Growing Grounds Farm & Nursery, San Luis Obispo

Sad to say, our oasis of green, Growing Grounds Downtown, is closed for the next two weeks at least. However, we know that people still want to garden and need to connect to the earth. Healthy eating, food security and locally sourced food are all on our minds.

At Growing Grounds Farm Santa Maria we’ve grown the most beautiful and healthy vegetable plants and we want to make these available to all our gardening friends.

To facilitate this we are asking that you take the following steps:

1. Click here to access our current (and often changing) availability.

2. Put together your order and email Christine Story at

3. We will have your order ready for pick up at Growing Grounds Nursery at 3740 Orcutt Road, SLO on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 1-3pm. Other times may be available but please email for details and special requests. Payment can be made by credit card at the time of pick-up.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Please share this info with your gardening friends. Stay healthy and well and we’ll see you all soon!

Our Program

Growing Grounds Farm and Nursery is one of three social enterprises operated by TMHA.  Established over 35 years ago, Growing Grounds is a nonprofit wholesale nursery that provides therapeutic horticulture, socialization opportunities, paid employment, and soft job skills training for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

At the Nursery, we balance a traditional business model providing employment opportunities in a near competitive environment with the delivery of critically needed social services. Our goal is to grow a large selection of quality plants while providing an empowering environment where our employees progress on their path towards recovery.  Our employees earn minimum wage and work between 1.5 and 4 hour shifts.

In order to be a paid employee, you need to have an open case with San Luis Obispo County Mental Health, and then be referred to the farm for an interview. You can get more information by calling us at (805) 543-6071.

Our Product

The Nursery is open on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 11 am to 4 pm.  Regular retail prices apply. You can also buy our plants at Growing Grounds Downtown

Landscapers and nurseries are always welcome to order from our Availability List or come directly to the Nursery.  We offer free delivery countywide with a low minimum order. For a list of plants currently available, CLICK HERE.

You can find our plants at many nurseries around San Luis Obispo County. Look for the bright yellow tag in the pot with our flower logo. (photo)

Adelaide Florist – Templeton
Avila Valley Barn
Bay Laurel Nursery – Atascadero
Birchwood Nursery - Nipomo
Cambria Nursery and Florist
Cherry Lane Nursery – Arroyo Grande
Educated Gardener - Santa Margarita
Farm Supply San Luis Obispo
Finley Family Nursery -Templeton
Grow Nursery – Cambria
Growing Grounds Downtown – San Luis Obispo
Los Osos Valley Nursery
Miner’s Ace Hardware Arroyo Grande
Miner’s Ace Hardware Atascadero
Miner’s Ace Hardware Grover Beach
Miner’s Ace Hardware Los Osos
Miner’s Ace Hardware Morro Bay
Miner’s Ace Hardware Nipomo
Miner’s Ace Hardware San Luis Obispo
Moore's Western Nursery - Atascadero
Natures Touch Nursery – Templeton
Pismo Bob’s – Pismo Beach
Ron’s – Grover Beach
Spellbound Herbs - Cambria

Our Friends

We love our volunteers, and always have room for individuals and small groups.  With as little advance notice as one day, a person can come to the Nursery and participate in a normal work day, working side by side with our employees. Long term volunteers can arrange specific days and times with Nursery management and can participate in infrastructure creation and maintenance, daily operations, and special projects. Growing Grounds Farm & Nursery also serves as a location for those who need to fulfill court ordered community service, or community service for section 8 housing. Please contact Farm staff at (805) 543-6071 to arrange volunteer scheduling.

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