Make your year-end contribution to School Garden Network!

This time of year we are particularly grateful for all the people that are supporting efforts to connect students with fresh local food and garden-based education. We hope that you will consider contributing to our work through a year-end donation. A generous donor has offered to match any other donation made to SGN up to $1000 between now and December 31, 2014. Please consider matching this grant or contribute any amount that you find comfortable. Again, we appreciate your support and wish you a wonderful holiday season! Click here to donate.

SGN Receives Grant from the Rose Foundation

SGN recently received a generous $3,000 grant from the Rose Foundation, Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund to support our garden-based education programs.  The mission of the Rose Foundation is “to support grassroots initiatives to inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health”.  This funding will go a long way to help us carry out our own mission of supporting and promoting sustainable garden and nutrition-based learning programs in Sonoma County schools. We thank them for their support!

School Gardens Featured in New Issue of Made Local Magazine!

Made Local Magazine features school gardens and the work of the School Garden Network in its Nov-Dec 2014 issue.  The article, Learning to Eat, highlights the benefits of school gardens and the challenges of sustaining these programs.  SGN Board members, Julia Valentine and Laurel Anderson, are interviewed and the successful garden programs at Wright Charter School and Salmon Creek School are featured.  You can read the article (page 13) online by clicking here.

Lowes Toolbox for Education grant-$5,000

Lowe’s will donate up to $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups – at as many as 1,000 different public schools per school year. Click here to see if you are eligible!

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.

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The Spring 2015 cycle is now open. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is February 13, 2015 11:59pm EST. If 1500 applications are received, Lowe’s reserves the right to close the cycle. If that happens, the ‘Apply Now’ button will no longer appear on the website.

Free Seeds from the Petaluma Seed Bank

 Free seeds are available to school gardens.
Contact Vicky at with your request for free seeds. Please include the school’s tax id number with the request.

Eileen Wallace

School Garden Displays/Educational and Fun Day Coordinator

The National Heirloom Exposition

199 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952

Nourish Food +Community

Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities.To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and teacher and youth seminars. With a distinctly positive vision, Nourish celebrates both food and community.

Teach: How to Use Nourish in the Classroom

Nourish offers a bounty of media and education tools to support K-12 teachers, farm-to-school and garden coordinators, and health and nutrition educators.


Garden Coordinators Gather for Productive Exchange!

Last week Garden Coordinators from around Sonoma County (and one from Chico!) gathered to share their experiences, best practices, garden activities, recipes, etc. with one another.  Participants were treated to a garden tour from the host of the gathering, Celosia Arcadia from Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley in Petaluma.  Celosia and Laurel Anderson (SGN mentor and coordinator of the Schoolyard Habitat Program) also shared fun garden activities and lessons which participants carried out in the garden.  There was time at the end of the gathering to open up the conversation to the challenges and successes everyone has experienced at their own sites.  SGN will hold more garden gatherings around Sonoma County throughout the year.  Stay tuned for the dates of those gatherings.


Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant due October 31st

Whole Kids Foundation 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

Click HERE or more information on this grant.

Fairy Village

Thank you to all the families that joined us for the Fairy Village Building project at Ives Park during the Sebastopol Village Building Convergence!

The event started with a story circle, reading “Kirsten’s Fairy House,” and then the builders went to work creating the village from natural materials. A group of young architects, builders, and city planners created a whimsical fairy village, nestled among the redwoods. And these little homes were made just in time to keep the fairies dry from the rain.

We look forward to building with you all again next year!

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Thank You for Making Harvest Fest 2014 A Huge Success!





The School Garden Network’s first annual fundraiser, Harvest Fest 2014, was a big success with over 250 people attending the event at the Lagunitas Brewery!  It was a fun evening filled with live music, food and beer.  The crowd danced to Poor Man’s Whiskey’s lively bluegrass/southern rock tunes throughout the night and enjoyed pork tacos, beans, tamales, quesadillas, salsa, watermelon, and a seasonal salad with lettuce and vegetables from Wright Charter School.  The silent auction was well attended and the event raised close to $10,000 which will go to support Sonoma County school gardens! We want to thank everyone who participated in the event as well as all of our generous sponsors and businesses that donated items for the auction and dinner:

The Lagunitas Brewery, Poor Man’s Whiskey and Criminal Baking Co.

Food donations: Devil’s Gulch Ranch, Tierra Farm, Susan Stover, Wright Charter School, Julia Valentine, FEED Sonoma, Whole Foods Market and Petaluma Market.

Auction donations: Sonoma Canopy Tours, Trader Joes, Ann Marie Fine Jewelry, Anytime Fitness, Bliss Day Spa, Boylan Point Agency, Canvas Ranch, Chica Bloom Farm, Circle of Hands Toy Store, CIRQ Estate, Cold Stone Creamery, Copperfields Books, Cottage Gardens, Devoto Gardens, Harmony Farm Supply, Hedda Brorstrom, Judy Mathieson, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Kosta-Browne Winery, Laguna Farm, Lando Family Wines, Lynmar Estate, Mary Lia Skincare, Medlock-Ames, Mr. Ryder Co., Old School Strength, Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, Relish Culinary Adventures, Rialto Cinemas, San Francisco 49ers, School Garden Preserves, Soda Rock Farms, Symbiosis Green Roofs, Tap Root Farm, Tara Firma Farm, Taylor Maid Farms, The Green Music Center, The SHED, Thistle Meats, Triad Bodybuilding, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, West Coach Archery Shop, Wild Goat Bistro, Williams Selyem, World Centric, and Yoga One.