Lifelab workshop”Plant it, Grow it, Eat it” at Old Adobe School

Lifelab will be coming to Old Adobe Elementary in Petaluma, CA on Nov. 29th. The class goes from 8:45 – 3:30. The class will focus on their “Plant it, Grow it, Eat it” workshop. Some topics include: the power and purpose of garden enhanced nutrition, eat a rainbow, one-bite lessons, and year round garden lesson planning. We have a few spots open and would love to fill them with school garden network people! Please email Beth at if you want more information or to sign-up.”

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant-Application open Dec 18th

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.”

Free Perennials & Lettuces

There is another truckload of perennials from Soquel Nursery available for school gardens at the Ceres Garden behind the O’Reilly Media offices off 1005 Gravenstein Hwy North in Sebastopol.

We have more Salvia Greggii ( Autumn Sage ) which are  a  favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies!These airy salvias bloom summer – fall, are drought tolerant and grow to about 3’x3′.They will need to be cut back occasionally to keep them from getting too leggy. Cut them back by half at this time and after their first bloom of summer trim back by one third.

There is also Lantana, a butterfly favorite and a few others.

Sweetwater Nursery also donated some beautiful lettuces and mesclun mix

If you are coming from afar to bring back plants for other schools in your region.  Let me know if you need contact information for schools in your area.

Please only take plants adjacent to our SGN sign. Do NOT remove plants from tables or plants set aside from the SGN area!!!

Garden Coordinator Gathering Update

Slow Food Sonoma County North, the School Garden Network, and Alexander Valley School

invite you to an “Open Garden”in the garden at

Alexander Valley School   8511 Highway 128, Healdsburg

                                 Wednesday, October 19     3:30 – 5:00 PM

Each participant will receive Slow Food Ark of Taste garlics, onions, and potatoes for fall planting!!!!


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

School Garden Gathering at Alexander Valley School on Wed. October 19th

Hi all!
Reminder to join us at our autumnal School Garden Gathering at Alexander Valley School on Wednesday October 19th at 3:30 pm.
Come check out the fabulous garden kitchen, sample home made kale chips, and learn about SlowFoods Ark of Taste Crops!
I’ll be bringing some wonderful heirloom shelling bean seeds to share as well as some Dakota Black popcorn seed!!
Kids are welcome!
Alexander Valley School, Highway 128, Healdsburg
 Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP to Laurel at if you can make it or if you want to carpool up there!!

Support school gardens and get a breakfast burrito!!

Special Offer of the Day!!


In honor of tonight’s awesome event at Hopmunk, become an SGN individual member and get breakfast at the BEST place in town, Papas and Pollo!! All you have to do is join today either here or at the show tonight and get a coupon for a discounted breakfast item at Papas.

Save the Date-SchoolGarden Gathering -Oct 19th!

Hi all!
Slow Foods North is co hosting our autumnal School Garden Gathering at Alexander Valley School on Wednesday October 19th at 3:30 pm.
Come check out the fabulous garden kitchen, sample home made kale chips, and learn about SlowFoods Ark of Taste Crops!
Alexander Valley School, Highway 128, Healdsburg
Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP to Laurel at if you can make it!

Join the Compost Club – Recycle Organic Waste on Your School Campus!

Dear Sonoma County Teachers (grades 3-12).

It is my pleasure to inform you of a great opportunity to teach your students how to take action to reduce climate change! Students will learn how to recycle orgaputcompost.here_-150x150nic waste on your school campus!

The North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council can come to YOUR school in Sonoma County and offer a classroom presentation by a skilled presenter on recycling wastes to useful compost through onsite natural, biological processes using compost worms. This vermiculture system intrigues children, and motivates discussion on reducing wastes and greenhouse gas production.

Our presenters can deliver a one hour “Recycling Changes Everything” presentation to classrooms in Sonoma County this fall and many schools will receive a small classroom Rubbermaid worm bin for use in the classroom…including the worms!

The Compost Club of Healdsburg ( initiated this program in 2003 and has supported more than twenty sites (schools, wineries, retreat centers, detention facilities) who now divert their organic waste– more than 338,000 lbs. of organic waste have been diverted since the effort began. With the recent closure of Sonoma Compost, now is the time to keep waste in place instead of the alternative – hauling our waste to the East Bay each day. The Compost Club and the Council provide this environmental education outreach on “Vermiculture In the School” through grant funds and our services and materials are provided free of charge.

Schools which participate in the outreach presentations may also become eligible to receive a free onsite worm bin and training for campus-wide waste recycling in the future, as these schools will have priority for system installations when new grant funding is available.

You can contact us at or call Oona Heacock @ 707-293-8656

Whole Kids Grant-Sept 1st!

US School Garden Grants

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support an edible educational garden on the grounds of a K-12 school. Schools, or a non-profit organization working in partnership with a school, may apply.

Interested in a garden grant for a non-profit children’s programming organization, not located at a school? Check out our Extended Learning Garden Grant program!2016 US School Garden Grant
Application Open: September 1st, 2015

  • Application Closed: October 31, 2015 at 5pm CST
  • Review Period: Winter 2016
  • Notification to All Applicants: February 15, 2016
  • Email with any questions

Volunteers & Auction Items at Heirloom Expo!

Volunteer for a 4 hour shift at the Heirloom Expo and receive a free entrance and parking pass!!!

Did you know that participating schools are the beneficiary of the proceeds of the Silent Auction at the Expo. Let Elizabeth know if you can help secure auction items.SGN would really appreciate some help with soliciting items. We want to make this the most lucrative auction ever!!

Have not registered your school to display at the EXPO?   You are in luck-there is still some space. You can register at  The National Heirloom Exposition 2016_1. If you are registering late make sure to let Elizabeth know-contact below.

Reminder that KIDS Day is now all three days at the Expo!

There will be lots of kids activities happening daily in and around Finley Hall.

For more information or to lend a hand at the SGN booth or auction contact our amazing  Heirloom Coordinator-Elizabeth Westerfield (707)887-2599  or