelter’s residents, many of whom are veterans.
The Bell Shelter, in the city of Bell (just 8 miles from Downtown Los Angeles), is located in a covered 40,000 square foot hangar formerly used as a WWII U.S. military base. The Bell Shelter is the largest homeless shelter west of the Mississippi River. The Shelter operates a comprehensive program that offers transitional care for up to 350 homeless men, women, and veterans. The Shelter serves over 6,000 meals per week, and is located in an area characterized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a “food desert.”