Don’t forget to support the School Garden Network by shopping at Whole Foods Market in Sebastopol between January 20th and February 15th and between April 1st and April 13th. When customers bring in their own bags they can either receive a 5 cent credit per bag or they can choose to donate it to School Garden Network . The store will also have change jars at the registers from January 20th – April 13th so patrons can donate to SGN. Please show your support for SGN and spread the word to friends and family. Thank you to the Sebastopol Whole Foods for this great opportunity!
Life Lab and edWeb’s Growing School Gardens Community is sponsoring two webinars. Common Core in the Garden Webinar will take place on Feb. 18th at 1:00 p.m. and Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens Webinar will take place on March 4th at 1:00 p.m. For more information and to register, click here.
WILLOW STRUCTURES in LIVING LEARNSCAPES:
A Workshop for Educators
February 8th, 2014
|Learn how to build living willow structures with your colleagues and take your green schoolyard to the next level! In this day-long workshop, you will learn all of the principles and methods needed to make a living arch, tunnel, dome & bench. We will discuss harvesting techniques & strategies; design & siting; and long-term care & maintenance. Participants will leave with an expanded vision of the sculptural, educational and ecological possibilities inherent in this abundant native material.Saturday, February 8th9am – 4:30pm
$50 / participant
The Guerneville School
14630 Armstrong Woods Road,
Guerneville, CA 95446
1) Email the following information to email@example.com:
name, school, home address (for carpooling), cell phone & dietary restrictions.
2) Send your $50 check payable to OAEC.
Space is limited. Register now!
Native willow trees are so vigorous that if you cut off a branch and stick it in damp soil, it will start sprouting! Since willow is also a traditional material for making baskets and rustic furniture, there are a wide range of possibilities for creating living woven garden structures. Willows grow widely in roadside ditches and get cut back regularly, so it’s a free material that’s available almost anywhere you go!
Josho Somine is a designer, sculptor, builder and teacher native to the Bay Area. He started working with willow and school gardens in 2000 and has done installations and workshops in diverse sites and communities across the country. He has been active in the national permaculture network since 1997, holds a BFA in sculpture, and a master’s in landscape architecture. He also likes to make baskets in the winter.
Life Lab, in collaboration with the California School Garden Network, is conducting a survey of California School Gardens. The information gathered from this survey will help those that are creating and supporting school garden projects better understand how school gardens operate.
Please help spread the word your school garden team. The goal is for every school in California to respond. For schools that do not have gardens, we want to know what the barriers are. For schools with gardens we want to know what makes them work and what resources are needed to sustain them.
Learn more and take the survey here:
The 4th annual Green Schools National Conference, March 27-29, 2014, in Sacramento, is sponsored by the Green Schools National Network (GSNN).
“Working Together for Healthy, Sustainable Schools”.
Leaders from across the country will share best practices and work to define solutions to address barriers to transforming all schools into green, healthy, and sustaining learning communities.
Topics will include curriculum that advances sustainability skills and knowledge for the 21st century; stewardship and service learning; sustainable facilities design, management, and operations; health and well being; and creating strong partnerships and networks.
Participants will represent hundreds of public, public charter, and private schools and school districts that see the ‘greening’ of the nation’s schools as the way to save money, improve student health and achievement — and reduce their environmental impact in the process.
Whether your school is a comprehensive ‘green school’ or just getting started, the conference will offer practical strategies, solutions and connect you with experts who can provide a ‘road map’ for greening your school or school district.
The following are current funding opportunities that might apply to your school garden:
The Culinary Trust: Chefs move to school
The Chefs Move to Schools Grant provides funds for culinary professionals to help our children eat right by teaching them about food, nutrition and cooking. Funds can be used from garden to table: culinary professionals may seek funding for any program that promotes health and wellness in schools. For example, the grant may be used to plant a garden, teach a class, promote or create a wellness program for students or parents or assist in creating a school curriculum that focuses on healthy eating. In order to qualify the grant applicant must have the support of the school principal and, in some cases, additional school personnel.
Awesome Foundation‘s Food chapter
The Awesome Foundation‘s Food chapter is now taking applications for its $1,000 microgrants to further food awesomessness in the universe. Apply at Awesome Foundation and submit under “Food” category. Every month, one microgrant will be given for an awesome idea involving food, be it urban farming, food truck, recipe collects, pop-up cafes, or health. The more inventive the better.
Healthy Living Grants, Cabot Creamery
Who May Apply: Schools with matching funds seeking to improve kids‘ health through exercise, nutrition and/or information.
Cabot is an enthusiastic supporter of our communities‘ efforts to improve our kids‘ health through exercise, better nutrition and lots of fun knowledge. Cabot created the matching grant process to encourage schools to reach out to their own local businesses, cooperatives, parent clubs and others. Doing this supports sustainability for the initiative, provides awareness about a school‘s new healthy living idea and encourages participation by community members.
Website: http://www.cabotcheese.coop/pages/community_and_you/school_grants …
Sabrina Howell, Steele Lane Elementary School Garden Coordinator since 2011, provides us with an insightful overview of their garden program which was started in 1989. The school has received several grants from community groups and businesses over the years, including a recent grant from the School Garden Network. Read more about their unique program by clicking on Spotlight on Steele Lane.