Garden Coordinator position open at Spring Creek Charter School

Spring Creek Charter School in Santa Rosa seeks a Garden Coordinator to teach weekly garden education classes, maintain the vegetable and pollinator gardens and fruit trees, as well as facilitate community involvement and investment in our school garden.   Now in its 10th year, the school garden program is an important part of school culture and is highly valued by the school community.  
 
Qualifications: Minimum of 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 4-9; knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening; knowledge of or interest in topics including urban gardening, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access;  ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults; ability to work independently and be flexible. Compensation is commensurate with experience.  Application deadline is September 15, 2016.
 
To submit an application, please send a resume and cover letter to Jay Dowd, Spring Creek Principal, at jdowd@rvusd.org.

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant

 

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

2016 School Garden Grant Program

Application Open: September 1st, 2015
Application Closed: October 31, 2015 at 5pm CST
Review Period: Winter 2016
Notification of all applicants: February 15, 2016

Email gardens@wholekidsfoundation.orgwith any questions.

 

SGN Awards Garden-Based Education Grants to Three Schools for 2015-2016

SGN is pleased to announce that Albert F. Biella Elementary, Roseland Creek Elementary, and Robert L. Stevens Elementary have been awarded $2,500 each to support their garden programs.  These grants were made possible by the generosity of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend through a grant to SGN.  All three of these schools are located in underserved communities with a large percentage of students on free and reduced lunch.  The staff and administration at these schools have shown a commitment to the success of their gardens and realize the positive impact that these programs can have on their students. SGN is looking forward to working closely with these schools throughout the school year!

Volunteers Needed for the Heirloom Expo!

There are several opportunities to volunteer at the upcoming National Heirloom Exposition on September 8th – 10th. Volunteers are needed to help with activities on Kid’s Day on Thursday, September 10th for 4 hour blocks of time starting at 8:00 am. Volunteers will be given a parking pass and lunch that day. School Garden Network is also looking for volunteers during the three days, but especially on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Volunteers will be given a parking pass and entrance to the fair. If you are interested, please email Elizabeth Westerfield at westerfielde@gmail.com.

Calling All Schools: Come to Kid’s Day at the National Heirloom Exposition on September 10th!

“The World’s Pure Food Fair” is coming once again to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on September 8th – 10th. Schools are invited to participate in the event by either visiting on Kid’s Day on the 10th and/or by putting together a display of your school’s garden program. Transportation is available for classes that want to visit and participation in the event is free for schools. For more information on visiting the Expo or displaying at the event, contact Chris Byrne at info@TheHeirloomExpo.com or call (707) 773-1336.  In order to complete the entry form to exhibit at the Expo, click here or you can download the form and fill it out by clicking here. More information can be found by following these links:

School Garden Exhibit Guidelines

School Chalk Artist Application

We hope to see you there!

Garden Coordinator Position Open at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley

Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley is looking for a Garden Coordinator to facilitate garden-based education classes, manage the school garden, as well as bring students, families, teachers and community members together to develop and maintain this vibrant and productive hub of our year round public charter school. Qualifications:  Minimum of 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 5-13; Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening; Knowledge of or interest in topics including urban gardening, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access;  Ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults; Ability to work independently and be flexible. Application deadline is August 18, 2015.
 
For more information please contact Liza Eichert 707-239-3753 or Leichert@petk12.org.
 
To apply please visit the Petaluma City Schools Website.

 

Plant Ark of Taste Seeds in Your School Garden: Free Lettuce and Bean Seeds!

The Ark of Taste is a catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. Thanks to the partnership between Slow Foods USA, Baker Creek Seeds, and Chipotle Mexican Grill there is a surplus of two Ark of Taste Seeds – Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce and Mayflower Beans.  If you are interested in receiving one of each of these types of seed packets, email gardens@slowfoodusa.org with the following information:

Name

Shipping address

Name of school where seeds will be planted

Address of the school

There is no cost for the seeds or for shipping!

Lagunitas Brewery’s Hops for Crops to Benefit CAFF

Hops For Crops is Lagunitas Brewing Co’s way of turning beer into money for CAFF: North Coast. They’ll be popping up at select farmers markets through the end of August in Sonoma county and selling some beers, with 100% of the profits going back to CAFF (putting the profits back into non-profits!). View the flier for the dates and locations of farmers markets by clicking here. For more information online, go to lagunitas.com/hopsforcrops#.

Garden Coordinator Position Open at Steele Lane Elementary

Steele Lane Elementary School in Santa Rosa is seeking a part-time Garden Coordinator to work 2 days/week from 8 am – 3 pm.  Click here for more information and a full job description.

Lowes “Toolbox for Education” Grant-applications open in August

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 10th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided over $42 million to more than 9,600 schools across the country.

Imagine what you could do for your school

Increase parent involvement? Build stronger community spirit? Create a new school tradition? The ideas are endless. Whatever goals and dreams you have for your school, we can help you fulfill them!

2015-2016 Grant Application Update

For more than 65 years, Lowe’s has supported the communities we call home. At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to support the basic needs of their communities, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes the importance of financial support.

This year, as a foundation, we are challenging ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today’s challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.

Please keep this focus in mind as you apply for a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®grant in the 2015-2016 academic year. Thank you.

 

Applications will be available in August