Has your school garden been impacted by the fires?

Dear School Garden educators and supporters,

This past week has been extremely difficult for our community as we come to realize the collective loss and changed landscape caused by the horrific fires in our county. Most students in our county lost a week of school and some are still not able to return to their normal routines due to the poor air quality. Even more dire are the schools that sustained fire damage.

We are interested to know about any and all schools that sustained significant damage in the fires, and are planning to do some fundraising to help revitalize gardens at these schools. We know that it takes a lot of donated time and money to get a garden program started at a school and fire damage could be devastating to those efforts. We want to do everything we can to make sure that existing school garden programs continue to thrive.

If your school garden sustain damage please fill out this form to inform us:


A big thank you to Whole Foods Market

We are so grateful to Whole Foods Markets of Sonoma County for their fundraising efforts on behalf of School Garden Network. Our partnership generated over $13,000 – 5 cents at a time! This funding allows us to continue our work with local schools; providing financial and educational support for school garden coordinators and nutritional education with hands on cooking and tasting of fresh foods for elementary aged children and their families.

From all of us at SGN, thank you Whole Foods!

Free Fall Starts!

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s Plant Nursery has generously donated some fall starts to the School Garden Network. Included are some six packs of lettuces, Brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, borage flowers, bachelor buttons, cress, and collards.

If you would like to use any of these plants in your garden, they will be at the Ceres Garden in north Sebastopol starting tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 4) after 5pm.

Thanks to Dougo for making these beautiful plants available to us.

Temporary Assistant Garden Coordinator – John B. Riebli Elementary: Santa Rosa

Responsibilities: The Assistant School Garden Coordinator will be building upon a foundation of five years of work by previous coordinators, and will continue to connect students to healthy food through experiences and lessons in the garden, nutrition education and cooking. Lessons include subject matter in art, science, health, math and language arts.

Garden Coordinators will:
● Lead student lessons in the garden (lessons previously developed)
● Work alongside classroom teacher to engage and maintain a positive class environment
● Maintain garden and garden beds
● Coordinate with and attend monthly PTA general meetings
● Coordinate and communicate with school staff

Garden Description: 12 raised bed tasting garden following an all subjects CA standards curriculum.
Garden Activities: Grow vegetables, Composting bin, Cooking or taste testing in the garden or classroom, Nature
study, Seed saving, Vermicomposting, Science experiments, creative & visual arts

Year Garden Was Started : 2012
Location: 315 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa
Garden Coordinator: Tina Thomas
Skills/Qualification Desired:
Strong written & verbal communication
Experience with elementary students
Basic gardening and nutrition knowledge
Passion for food
Adaptability, organization & scheduling
Time management
Self-starter and problem-solver
Ability to multi-task
Positive attitude in a busy environment
Team player
Creativity to develop lessons, events and community engagement opportunities
The ideal candidate is passionate about food systems and environmental education, has experience working with kids outdoors, cooking healthy food, and growing food!
Maintain communication and attend monthly garden meetings and PTA meetings to provide a brief update on garden activities

Hours and Compensation: $25/hr for instructional time with students, paid through Riebli PTA funds
How to apply: Contact Patty Dineen, Riebli Elementary School, 707-524-2980, ext 3101

School Garden Coordinator Gathering

Join us Wednesday Sept 20th from 3:30-5:30 at Old Adobe Elementary School (2856 Adobe Rd, Petaluma CA, 94954) for a gathering of School Garden Coordinators. This is a great opportunity to meet with like-minded professionals and volunteers. We will discuss seed saving.

Sign Up Here

School Garden Network Kids’ Pavilion at the Heirloom Expo!


Children have always been an important part of the National Heirloom Exposition. School Garden Network has put together a fun filled Kids Pavilion in Finley Hall for all 3 days of the Expo. There will fun and games, educational activities, contests and competitions, and vendors with products of interest to children each day. We invite all area schools to attend and participate. The best part is that all youth up through the age of 17 are admitted FREE.

Join us September 5-7th.

Tuesday Kid Schedule

Wednesday Kid Schedule

Thursday Kid Schedule

The 4th Annual Agrarian Games!

Join us for the 4th Annual Agrarian Games on Saturday, September 16th from 12-6pm at the Petaluma Fairgrounds! Hosted by The Farmer’s Guild and Community Alliance with Family Farmers, this great event is sure to please. From wheelbarrow relays to watermelon seed-spitting, whether you’re a farmer or an eater, a country bumpkin or a city-slicker, a chef or just a kid in overalls, enjoy an afternoon of local food, live music and interactive games to test your strength, speed and knowledge of soil types. All showcasing a more just, healthy and regenerative food system for California. To learn more or purchase tickets in advance, visit the Farmer’s Guild event page.

Work for SGN! Nutrition Educator Position CLOSED

Healthy Roots Nutrition Educator Job Description

SGN is looking for an experienced, energetic and enthusiastic Garden Nutrition Educator with the passion and experience to provide fun and inspiring hands-on nutrition education and cooking classes to elementary school students at school garden sites.  Through the Healthy Roots program, the Nutrition Educator will increase student exposure to the benefits of local, seasonal crops while raising parent awareness of how to purchase and prepare these crops for their families.



  • Provide 30 garden-based Healthy Roots nutrition education classes
  • Provide 2 Family Nutrition Workshops
  • Communicate & coordinate with teachers, school administrators, and SGN staff
  • Administer surveys, enter data, report findings
  • Track program by documenting progress in shared server
  • Report to supervisor monthly
  • Provide quarterly program reports to program supervisor
  • Attend Board meeting once per year to report on program
  • Attend occasional Healthy Roots fundraisers and meetings

Desired Qualifications:

  • Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, the mission of SGN
  • Experience working with kids in the outdoors, garden, cooking
  • Basic knowledge of gardening and local, seasonal crops
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organized, self-starter, with ability to work independently
  • Must have a valid CA Driver’s License and personal vehicle available for job

This is a part-time (100 hour) contract position that will run from late July 2017-June 2018. $35/hour plus, gas mileage reimbursements.

There is a quick turnaround on hiring for this position, as we want to train the new educator in time for the new school year. Training is planned for the last 2 weeks of July.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to info@schoolgardens.org

Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2017.

Heirloom Tomato plants for schools!


Guerneville school has generous donated hundreds of tomato plants for local schools to pick up. Plants are at the north west corner of the Ceres Garden behind OReilly Media on 116 North.

1005 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Thank you Guerneville!!

Workshop! Growing “Slow” in the School Garden

Growing a Slow School Garden

Join The School Garden Doctor, Slow Food Napa Valley, and the School Garden Task Force for an engaging day in a Slow Food School Garden. In this workshop, we will demonstrate lessons from  the latest Slow Food USA Curriculum, “Good, Clean, Fair,” including an authentic experience in a commercial kitchen. We will engage in scientific exploration and observation, and connect school garden lessons to curricular standards. In addition, we will share tried and true techniques taken from the model program at Pueblo Vista Magnet School including garden planning and maintenance, material and financial resources, and volunteer and community engagement. Our local Master Gardeners will introduce Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Guidelines.

For more details and to register, Click Here.

Friday, June 16th 9 am – 3 pm

Saturday, June 17th 9 am – 12 pm

Pueblo Vista Magnet School 1600 Barbara Rd, Napa, 94558