Growing Grounds
Growing Hope

Around the Nursery

A day at growing grounds is full of hard work, problem solving and most importantly recovery for its workers.

2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – Clouds engulf the hills surrounding the nursery as a worker starts her day by surveying different lines of plants. 2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – A worker laughs at a joke while sifting through soil to load into pots. 2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – An unmarked plant glistens with the delicate water droplets leftover from the last day's rainstorm. 2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – Dianne Pelletier, Rehabilitation Supervisor – 'We had a little bit of tension about a week ago between some of the people employed here. But I had to sit everyone down and remind them that mental illness brings us all together and that we're all here for the same thing, recovery.' 2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – A worker gives another worker a massage to avoid sorting the looming pile of pots in the background. 'Man, he really does give the best massages. Even if you like work you got to take a break sometimes. Line up everyone!' – unnamed employee 2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – Pelletier shows off freshly groomed Butterfly Bush. She said, 'It smells like honey and looks like a flower, who wouldn't love it? We buy it cheap and sell it higher, that's how we make our money.' 2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – A worker carts a fresh delivery to be sorted and potted. 2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – A local landscaper loads up his truck with newly purchased and sorted plants. 2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – Workers then bring the empty carts back to the delivery station. Ready to start the process all over again. 2/8/2017 – Growing Grounds Farm Wholesale Nursery, San Luis Obispo – Big Boy the cat displays his newly acquired gash above his left eye. 'Big Boy has been here for around 12 years, he catches mice, raccoons, predatory birds and really all sorts of things. His ears are all mangled and he is definitely on his 8th or 9th life but he just keeps doing what he loves here.' –Craig Wilson, Program Manager

Behind the Scenes

Dianne Pelletier, rehabilitation supervisor, describes how important employment is in the recovery process.

Word on Campus

College students voice what they think the United States is doing well and what they can do better when it comes to supporting those with mental illness.

The Issue

Sometimes there is little to no support for those with a mental illness. Employment can often be the best recovery but is often held from those who need it.

The Facts

Lack of employment for the mentally ill is a worldwide problem.

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At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it's still an illness, and there should be no distinction. - Michelle Obama