Hope Through Horticulture: Nurturing Plants And People

 

Nursery Supporters

Growing Grounds Farm’s plants are available in nurseries throughout San Luis Obispo County. Look for our bright yellow tag at these supporters.

Bay Laurel Nursery – Atascadero
Cambria Nursery and Florist
Educated Gardener - Santa Margarita
Farm Supply San Luis Obispo
Finley Family Nursery -Templeton
Golden Hills Garden Center -Paso Robles
Growing Grounds Downtown – San Luis Obispo
Heart's Ease - Cambria
Los Osos Valley Nursery
Miner's Arroyo Grande
Miner's Atascadero
Miner’s Grover Beach
Miner's Morro Bay
Miner’s San Luis Obispo
Moore's Western Nursery
Sage EcoGardens – Los Osos
Treeman Nursery -Templeton

 

Landscape Supporters

Growing Grounds Farm has been a plant source for landscapers for years. We strive to produce plants that meet both aesthetic and wise water-use needs. We serve scores of landscapers throughout San Luis Obispo County. Some of our biggest supporters include:

August Company
Earthscapes
Emerald Landscaping
Fast Landscape
Gardens by Gabriel
Groundskeeper Lawn Maintenance
Healing Earth Designs
J. Doyle Landscape
Madrone Landscapes
Ncredible Edibles
Sage Ecological Landscapes
St. Francis Landscape
Sustainable Organic Landscapes
TomaScapes

 

Restoration Supporters

One area of focus for Growing Grounds is the propagation and growing out of restoration and mitigation nursery stock. We always have locally collected native plants available. Two of the County’s largest non-profit restoration organizations contract with us yearly to provide plants for their restoration efforts.

Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo
Althouse and Meade Inc.
City of Atascadero
City of Morgan Hill
KCI Environmental
Morro Coast Audubon Society

 

Grants

The Hind Foundation

Through a grant from the Hind Foundation Growing Grounds Farm was able to refurbish all three of our greenhouses and install metal benches, micro-tubing bench heating systems, and mist controllers throughout. As a result of these upgrades our propagation efforts increased from several thousand plants per year to nearly 30,000 plants in 2010. Many of these are difficult to find California natives derived from locally collected seeds and cuttings.

Clif Foundation

A grant from the Clif Family Foundation paid for improvements to our acid injection system. This system measures the pH of the water and adds amendments to improve water quality. The Clif Foundation grant improved the system so pH can be calibrated to within .2 of a desired target and maintains that range under variable flow rates yielding healthier plants and less reliance on chemical fertilizers.

United Way

United Way grants help support the program in a variety of ways providing 200 to 400 additional work shifts per year at the Farm providing employment opportunities for over 200 individuals.

Human Relations Commission of San Luis Obispo County

The HRC of San Luis Obispo supports the Farm through a grant used to fund over 100 paid positions yearly.

PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric has provided grant funding for the construction of our third greenhouse and improvements in our water storage capacity. In a major effort to reduce the operating costs of the nursery, PG&E also helped fund the acquisition and installation of a grid tied 3 kilowatt photovoltaic array that has significantly reduced our yearly energy bill.

 

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