Post Wildfire Direct Actions- FREE Workshop Nov 18th

Community Soil Foundation is offering a free workshop on Post Fire Remediation at 10:30 on November 18th as part of their regular works day at the community garden at Maddux Ranch.

It’s critical that residents have information and opportunities to contain toxic waste from entering our drinking water, rivers and ocean.


Volunteer Work Day on November 18 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The Larkfield community garden continues to be a space of healing and renewal for Mark West and Riebli students plus families, teachers and community members are invited to come by and enjoy the fresh air. These work days are a huge help for essential garden tasks plus build community resiliency. Staff will be leading seasonal stations in preparing beds for winter, seeding cover crops and creating structures. Stay as long as you like and get your hands dirty! All are welcome, and there will be fun activities for kids. Join us rain or shine and bring comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. We will provide work gloves, drinking water and a freshly harvested snack. The garden is located adjacent to Maddux Ranch park at 450 Noonan Ranch Lane (parking on street).

Kind regards,

Kristin Maharg Suarez
Program Director
Community Soil Foundation


Classified Position Announcement: Garden Coordinator (Elementary) Application Deadline: 11/22/17

The goal of Geyserville Unified School District is to provide the leadership needed to ensure that systems and operations run as smoothly as possible enabling staff and students to go about exemplary teaching and learning. An additional intention is to build upon the strengths of those staff members and utilize their skills and talents to assist with this goal.

Under the general direction of the site administrator, the Garden Coordinator works with Geyserville Elementary School staff to develop and implement school garden programing and manage the day-to-day tasks in the school garden. The Garden Coordinator displays a demonstrated passion for garden-based education and a highly functional knowledge of gardening, basic plant science and nutrition. They use this knowledge to develop lessons with teachers of each of the K – 5 th grades.

They are highly organized, keeping detailed records of garden activities, including success and failures, for reporting to supporting organizations. They are able to effectively coordinate schedules for student and volunteer participation. They are comfortable working with other organizations in the local community and in Sonoma County to network, support and collaborate on events and activities that promote the importance of school garden programs. They enjoy working outdoors in varied conditions and playing in the dirt.

EdJoin Job Ancmnt-Desc Garden Coordinator GES 11-8-17

Free Perennials at Ceres Garden in Sebastopol

Hi all,

Soquel Nursery has donated some Abutilon and Rosemary plants for school gardens. There may be some Salvia greggii available as well.

They are available at the Ceres Garden located behind OReilly Media Center on North Gravenstein Hwy in Sebastopol.

Please only take plants that are on the pallets.

Do not take plants from tables or greenhouses.

Please contact me if plants are gone!

Laurel 707 508-9710


School Garden Best Practises webinar from Green Teacher

I just watched the archived  Best Practices in School Gardens webinar from Green Teachers, and it really was one of the best ones I’ve seen through them. Even though it’s what we do, I highly recommend seeing it while it’s still available until Nov 15th.

Willow Magic in the School Garden

Sherry Gibson, of Wild Woodswoman Creations in Sebastopol, has been designing and creating garden art in North Bay area schools for the last four years using both living willow and nonliving willow for a fun rustic look.
She is currently taking appointments to discuss possibilities for installations of living willow structures: faery huts, tipis, shade structures, living chairs and benches, and fences to name a few.
Non living willow projects are also available for trellises, gates, fences, tunnels, bird blinds for wildlife observation, and any other garden infrastructure that can be imagined.
 Any option can be created alone by Sherry Gibson, with the participation of students as a garden project, or open to parents and the public as a fundraiser, with dates being selected from mid-November 2017 through  mid-February 2018.
Schools receive a deep discount on all projects, and price includes free site consultation, construction, materials, and a one year seasonal maintenance plan. Payment plans are an option as needed by any school.
Contact Sherry for further information and/or to make an appointment for a free school visit.
(707) 978-0260

School Garden Apprentice Pilot

SGN is proud to report that its summer School Garden Apprenticeship pilot program was a huge success!
Thanks to our great partnership with Harmony Farm Supply, SGN trained and hired 8 Sonoma County high school teenagers to install automated drip irrigation systems in 7 SGN affiliate school gardens who received a  Water Wise Mini-grant.  The teens also helped with general garden maintenance in 5 additional gardens, with tasks such as sheet mulching, building worm bins, weeding and planting heirlooms beans.
Special thanks to volunteer and Master Gardener Steve Ehrmann for taking the lead on designing the irrigation systems and for his many hours of hard work and dedication to seeing these installations through!
SGN intends to offer these great programs again, so stay tuned for more information about how to participate.  Questions and comments?  contact Sue Davis at

Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants- due Oct.20th

Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants

The Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants program provides teachers in public and private schools across West Sonoma County with grants up to $500 to complete school projects. Since the start of the program in 2002, almost $250,000 has been raised for distribution to local teachers. Hundreds of requests have been granted for educational tools, sports equipment, books, computer equipment, classroom materials and other educational enhancements. Mini-grants are available during the fall and spring application periods.
Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants are funded by money raised at our annual Sebastopol Rotary Crab Feed in February.  Please come join us, have a fabulous meal and support Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants!

Grant Size: $50 to $500 maximum

Qualifications: Any teacher working in a public or tax-exempt private school located within the boundaries of the West Sonoma County Union High School District.

Fall 2017 Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017

Guidelines to Apply

Questions can be directed to Keller McDonald at

BirdSleuth School Garden Grant-due Oct.8th!

Hi all,

I just found this grant…it’s last minute but maybe some of you can use grant language you allready have writen to apply.




BirdSleuth is  awarding $25,000 in grants to grow healthy, happy, nature-connected kids!

School gardens provide an exciting context for cross-disciplinary learning and a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on activities, project-based learning, and citizen science. Kids benefit from gardens in academic, physical, emotional, social, and behavioral ways. We are excited to support teachers’ efforts to engage kids in outdoor learning and all its benefits!

We will award 20 grants to teachers within the United States who strive to take the classroom outside, reconnect students with the natural world, and teach them valuable concepts and skills that integrate across all subjects. In partnership with our amazing sponsor, Alaska Fertilizer, we’re thrilled to support 20 teachers with a $500-$2,000 grant, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit. Funds can support a new garden or the revitalization of an existing one. In addition to funding food/veggie gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.

Apply Here

Application Process & Eligibility

The application is open to all K-12 schools, public and private, within the United States. Homeschool families, daycare facilities, and informal education settings such as nature centers and museums are not eligible. We cannot support U.S. territories at this time. The online application process opens August 21, 2017 and will close October 8, 2017 at 11:59pm ET. Email with any questions.

Watch a recording of our free webinar “Starting a School Garden for Birds.” We spent part of the webinar discussing the garden grant application.

Grant Application Questions

For those of you looking to prepare for the application, below are the questions. Review our Spring 2016 Garden Grant Winners for inspiration!

  1. Please tell us what you’d like to do to support the building or revitalization of your school garden. Describe in detail what you’d like to accomplish.
  2. Where is/will the garden be located? When do you anticipate beginning your project and over what time frame do you think you will implement it?
  3. Who will participate in the construction of your garden? Who will have access to the garden upon completion?
  4. How do you plan to integrate gardening for birds or habitat creation/improvements? Please give us some details about your plans.
  5. What learning/educational outcomes do you hope for?
  6. How much funding are you requesting and how will you use the funding (plants, supplies, curriculum, seed, professional development, etc.)? Your chances of receiving an award will be higher if you are specific with your budget. Grants range from $500-$2,000. You may not receive the amount you request. Grants will be based on need and impact.


Grant Details & Timeline

Each school selected will receive a BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit, gardening supplies from Alaska Fertilizer, and $500-$2,000 depending on the school’s needs and overall funding requests.

  • Application window: August 21-October 8, 2017.
  • All winners notified by October 20, 2017.
  • BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit will be sent to winners immediately.
  • Selected winners must attend a 1.5 hour online training either November 1 at 7pm ET or November 2 at 8pm ET. After the training, 75% of the allocated funds will be provided.
  • Between November and June, the winning schools must implement their proposed garden plan and the kit lessons.
  • A final report is required no later than July 1, 2018 from each school. This final report will consist of a brief survey and sharing the school’s progress on the BirdSleuth Action Map. Upon submission of the final report, each school will receive the remaining 25% of the funds to support continuation of the project.

About Alaska FertilizerAlaska_Logo-01

Alaska Fertilizer produces fish emulsion fertilizers, made from by-products of the fishing industry. High in organic matter, these fertilizers make use of otherwise wasted nutrients. These fertilizers are useful on all types of plants, easy to use, difficult to over-apply, harmless, and organic – making them ideal for school use!


School Garden Gathering-October 19th

Slow Food Sonoma County North, School Garden Network, and Riebli School

invite you to an

“Open Garden” at Riebli School

315 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa


Thursday, October 19

3:30 – 5:00 PM



Have you been considering a garden for your school or center? Do you want to reinvigorate your garden project? Come to see a flourishing garden developed with creativity and donations, and meet school staff and garden coordinator to learn how they did it. Network with others who have a garden or are thinking about starting one to exchange ideas and resources!


Please invite your entire garden team to attend—principal, center director, garden coordinator and volunteers, teachers, parents, garden club members.



Schoolyard Habitat Workshop Oct 12th-with registration link

Hi all,

Whoops! the last announcement I sent out did not have the link to the registration form. Sorry about that!



Bring a little wildlife into your school garden!!!!



Tarsier Meeting Room

OReilly Media Center 1005 Gravenstein HWY, Sebastopol

Entymologist and Master Gardener, Janet Calhoon will share her knowldedge about the gentle, solitary native bees of California. These are fascinating and diverse pollinators that students can safely study in the school garden.


  • 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!!

If you have already taken this workshop invite others on your habitat team to attend. The more inspired teachers working on your project the better!

    • Workshop is a pre-requisite for qualifying for US Fish & Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat funding
    • Registration and payment of $35- due by October 1st.   Please mail payment to SGN – PO BOX 1367 – Sebastopol, CA 95472
    • 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

  • Contact Laurel Anderson at for more information.