As an instructional outdoor space, the Sunflower Hill Garden is a medium for educational, therapeutic, and life skills training; offering adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to thrive. Program offerings include group visits for both Adult Day Programs and High School Transition classes, as well as vocational training for individuals in a small group setting. Led by our knowledgeable and dedicated Garden staff, the curriculum is specially designed to offer unique experiences for individuals of all abilities:
Led by our Garden Teacher, Adult Day Programs and High School Transition classes participate in large-group visits, attending regularly bi-weekly for 90-minute sessions. Groups engage in a 3-step visit comprised of a Welcome/Lesson, Garden Work, and Closing Snack/Discussion. Curriculum for this program targets educational, therapeutic, and life skills training as it relates to the Garden, with an emphasis on experience over results. Group size can range from 3-12 participants, with a 3:1 ratio of program participants to program staff.
In this hands-on vocational program, our Vocational Coach uses the Garden as a medium to teach transferable life and job skills in a small group setting. Open to individuals who want to focus on specialized learning, this program is offered in a unique outdoor environment, that can be applied across a number of future employment options. Curriculum for this program focuses on work readiness skills and also includes a 3-step visit comprised of a Welcome/Lesson, Garden Work, and Closing Snack/Discussion. Program participant size can range from 4-6 individuals. This program runs August through May and meets twice a week for three hours each visit.
* Depending on county quarantine regulations due to Covid-19.
The Sunflower Hill Garden produces thousands of pounds of fresh, organic produce each year, which is planted and harvested by our program participants. Over 70% of our produce is donated to local nonprofits. The remainder is donated to our program participants and volunteers as well as sold at our Harvest Stand.
Located at Hagemann Ranch in Livermore, CA the Sunflower Hill Garden was co-founded by Christina Bogert and Lynn Monica and broke ground in 2015 with the mission to provide educational and vocational horticulture opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.