Part Time Garden Coordinator Wanted Community Soil


The Larkfield Community Garden and Learning Center is looking for someone that can farm. We have a mixed use 3/4-acre property, partially used for outdoor education and the other 1/2-acre used for mixed vegetable food production and an orchard. This 1/2 acre is yours to farm. Produce is sold at either the farm stand- partially run by the local elementary school- or at the local grocer. Some vegetables are also donated to local food banks. Much of the seed and starts are donated. You will work with our admin staff to ensure that you have the resources needed to operate the farm. The staff meets once a month to discuss the needs of the farm. You are responsible for everything from cultivating the soil to prepping the harvest to sell.


Part-time, 12-15 hours/week. No set time you have to be there. Just put in the hours and keep the farm pumping!! Semi-optional volunteer days every 3rd Saturday. Would be great to have you there every month for these volunteer days, but it is not required.




Email resume to or for questions call Jeff Shields at 707-293-7750


School Garden Apprenticeship Program


SGN is offering summer support to school gardens in the Petaluma and Santa Rosa/Sebastopol areas. SGN Affiliate Gardens will be prioritized. If your school is not yet an Affiliate Garden it’s quick and easy to sign up on our website.

This service is made possible by SGN’s new School Garden Apprenticeship (SGA)  program, which hires and trains teens in garden maintenance and irrigation installation. The program will focus on school gardens in Petaluma and Santa Rosa/Sebastopol, and will operate 2 days per week for 6 weeks (mid-June thru July).

We are offering one day of work at your school garden during our season. The School Garden Apprenticeship is managed by SGN Staff and volunteer and endorsed by Harmony Farm Supply. This is a great opportunity to get a new area of your garden sheet mulched, to add new garden boxes, to build a compost system or to do the weeding you never get to during the busy school system. Each school is responsible for providing materials for projects unless it is a drip irrigation system. You can discuss possible projects with Sue Davis the SGA coordinator.

To be a school garden work site, you must have an already exiting school garden, and have a designated school garden representative present onsite when our crew is there. You also need to have clear tasks needed for a crew of 4 teens.

If you are interested in installing automated drip irrigation at your site then apply for SGN’s WaterWise SchoolGarden mini grant to receive a free design and help with installation!

APPLY HERE for a Work day with the School Garden Apprenticeship Program.

The application deadline is June 5th, and schools will be notified of their acceptance by June 14th.

For more information or to discuss possible projects please contact SGN Apprenticeship Coordinator-Sue Davis  at

Know a teen that might be interested in participating in this new program. Get the application from Sue Davis!

Register now!Schooyard Habitat Workshop May 17th





Tarsier Meeting Room

OReilly Media Center 1005 Gravenstein HWY, Sebastopol


  • Design a successful habitat project integrated with Common Core and NGGS standards
  • Link to engaging and relevant Citizen Science programs
  • Create opportunities for students to become empowered stewards of their environment
  • Qualify for up to $5,000 in funding  from US Fish and Wildlife for your habitat project
  • Develop native Pollinator Patches, Monarch Way Stations, Songbird Hedgerows, NestBox trails, Lizard Castles,  Native Bee Houses, Bogs, Insect Hotels, and Bird Blinds!!
    • Workshop is a pre-requisite for qualifying for US Fish & Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat funding
    • Guest presenters to be announced!!
    • Registration and payment of $35 due May 10th
    • Vegetarian lunch  & snacks included
    • Receive US Fish and Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat Guide , Habitat Garden Book by Nancy Bauer, Pollinator Posters and Butterfly ID cards!

    Register Here today

    Contact Laurel Anderson at for more information.

Reminder Garden Gathering at Steele Lane Thursday 3:30

Join us at the wonderful courtyard school garden at Steele Lane School-301 Steele Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

We’ll have a tour of the garden from garden teacher, Todd-Beth the HealthyRoots educator will share a seasonal garden snack and Annie SGN’s program director will have some tried and true”Garden Back Pocket Lessons” for us.

SGN will bring seeds & organic vegetable starts to share.  SlowFoodsNorth will will bringBodega Red Potatoes for planting-a local potato brought back from obscurity and now on the SlowFoods Ark of Taste!



Starting Your Garden from Seed- FREE CLASS

Starting Your Garden from Seed


Saturday, February 25

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol

 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Learn about planning your garden, starting seed indoors, sowing directly in the garden, and what supplies you need to be successful. Class will be taught by Electra de Peyster.

 Electra de Peyster has been a UCCE Sonoma County Master Gardener since 2004 and teaches classes on seeds, seed saving and food gardening for the Master Gardener Library series and for community groups. She has volunteered at the Community Seed Exchange since 2009 and is also the founder of SeedStewards, a project that promotes seed saving as one part of a sustainable future.

 Seed Library open  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We are a grassroots community seed library  supporting Sonoma County gardeners with free, open-pollinated, locally grown, pesticide- and GMO-free seeds.All gardeners with or without seeds to share are welcome.

Work Party-9:00 am – 10:30 am

Join us  in the Seed Garden

located on site, where we grow many of the seeds offered in our library. A great way to learn more  about seed saving and gardening. Always optional!!


9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Seed Library

We are a grassroots community seed bank that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free,
open-pollinated, locally grown,
pesticide- and GMO-free seeds.
All gardeners with or without seeds to share are welcome.

Save Seeds, Share Seeds

We hope that many gardeners
will commit to grow out and donate back to the seed library.

Community Soil Foundation Seeks Program Director

The mission of CSF 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


The position is now open. We anticipate filling the position by end of February 2017.


School Garden Gathering March 9th at Steele Lane School

Hi School Gardeners!

Joins SGN and SlowFoodsNorth for a School Garden Gathering in Santa Rosa at  Steele Lane School’s wonderful courtyard garden from 3:30-5:00.

We’ll begin with a tour of the garden from garden teacher, Todd followed by a share out of some tried and true”Garden Back Pocket Lessons”.  Bring a favorite!

SGN and SlowFoodsNorth will bring seeds, starts and some Bodega Red Potatoes , a local potato brought back from obscurity and now on the SlowFoods Ark of Taste!




Lots of Free Seeds at the SGN Seed Library

Hi school gardeners

Time to start thinking about starting your cool spring crops like kales, chards, and broccoli from seed.

Thanks to a generous donation from Harmony Farm Supply we have lots of new seeds in the SGN Seed Library at the Share Exchange Annex.You must pick up a key for the Annex from the Share Exchange Market Place  which is just across the street. Seeds are in a filing cabinet on your left in the annex.

If you want a refresher course on propagating from seed you might like the to come to the free class, Starting from Seed at the  Community Seed Exchange – February 25th from 11:00 am – 12:00pm. Come early and check out the hundreds of locally grown seeds free to you!



FREE WORM Bins for SchoolWide Composting

Hi all,

Jail Industries has donated 5 large worm bins to school gardens.


These are suitable for schools who are doing school-wide composting at their sites.

Schools would need to pick up the worm bin at Jail Industry site next to the airport.

We’re working on getting some worms donated as well!!

Let me know if you are interested!


Lowes Toolbox for Education grant due Feb.9th

If you have not yet applied for a Lowes Toolbox for Education grant this is a great way to fund infrastructure in your garden!

“Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes…

It’s that easy when you take advantage of Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and is dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for our Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.”