Soil Sampling, Risk Mapping & Exposure Prevention (For the Urban Food Grower)

Tuesday, December 12 at 6 PM – 8 PM

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The Soil Sampling, Risk Mapping & Exposure Prevention (for the Urban Food Grower) Workshop provides tools to assess urban soils & manage human risk & safety. Participants increase understanding on soils contamination, of how to sample soils, map those samples and understand sample results in order to prevent exposure. The workshop concludes on urban soil safety in context of heavy-metal-safe-growing and risk management in production, backyard, community and school farms and gardens, with continued emphasis on best practices.

Event hosted in partnership by Petaluma Bounty, UC Cooperative Extension, and UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number # 2015-70017-22868.

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Climate Literacy and Understanding Global Change Workshop

Climate Literacy and Understanding Global Change Workshop

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Westside Water Education Center – 9703 Wohler Road (near Forestville and Wohler bridge)

Are you interested in bringing climate literacy into your classroom? Join us for an inspiring, practical, and relevant workshop on how to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. Receive vetted scientific content, learn how to approach student misconceptions, and acquire new teaching resources and strategies. Learn about project-based learning opportunities where students engage in real-world data collection and think critically about how to mitigate the challenges ahead. Available to all teachers and educators.

Workshop attendees will receive:

  • New perspectives, tools, and techniques for teaching about global change
  • Information about local citizen science projects
  • Ocean acidification data, curriculum, and activities
  • The latest scientific research on atmospheric rivers
  • Free visual aids that make complex data more comprehensible
  • Current statistics from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Best practices in communicating climate and global change
  • How to engage students in relevant actions and projects within the community
  • * A optional special tour of our new Fish Viewing Gallery will follow the workshop

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For more information contact: David Berman at

The Sonoma County Water Agency will be hosting this workshop in partnership with NOAA/Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary; The Center for Climate Protection; Understanding Global Change Project, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology; Sonoma Clean Power



Air Pollution & Produce: Community Gathering & Resource-Share

This Saturday,  November 18th at 9:30am-11:30am

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Join volunteers, fellow community members, and representatives from UC Cooperative Extension for a morning of updates and discussion on the potential impact of the air pollution generated by the recent fires on produce. We will be presenting more information about this Citizen Science Initiative, answering some of the frequently-asked questions UCCE has been receiving in the wake of the fires, and discuss future directions for this project.

School Garden Post-Fire Resource Group

After the tragic fires in our county many of us are grappling with what effect the ash and residue may have on our crops and gardens. This question is additionally vexing when you’re in charge of managing a school garden, the purpose of which is to encourage kids to dig and pick and eat from the plants.

Unfortunately we don’t have any bright line answers yet, but School Garden Network wanted to create this group as a forum for sharing resources on this ever evolving research project. We invite you to share your questions and findings and experiences. Hopefully this will provide some of the support that is needed in our community so we can get our students back to learning in nature.

Please spread the invite to this google group far and wide!

Thank you for what you do,

Lauren Bowne
Executive Director

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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.

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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