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.

 

Responsibilities:

  • 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

School Garden Plants available at Ceres Garden

Hi all!

Susan and Elizabeth started  18 flats of starts – flowers, winter squash, zucchini, chard, pumpkins, cucumbers, kale, and basil.

Many thanks garden angels!!

Plants are on pallets at the north west corner of the Ceres Garden behind OReilly Media on 116 North.

Please bring your own flats as the plants are sitting directly on the pallets.

Also some free plants from OAEC!!

Please text me or post on facebook if plants are gone!!

Laurel 707m508-9710

Eco Friendly Garden Tour this weekend!

The 2017 tour will take place on Saturday May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and includes twenty four gardens throughout Sonoma County and North Marin. Registration is now open!

For 2017 the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership is excited to be collaborating with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Milo Baker Chapter and Daily Acts. Each of these organizations will be presenting gardens on the tour.

 

About the Tour

The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is a public outreach and education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices by showcasing inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma County and North Marin. The Tour highlights Russian River-Friendly and Bay-Friendly landscaping best practices, and supports Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certified professionals by featuring their personal or client’s gardens. The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is self-guided and is provided free of charge.

Public Gardens & More

For the other 364 days we are pleased to provide you with a listing of inspiring public demonstration gardensthat you can visit at any time of the year. For a virtual experience you can also visit the gardens that were featured on the tour in the past few years.

 

Slow Food USA Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit

Dear Whole Kids Foundation Community, 
As part of our one time Healthy Kids Innovation Grant, and with support from United Health Foundation, we launched nine innovative projects to improve children’s health and nutrition.
Join us as we launch one of them: the Slow Food USA Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit. We will introduce this toolkit and its pilot program through a webinar next Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4pm EST/1pm PST. Find more information below!
If you are not able to join us, the webinar will be recorded and housed on our GoToWebinar channel.
Love and Veggies,
Whole Kids Foundation

WholeKidsFoundation.org
A Whole Foods Market Foundation

 

Grace High School has Pollinator plants for Sale

Plant Sale

Thursday, May 18,

6pm to 8 p. m.

Piner High campus-Room I 93.

Located near the art show in the South East corner of the campus.

We will be selling pollinator plants; milkweed, figwort, echinacea, and cone flower.

Also Brandiwine and Pear tomatoes.

More info?

Contact Marlena Hirsch <mhirsch@srcs.k12.ca.us>

 

15 flats of tomato starts available for schools

Avalow has extra tomato plants for schools!! Contact Marley Hutchinson at marley@avalow.com to pick up what you need.  She is also available by phone at (720) 987-7673.

Thank you Avalow!

 

 

Community Soil Foundation seeking Program Director

The mission of Community Soil Foundation  is to cultivate the wellness of Sonoma County communities by offering land-based education, creating access to organic produce, and regenerating habitat and natural resources.

The major goals that have been prioritized to carry out the mission include: 1) conducting year-round, outdoor, garden-based education to youth and adults, 2) teaching environmental stewardship through sustainable, organic gardening practices and habitat restoration and regeneration, 3) selling affordable, fresh organic produce at a farm stand located in Santa Rosa and donating a portion of the yield to local food banks, 4) teaching garden-enhanced nutrition education courses to youth and adults, 5) providing a community gathering-space for community members to reconnect and spend more time with their family, friends and neighbors.Job Description:

Community Soil Foundation’s Program Director (PD) is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the two co-founders of the organization.

The PD will supervise all staff including the Garden Educator, Garden Coordinator and the Bookkeeper. The PD collaborates with Community Soil Foundation’s staff, local community-based organizations, schools within the Mark West Union School District, existing funders and community members to build involvement in and commitment to the garden and its programs.

Position Details:

The PD is part-time at first and will start at 10 hours a week with a flexible schedule. The 10 hours a week is funded for a full year with hopes of additional fundraising to increase hours per week. Hourly rate starts at $20 per hour.

More details can be found CSF Program Director

Questions: jeff@communitysoil.com

The position is now open.