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
Growing farm fresh fruits and vegetables in the middle of Los Angeles
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 grows year over year
Providing therapy to 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.
“Providing job opportunities to help shelter residents regain their independence
We want to help shelter residents get back on their feet and regain their independence.
For GrowGood’s job training program, the basic premise is that the best way to teach how to be employed is to employ. This also goes hand in hand with the therapeutic aspect of the program. Not only does GrowGood's commercial growing business provide paid work opportunities for Shelter residents, but also a revenue stream to support GrowGood's other garden-related programming.