Brand new nonprofit Plant It Again has opened its doors in central San Diego. A one-of-its-kind organization, the company aims to conserve natural resources and provide opportunities for adults with disabilities.

San Diego, CA, 7th October 2021, ZEXPRWIRENewly opened nonprofit Plant It Again (PIA) is working on several fronts to create a more sustainable environment and a better San Diego. 

Their mission is to conserve natural resources by upcycling drought tolerant plants, and provide job opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Succulents and cacti are valuable assets to San Diego due to their drought-tolerant capabilities. However, many are thrown away into the landfills, creating unnecessary waste. PIA cuts down on this.

Donors can drop off their succulent, cacti, and ground cover cuttings to be propagated and nursed back to health by the Team Members of this community, who will then turn those donations into beautiful arrangements and works of art.

Speaking of Team members, PIA also works to provide career training and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. Over 80% of adults in this community struggle to find meaningful work or employment. PIA changes this by tailoring their jobs to their special talents,  allowing them to work at their own pace, doing work they love,  while earning meaningful employment. Furthermore, the work they do is therapeutic and calming, just by working with plants in which they can access their artistic talents through creating beautiful arrangements. Each item donated is repurposed into new unique treasures.  Team members can also expand on their leadership skills by teaching  hands-on plants, art workshops, and so much more.  

Team member Martin Barken, is quoted as saying, “I love working at PIA because of all the new job skills I’m learning. It has given me the confidence to believe I can do anything I put my mind to! PIA is more than a job, it’s a community here and I love it!”

Their goal of creating an unique and diverse working community where everyone can thrive is well underway. They are proud to announce, they  just recently added their 5th paid team-member. The store also carries artisanal goods created by adults on the spectrum. Custom art, jewelry, candy, and more is available for purchase in their flourishing gift boutique in Kearny Mesa.

Nora Barasc, whose daughter Amber is a team member at PIA says, “ I feel this community is not about disabilities but rather special abilities. Amber loves her  job at PIA because it allows her to be creative and  interact with customers. Engaging with the local community when they visit the store helps her to develop her social skills and confidence.” 

You can support Plant It Again by donating drought tolerant plants, household items, or volunteer hours to their cause. Together we can Plant It Again then Plant It Forward so that others can thrive.


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8855 Balboa Ave Suite A

(858) 276-7314

Open 10-6 Mon-Fri, 10-4 Sat

Evenings and weekends for private hands on art classes

Mission Statement:

We save natural resources by recycling drought tolerant plants back into our local communities while creating fulfilling and exciting careers for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We Plant It Again and then we Plant It Forward so that others can thrive.

Store Information:

8855 Balboa Ave, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92123

Tuesday – Friday : 10 AM – 6 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM

Contact Information:

Contact Person: Paige Kries

Store Number: (858) 276-7314

Email: [email protected]

Website: Click Here

Social Media: Instagram, Facebook, Youtube @PlantItAgain