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A Fresh Start Farm booth was held today at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department headquarters in Kearny Mesa.

It is part of a landscaping and gardening program at East Mesa Reentry Center in Otay Mesa and Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Center in Santee. Inmates learn to grow their own food, eat healthy, work as a team and take responsibility.

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Products, herbs, flowers and plants grown in the prison’s greenhouses were displayed at the farm stand. The current market environment offers attendees the opportunity to learn about event planning, vendor booth management, presentation, inventory, and customer service. Learn more about this professional training program by watching the video below.

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The Community Involved Vocational Incarcerated Crew Services (CIVICS) program began in 2014 to help people in custody develop the skills and work habits needed to secure employment and healthy family relationships after release.

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Grossmont Adult School offers hands-on courses in horticulture, landscape maintenance, greenhouse operation, organic land care, landscaping, nursery management, carpentry, woodworking , irrigation and other green industry skills, as well as job readiness programs.

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CIVICS is also a partnership with County Parks and Recreation. Participants perform tasks such as landscaping, cleaning county parks, trails, canals or ditches, clearing vegetation and trimming dangerous trees. Seeds collected during landscaping are grown in greenhouses and replanted in county parks.

Vegetables grown in the gardens are used in the Sheriff’s Rehabilitation Services Vocational Training Program, Culinary Arts Training Program.

Landscape maintenance includes creating a defensible space around 51 radio towers across San Diego and Imperial Counties. This network is essential when you make that call for help and for first responders to communicate with each other. Click on the video below to learn more.

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Participants in the landscaping and gardening program earn certifications and college credits in landscape maintenance, irrigation, landscape construction, and horticulture from Carpenters Union, Southwestern College, and Grossmont Adult Education.

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To learn more about the Sheriff’s Reentry Services Division and the work they do to prepare those in custody for a successful return to our communities, visit

To download the Gardening and Landscaping Program video for broadcast, click here.

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