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 mcdonaldfam77@comcast.net

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.

Best,

Laurel

 

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 birdsleuth@cornell.edu 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

PLEASE RSVP BY OCTOBER 14 TO slowfoodsonomacountynorth@gmail.com

 

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!

Laurel

 

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

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12TH

9:00am-4:00pm

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.

LEARN HOW TO:

  • 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!

Details:
    • 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 schoolhabitats@gmail.com for more information.

Reminder-School Garden Gathering tomorrow

Join School Garden Network tomorrow,Wednesday Sept 20th from 3:30-5:30 at Old Adobe Elementary School (2856 Adobe Rd, Petaluma CA, 94954) for a back to school school garden gathering!!

We’ll take a tour of Old Adobe School’s wonderful garden and learn about their program.

Then we’ll have some fun with seed saving and share some seedy activities for  school garden and share a seedy snack!

We’d like to also have some time for you all to share your favorite garden stories and engaging activities!

Sign Up Here

 

See ya there!!

Acorn Naturalists

Acorn Naturalist is an amazing catalogue filled with resources for school garden educators.

To check out their interactive digital catalog –  click here. 

This site is filled with ideas and tools for planning your programs, enriching your curriculum, and getting children interested in science and nature.

This year they’ve added over 250 new products, including replicas, hands-on activity kits, field equipment, interpretive tools, curricula, and resources aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Whole Foods Grant-$2,000- now open

2018 Grant Opportunities Now Open

 Applications to all grant programs are now available. Apply HERE

 

Deadlines:

  • Garden Grant online applications – USA/Canada: 
  • September 1 – November 15 at 5pm CST
  • Honey Bee Grant – USA/Canada:
  • Part 1: October 31st at 5pm CST
  • Full Application: November 15th at 5pm CST

Returning and Previous Applicants

We are excited to launch a new online application system!

If you have applied under our previous system please hang tight and look for an email with specific instructions on how to login.

 Whole Kids Foundation Grant Programs 

 Garden Grant Programs

This programs provide a $2,000 monetary grant to support aneducational edible garden at a school or non-profit organization serving any grades K-12.

Visit our website to get started! There you will find a copy of the eligibility and application questions for USA Garden Grants and Canadian Garden Grants.

 

You can find more information about this grant program and the application process through one of our informational webinars. These webinars will be held on:

 

 

We recommend looking through our Grant Writing TipsSchool Garden Resource Center, and general resources to help guide you along the way!

 

Honey Bee Grant Program:

In partnership with The Bee Cause Project, this program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational honey bee hive.

 

We offer four grant options:

  • Monetary grant of $1,500
  • Equipment Grant: Observation hive Equipment Grant
  • Equipment Grant: Outdoor Traditional Langstroth hive
  • Equipment Grant: Outdoor Top hive

 

Visit our website to learn more! There you will find:

 

Questions?

Watch our webinar with The Bee Cause Project to learn more about this grant and how to get your bees approved. These webinars will be held on:

 

For questions regarding the Honey bee hive grant process or if you need support in the bee approval process, submit it to the Bee Forum or email The Bee Cause Project directly at info@thebeecause.org. For technical questions or issues regarding your online application, please email grants@wholekidsfoundation.org.

 

SCHOOLYARD HABITAT WORKSHOP-Oct.12th

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

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12TH

9:00am-4:00pm

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.

LEARN HOW TO:

  • 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!

Details:
    • 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 FOR WORKSHOP HERE

  • Contact Laurel Anderson at schoolhabitats@gmail.com for more information.

Part Time Garden Coordinator Wanted Community Soil

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

HOURS

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.

PAY

$15/HOUR.

CONTACT

Email resume to jeff@communitysoil.com or for questions call Jeff Shields at 707-293-7750

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.communitysoil.org

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 schoolgardenapprenticeship@gmail.com.

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