What We Do
Since 2011, GrowGood has been working with the Salvation Army to develop a garden-based program for the residents of the Bell Shelter that uses healthy food and gardening as a catalyst for healing.
Our 1.5 -acre farm consists of a an orchard of 71 fruit trees, 14 raised vegetable garden beds, a 1/2 acre area of in-round row crops, and a California native plant garden filled with over 300 flowering, drought-tolerant plants. GrowGood’s vegetable growing areas and trees are all connected to a state-of-the-art Netafim drip irrigation system.
We provide the Salvation Army’s Bell Homeless Shelter residents with
Food: Growing farm fresh fruits and vegetables
GrowGood's farm provides a variety of nutritious, fresh produce to the Shelter's kitchen daily. In 2015, GrowGood provided 2,400 lbs of produce to the Shelter's kitchen. In 2016, we reached over 7,100 lbs. In 2017, we project will be able to supply 18,000 lbs of produce to the Shelter's kitchen, more than doubling 2016's output. Our increased output is the result of hard work from our farm managers and interns, years of soil rehabilitation paying off, and systematizing our growing and harvesting calendar.
GrowGood fruit and vegetable production
therapy FOR shelter residents
Green space provides an opportunity for shelter residents to connect with nature.
GrowGood’s farm is a beautiful, green space for residents to enjoy. In 2014, GrowGood planted a California native garden designed by Landscape Architect Elliot Richman that is filled with over 300 flowering, draught tolerant plants. Most of the species represented in our native garden are part of the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community that covered much of the Los Angeles basin before it was cleared for development. The plants have evolved over thousands of years to thrive here without supplemental water, fertilizers, or pesticides.
Food for Life classes help residents grow
In addition to providing food to the Shelter’s kitchen and green space for residents to gather and socialize, GrowGood farm provides ongoing and frequent learning opportunities for Shelter clients about the principles of organic gardening. GrowGood’s Jayne Torres, teaches GrowGood’s “Food for Life” garden class for Shelter residents. The garden class consists of classroom instruction, hands on training, mindfulness exercises, and ongoing maintenance of the farm.
“The garden class taught me to be more patient. It allowed me to take time to focus on the important parts of my recovery and not to sweat the small stuff.” - Kat I.
job opportunities: helpING shelter
residents regain their independence
GrowGood's Culinary Program provides eight weeks of kitchen job-preparedness training for veterans, a two-week externship and job placement assistance. Instruction includes training in food safety, essential kitchen skills, such as equipment use and knife skills, as well as sauces and food preparations.
Our goal is to provide the training and experience needed to help veterans get jobs in the food industry.
Transitional Employment program
For GrowGood’s job training program, the basic premise is that the best way to teach how to be employed is to employ. This program employs shelter residents and provides foundational job skills that can be applied to a variety of career pathways. These paid positions include hands-on farming jobs on the GrowGood Farm, providing the tools and training to help shelter residents regain their independence.