Buy Your Tickets Here for Harvest Fest 2014!

You can buy your tickets for the first annual Harvest Fest by clicking on the event announcement on the front page of the SGN website or by going to http://schoolgardens.org/harvest-fest-2014/.  Harvest Fest 2014 is a benefit for Sonoma County school gardens! The event is on Tuesday, September 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lagunitas Brewing Company Beer Garden in Petaluma. Featuring the popular band, Poor Man’s Whiskey, playing their famous blend of bluegrass/old time, Southern rock, and old school jam for a foot-stomping good time! Tickets: $25 adults /$10 kids over 5 / free, kids under 5. Ticket price includes a delicious seasonal organic dinner. And a not-to-be-missed silent auction! Poor Man’s Whiskey sells out large venues so it is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance. Remaining tickets will be available at the door the evening of the event. We hope to see you there!!

Volunteer at the Upcoming National Heirloom Exposition!

As kids and teachers across Sonoma County are heading back to school, organizers of the 2014 National Heirloom Exposition are gearing up for another wonderful event!  This year the Expo runs from Tuesday, September 9th – Thursday, September 11th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.  Congratulations to all of the schools that are displaying – there are over 30 this year!  The School Garden Network will have a table in the Hall of Flowers and we are looking for volunteers to help staff the table during the following times:

Tuesday : 2 – 5 p.m., 3 – 6 p.m., and 4 – 7 p.m

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 12 noon, 3 – 6 p.m., and 5 – 8 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3 – 6 p.m., and 4 – 7 p.m.

Email Elizabeth Westerfield at westerfielde@gmail.com if you have questions or are able to help out.  Volunteers will get a pass to the Expo.

Thanks!

Schoolyard Habitat Workshop -September 28th

Schoolyard Habitat Workshop    

September 29th

SunridgeFarm Campus

9:00am-4:00pm

Register today at schoolhabitats@gmail.com

Workshop presented by School Garden Network and US Fish and Wildlife

  workshop designed for teachers to create wildlife habitats on school grounds while encouraging long-­‐term stewardship.  Explore strategies to integrate ecologically sound habitat projects into primary and secondary classes across disciplines.

  • Introduction to the basics of habitat design with native species
  • Special guests from Project WILD and Point Blue( formerly Point Reyes Bird Observatory)
  • Learn how your school can qualify for up to $8,000 in funding for a habitat project at your site
  • Explore ways to integrate a habitat project to the curriculum

Details:

This workshop is a pre-requisite for applying for US Fish and Wildlife funding

Please register by September 20th

$35 fee  includes snacks, lunch and take home curriculum and resources

Contact Laurel Anderson with any questions-

707 508 9710

schoolhabitats@gmail.com

 

      

Whole Kids Foundation-School Garden Grant -due 10/31

Why School Gardens?

Whole Kids Foundation believes that student involvement in a school garden fosters a relationship between students and their food. It creates knowledge of and respect for whole nutritious food, informing their food choices for years to come.

Since 2011, Whole Kids Foundation has invested over $4 million to support over 2,100 school gardens across the United States and Canada. Check out our online map to see where we have supported grants.

The School Garden Grant program

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.

2015 School Garden Grant application

Open: September 1st, 2014
Closed: October 31st, 2014
Review Period: Winter 2015
Notification of all applicants: March 1, 2015

Please note: this is an online application. 

Important information and resources:

Eligibility criteria:

  1. School garden must be an edible school garden (such as growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc) and located on the grounds of a K-12 school (public, private or charter, elementary, middle or secondary)
  2. Applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private or charter, elementary, middle or high) or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in partnership with a K-12 school.
  3. Applicant cannot be a previous recipient of a Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant.
  4. Applicant must have the participation and support of a specific partner organization from the community (such as a nonprofit, a farm, a local business, a Whole Foods store, or a garden club) that brings added support and sustainability to the initiative. The applicant, if a nonprofit, may be the community partner for this grant.

Want more inspiration? Check out our School Garden success stories!

 

Harvest Fest 2014 – a benefit for Sonoma County school gardens!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and spread the word about the first annual Harvest Fest fundraiser – a benefit for Sonoma County school gardens! The event is on Tuesday, September 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lagunitas Brewing Company Beer Garden in Petaluma. Featuring the “High-Octane Hootenanny” band, Poor Man’s Whiskey, playing their famous blend of bluegrass/old time, Southern rock, and old school jam for a foot-stomping good time. Tickets: $25 adults /$10 kids over 5 / free, kids under 5. Ticket price includes a delicious seasonal organic dinner. And a not-to-be-missed silent auction! Poor Man’s Whiskey sells out large venues so it is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance by clicking here. Remaining tickets will be available at the door the evening of the event. We hope to see you there!!

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant-$5,000

Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes

It’s almost 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 we’re 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.

Now in its 9th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided over $35 million to more than 8,000 schools across the country.

The Fall 2014 cycle is now open. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is October 15, 2014 11:59pm EST. 

Details http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/index.html

 

Welcome Maggie Fleming- SGN’s new Executive Director !!!

Maggie Fleming is thrilled to join the School Garden Network as Executive Director. Maggie is passionate about community organizing, youth and leadership development, and environmental activism. Her experience in nonprofit leadership includes serving as Co-Director of Transition US, the US arm of the worldwide Transition movement; Executive Director of EarthTeam, a regional youth environmental education and leadership organization; and Senior Development Associate at Earthjustice, an environmental public interest law firm. Maggie is a fellow of LeaderSpring and the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.

SGN Membership/Summer GardenWork Parties -volunteers

Hi All,

I am sure everyone who has been running a garden program for the spring is ready to catch your breath from the whirl wind that is the end of school!

Reminder that if you haven’t had time to do so yet, please take a moment to register your school garden with SGN-(Membership Form).  SGN member schools can apply for a charge account at Harmony Farm Supply with discounted pricing and are eligible for special mini- grant opportunities such as our our WaterWise Minigrant ( WATER_application).  SGN will be soliciting other retail discounts over the summer.

Summer Garden Work-parties- SGN is forging a new partnership with the 2 Rock Coast Guard Station volunteer coordinator. Let me know if you have a work party planned and would like me to post it with the coast guard volunteer coordinator!  Having been the grateful recipient of many volunteers from this station I do want to say that these are volunteers that you definitely want!!!! They are very motivated and skilled.

SGN is also working with the Eagle Scouts of Sonoma County. If you have a particular project that you think might be perfect for an Eagle Scout let me know and I will forward the information on to the coordinator and post in their newsletter.

Please let us know if there are specific ways you could like to see SGN support garden programs in the county. We appreciate your input and ideas!!

Warmly,

Laurel Anderson

 

Thank you, Whole Foods Sebastopol!

The School Garden Network would like to thank the Whole Foods Sebastopol Market for their generosity through their Nickels for Nonprofits Program.  SGN received close to $900 which will go a long way in supporting our grants and mentoring programs.  We sincerely appreciate their support and thank them for their efforts in advocating for healthy foods in schools and funding school garden programs.

Display your school garden at the 2014 National Heirloom Exposition!

We know the school year is winding down, but we’re starting to gear up for the 2014 Heirloom Exposition!  This fantastic event will take place from September 9th -11th at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds.  This year, our goal is to have all schools that want to display signed up by June 10th.  Come and display your school garden program and learn about other programs!  Click here to learn more about becoming an exhibitor.  There is a special form for school gardens.  Download the form, fill it out, and fax or mail to Petaluma Seed Bank.  Hope to see everyone in September!  If you have any questions, call the Petaluma Seed Bank at 707-773-1336.

Harvest Fest 2014