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:


time management

Computer Literacy



Work Stamina


Following instructions



Jump-start our clients’ careers and receive fresh produce through our
Growing Roots CSA Program!

Our Growing Roots 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 seasonal produce, fresh flowers and hand-dried teas. You’ll also receive a monthly newsletter with updates about GEM.

For your convenience, we offer home delivery service (for those within 10 miles of our garden) as well as two pick-up locations.

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We also partner with local businesses to sell our produce and plants. You can find us at Panama Hotel, United Markets and West End Nursery.

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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.


Still have a few questions? Contact the
GEM Director.

Josh Milstein
(415) 226-8693