June 23, 2021
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Water efficiency program enrollment open for Sebastopol water customers Cotati Rohnert Park in Summer School Sebastopol Area Senior Center Virtual Art History Studies Give Out Day - 2021 Workplace mask requirements beyond June 15th Critical blood shortage alert issued CDPH urges public to report vaccine incentive scammers Local transit riders can use Clipper on Smartphones Celebrate Pride with your library Come see painting horse Johnnie Individual shared coming out stories New face coverings guidance went into effect on June 15 Rohnert Park & Cotati students honored at graduation A synopsis of Father’s Day Sebastopol Area Senior Center Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified names Chief Business Official First Cotati Farmers’ Market of the season Free water saving kits at “Drought Drop By” event Free online class for LGBT seniors ‘The heart of the lion will remain’: final El Molino class graduates Analy High does their hat toss Credo 2021 graduation Credo Student Speakers Boots and Vines Party in a bag BBQ CRPUSD takes care of business Little free libraries throughout Cotati and Rohnert Park Sen. Dodd: June is Elder Abuse Awareness month The Redwood Empire Food Bank offers free drive-through meals for children again this summer Hello June! Penngrove Social Firemen host chicken BBQ drive thru Food for Thought to hold food drive at Sebastopol Grange Flores and Felando named to honor roll Life after incarceration in the age of COVID RIT announces summer session course offerings Zero Waste Sonoma and Conservation Corps North Bay awarded grant for food rescue Rancho Graduation Tech Graduation El Camino Graduation Off-duty Ca. highway patrol officer found guilty by jury

The nursery at Jail Industries

April 30, 2021

For more than 25 years the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department Horticulture Program has provided a unique opportunity for inmates to receive valuable occupational training in the horticultural field. Students in the program receive classroom instruction that is partnered with lab exercises and hands-on experience in nursery production and landscape management. The Horticulture Unit is located on 2-acres, and offers production houses, a retail nursery, classroom, and workshop spaces.

Students in the program learn by doing, developing and practicing new skills at every stage of the plant's life cycle. It is through student effort that the nursery is able to offer a wide selection of plants to the public as well as supplying thousands of California native plants to the Sonoma County Water Agency for habitat restoration.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department has partnered with Five Keys Schools and Programs to continue rich programming and popular plant sales offered through the nursery at Jail Industries. Five Keys' goal is to restore communities through education. Our philosophy is that through social and restorative justice principles, we can provide traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education, focusing on five key areas: Education, Employment, Recovery, Family and Community. By offering a comprehensive high school degree program and an opportunity for students to participate in the Horticulture Program, we aim to create a safer and more vibrant Sonoma County.

The Horticulture Program is proud to host the Sonoma County Master Gardeners, a local branch of an educational program developed by the UC system to provide horticulture and gardening information to the citizens of California.

A special thank you to Rick Stern for the years of dedication that made the continued success of the Jail Industries Horticulture Program possible.

Shop the nursery and support our work by making an appointment.