NEW! SGN Membership Program

The School Garden Network of Sonoma County  is excited to launch  a new FREE membership program!  We invite all Sonoma County schools to participate and help us stay connected!

We are pleased to announce that our first participating business is Harmony Farm Supply  in Sebastopol. SGN members will receive significant discount at Harmony Farm Supply, receive a quarterly newsletter and early announcements of free seeds, plants and other resources. SGN plans to partner with more local retailers in the future for additional discounts to schools. (Let us know if you can help with this effort!)

To become a member of the School Garden Network please fill out the following Membership Form and sign up to participate in the Community Forum on the SGN website. The Forum is SGN’s community bulletin board, where information is exchanged about curricular resources, free seeds and plants, workshops, grants, and what’s happening at school gardens in and beyond the county.

Once these steps are complete SGN will send you a membership card and a Harmony Farm Supply application to open a school garden account.

Must be a Sonoma County school to participate.

Questions? info@schoolgardens.org

SGN member schools eligible for Teen Mentor Program

The School Garden Teen Mentor Program will provide SGN member schools with trained high school students who will work with garden coordinators during the summer months.  These dedicated high school teens have completed a Garden Mentorship Training at Santa Rosa Junior College’s award winning Shone Farms. They have been trained by Robert Landry, SRJC Sustainable Ag instructor and Len Greenwood, Montgomery High School Green Pathway Director.

In addition to the in depth training,the School Garden Teen Mentor Program  provides ongoing mentorship, assists with teen coordination and pays an hourly wage to participating teens!!

If interested in working with a teen in your garden this summer please complete SGN’s  Membership Form and contact Len Greenwood  at <lgreenwood@srcs.k12.ca.us>.

 

Job Announcement – Executive Director Position at SGN

The School Garden Network of Sonoma County is pleased to announce a job opening for a part-time Executive Director.  We are seeking an energetic, passionate person with professional leadership experience to inspire and manage the School Garden Network of Sonoma County.  Applications are due by April 25th at 5:00 p.m.  Click here for the complete job description on our website or click on Executive Director position to download the job description.

Sebastopol Whole Foods Nickels for Nonprofits Benefits SGN April 1-13!

Don’t forget to support the School Garden Network by shopping at Whole Foods Market in Sebastopol 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 through the Nickels for Nonprofits program .  The store will also have change jars at the registers so patrons can donate to SGN.  Please show your support for SGN and spread the word to friends and family.  Thanks again Sebastopol Whole Foods for this great opportunity!

OAEC School Garden Teacher Training July 7-11th

The School Garden Program at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) is dedicated to cultivating ecological literacy among youth through garden-based transformation in the living learnscape. OAEC hosts hands-on, residential workshops for school teams over the summer through School Garden Teacher Trainings plus a year of follow up support.
  • Participants learn how to incorporate rigorous, interdisciplinary, Common Core aligned curricula in the living learnscape, paired with the community organizing skills needed to support a thriving program at their schools.
  • While increasing their confidence in gardening, participants appreciate the variety of content & experiences to explore with students. The training covers crop biodiversity, perennial food forests, habitat gardens, restoration, conservation hydrology, climate change, ecological justice, observation, design, event management, campaign organizing & movement integration.
  • Teams are introduced to basic permaculture design principles in order to hold their long-term vision & near-term objectives while reimagining their schools and the potential of garden-based education.
  • Participants enjoy the 80-acre setting of OAEC’s gardens, orchards, wildlands, pond, hot tub, campfires & delicious vegetarian meals. It’s a summer professional development retreat!

Would your school like to send a team July 7-11th, 2014?

Apply now online: http://www.oaec.org/school-garden

Contact Vanessa Carter at vanessa@oaec.org

Check Out These School Garden Webinars from Life Lab and edWeb!

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.

School Garden Teacher Training & Support Program

Sign up now for the School Garden Teacher Training & Support Program through OAEC’s School Ecoliteracy Education Design (SEED) Program.  The year of support will assist your school team in creating and sustaining garden-based ecological literacy programs and helps you build a strong cohort of colleagues in the region.  Through a combination of hands-on sessions and presentations of best practices by experts in the field, the SEED Program teaches participants the basics of organic gardening, permaculture, garden design, curricular integration, team building, community organizing, fundraising and more.
 
Summer sessions: June 23 – 27 & July 7-11, 2014.
Application deadline: March 14th, 2014

Life Lab School Garden Workshops

Bring learning to life in the garden!
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Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-K)View workshop photos
March 1, 2014 – 9am-3pm
Spend a day looking at the garden through the eyes of a young child. Using Life Lab’s Sowing the Seeds of Wonderactivity guide for preschool and kindergarten, participants in this workshop sample preschool science, nutrition and exploration activities; practice basic gardening skills with a focus on gardening with young children; discuss safe and age-appropriate garden design; and learn art projects and songs for preschoolers. One graduate education unit available. Registration deadline: 2/14/14. $150, Learn more and view agenda

The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6) 
March 20-21, 2014 – 9am-3:30pm
Find out how to bring learning to life in the garden! Using Life Lab’s Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, participants in this workshop experience highly engaging, hands-on activities connected to Next Generation Science and Common Core Math and English Language Arts; and practice gardening with a focus on involving large groups of children safely and effectively. We will also discuss tried-and-true strategies for sustaining successful school garden programs. Graduate education units available. Registration deadline:3/6/14. $300, Learn more and view agenda

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education: Spring Version (Grades K-8)
April 29, 2014 – 9am-3pm
Make the connection from seed to table in this fun and delicious workshop. Using tried-and-true Life Lab lessons and recipes for grades K-8, participants explore effective ways to teach nutrition and encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables through gardening, harvesting and meal preparation. We offer spring and fall versions of this workshop, each with unique content. Graduate education units available. Registration deadline: 4/15/14. $150 Learn more and view spring agenda

Growing Healthy, Strong, Inspired Teens: An Introduction to Youth Empowerment for Educators Working with High School-Age Youth
May 23, 2014 – 9am-3pm
Learn how to engage and work with teens using a youth empowerment model. Though hands-on activities, participants will gain tools for tone-setting, exploring youth voice, and working with teens in a garden or cooking setting. We will offer best practices, curriculum, pedagogy and fun from the FoodWhat program. Registration deadline: 5/9/14. $150 Learn more and register

The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6) 
July 24-25, 2014 – 9am-3:30pm
Find out how to bring learning to life in the garden! Using Life Lab’s Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, participants in this workshop experience highly engaging, hands-on activities connected to Next Generation Science and Common Core Math and English Language Arts; and practice gardening with a focus on involving large groups of children safely and effectively. We will also discuss tried-and-true strategies for sustaining successful school garden programs. Graduate education units available. Registration deadline: 7/9/14. $300, Learn more and view agenda

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-K)
August 23, 2014 – 9am-3pm
Spend a day looking at the garden through the eyes of a young child. Using Life Lab’s Sowing the Seeds of Wonder activity guide for preschool and kindergarten, participants in this workshop sample preschool science, nutrition and exploration activities; practice basic gardening skills with a focus on gardening with young children; discuss safe and age-appropriate garden design; and learn art projects and songs for preschoolers. One graduate education unit available. Registration deadline: 8/8/2014. $150, Learn more and view agenda

At a Life Lab Garden Classroom Workshop you will:
  • be inspired by our model educational Garden ClassroomThe Garden Classroom
  • take a walking tour of the 25-acre UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems’organic farm
  • meet and learn from other garden-based educators
  • enjoy a farm-fresh meal
  • take home lessons and resources to use in the garden or classroom

1 semester unit of graduate education credit available through the University of the Pacific for an additional $60/workshop day.

Since 1979, Life Lab has trained tens of thousands of educators.

Bring Us to Your Site

Life Lab offers the workshops listed above and a few others on creating and teaching in a school garden. Theseworkshops can be customized for your needs.  Additionally we offer consulting on all topics related to school garden program development.

Contact Us

Life Lab’s Education Director – Whitney Cohen
831.459.3833
education@lifelab.org

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Financial Assistance Available

Life Lab provides a limited number of workshop fee reductions based on need and anticipated impact. Download an application at our Garden Classroomworkshop page.

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OAEC presents WILLOW STRUCTURES in LIVING LEARNSCAPES:

 

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

Lunch included

Location:

The Guerneville School

14630 Armstrong Woods Road,

Guerneville, CA 95446

To register:

 

1) Email the following information to vanessa@oaec.org:

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!

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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.

Take the California School Garden Survey!

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:
http://fluidsurveys.com/s/california-school-garden-survey/