GEM equips participants with the transferable skills and work experience needed to be successful in future employment.
Interested in GEM? Contact us to schedule a free information session.
GEM is ICS' garden-based, vocational training program located in San Rafael that provides paid job-training for individuals with disabilities. Participants are involved in every stage of planting, growing and harvesting produce, which is then sold throughout Marin County. GEM Participants gain skills not only in horticulture, but also business management and community outreach.
After graduating, 95% of participants find employment, ready to build their careers, move off of benefits and ultimately give back to their community.
Watch From Isolation to Integration: Casey's Story to learn more about GEM.
GEM participants build skills crucial for future careers, such as:
Become a member of our
Growing Roots CSA Program!
Welcome to the homepage of GEM's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, Growing Roots! Our CSA program is a win-win for GEM trainees and for our customers: it allows us to equip trainees with a broad range of transferable skills, and in return, our customers receive boxes of freshly-harvested produce. The produce varies depending on what’s in season, and we include a flower bouquet and a newsletter with every box!
For your convenience, we offer home delivery service (for those within 10 miles of our garden) as well as two pick-up locations. We offer a 6-month subscription, and you can join the CSA as either a half-share or full-share member. If you would like to discuss a shorter membership, please let us know.
Want to Support GEM?
We partner with local businesses to sell our produce and plants. You can find us at:
You can also help our garden grow by purchasing these items from our wishlist! Or donate to GEM and specify which item you would like your donation to go towards.
Eligibility and Contact Information
GEM is available to all individuals with any type of disability who are interested in work readiness training. You can become a GEM participant through three methods:
- A referral to the program by the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).
- A referral to the program by the County of Marin Behavioral Health Recovery Services.
- Paying privately through our Private Case Management program.