Has your school garden been impacted by the fires?

Dear School Garden educators and supporters,

This past week has been extremely difficult for our community as we come to realize the collective loss and changed landscape caused by the horrific fires in our county. Most students in our county lost a week of school and some are still not able to return to their normal routines due to the poor air quality. Even more dire are the schools that sustained fire damage.

We are interested to know about any and all schools that sustained significant damage in the fires, and are planning to do some fundraising to help revitalize gardens at these schools. We know that it takes a lot of donated time and money to get a garden program started at a school and fire damage could be devastating to those efforts. We want to do everything we can to make sure that existing school garden programs continue to thrive.

If your school garden sustain damage please fill out this form to inform us:

 

A big thank you to Whole Foods Market

We are so grateful to Whole Foods Markets of Sonoma County for their fundraising efforts on behalf of School Garden Network. Our partnership generated over $13,000 – 5 cents at a time! This funding allows us to continue our work with local schools; providing financial and educational support for school garden coordinators and nutritional education with hands on cooking and tasting of fresh foods for elementary aged children and their families.

From all of us at SGN, thank you Whole Foods!

Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants- due Oct.20th

Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants

The Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants program provides teachers in public and private schools across West Sonoma County with grants up to $500 to complete school projects. Since the start of the program in 2002, almost $250,000 has been raised for distribution to local teachers. Hundreds of requests have been granted for educational tools, sports equipment, books, computer equipment, classroom materials and other educational enhancements. Mini-grants are available during the fall and spring application periods.
Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants are funded by money raised at our annual Sebastopol Rotary Crab Feed in February.  Please come join us, have a fabulous meal and support Mark Sell Rotary Teacher Grants!

Grant Size: $50 to $500 maximum

Qualifications: Any teacher working in a public or tax-exempt private school located within the boundaries of the West Sonoma County Union High School District.

Fall 2017 Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017

Guidelines to Apply

Questions can be directed to Keller McDonald at mcdonaldfam77@comcast.net

BirdSleuth School Garden Grant-due Oct.8th!

Hi all,

I just found this grant…it’s last minute but maybe some of you can use grant language you allready have writen to apply.

Best,

Laurel

 

BirdSleuth is  awarding $25,000 in grants to grow healthy, happy, nature-connected kids!

School gardens provide an exciting context for cross-disciplinary learning and a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on activities, project-based learning, and citizen science. Kids benefit from gardens in academic, physical, emotional, social, and behavioral ways. We are excited to support teachers’ efforts to engage kids in outdoor learning and all its benefits!

We will award 20 grants to teachers within the United States who strive to take the classroom outside, reconnect students with the natural world, and teach them valuable concepts and skills that integrate across all subjects. In partnership with our amazing sponsor, Alaska Fertilizer, we’re thrilled to support 20 teachers with a $500-$2,000 grant, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit. Funds can support a new garden or the revitalization of an existing one. In addition to funding food/veggie gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.

Apply Here

Application Process & Eligibility

The application is open to all K-12 schools, public and private, within the United States. Homeschool families, daycare facilities, and informal education settings such as nature centers and museums are not eligible. We cannot support U.S. territories at this time. The online application process opens August 21, 2017 and will close October 8, 2017 at 11:59pm ET. Email birdsleuth@cornell.edu with any questions.

Watch a recording of our free webinar “Starting a School Garden for Birds.” We spent part of the webinar discussing the garden grant application.

Grant Application Questions

For those of you looking to prepare for the application, below are the questions. Review our Spring 2016 Garden Grant Winners for inspiration!

  1. Please tell us what you’d like to do to support the building or revitalization of your school garden. Describe in detail what you’d like to accomplish.
  2. Where is/will the garden be located? When do you anticipate beginning your project and over what time frame do you think you will implement it?
  3. Who will participate in the construction of your garden? Who will have access to the garden upon completion?
  4. How do you plan to integrate gardening for birds or habitat creation/improvements? Please give us some details about your plans.
  5. What learning/educational outcomes do you hope for?
  6. How much funding are you requesting and how will you use the funding (plants, supplies, curriculum, seed, professional development, etc.)? Your chances of receiving an award will be higher if you are specific with your budget. Grants range from $500-$2,000. You may not receive the amount you request. Grants will be based on need and impact.

 

Grant Details & Timeline

Each school selected will receive a BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit, gardening supplies from Alaska Fertilizer, and $500-$2,000 depending on the school’s needs and overall funding requests.

  • Application window: August 21-October 8, 2017.
  • All winners notified by October 20, 2017.
  • BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit will be sent to winners immediately.
  • Selected winners must attend a 1.5 hour online training either November 1 at 7pm ET or November 2 at 8pm ET. After the training, 75% of the allocated funds will be provided.
  • Between November and June, the winning schools must implement their proposed garden plan and the kit lessons.
  • A final report is required no later than July 1, 2018 from each school. This final report will consist of a brief survey and sharing the school’s progress on the BirdSleuth Action Map. Upon submission of the final report, each school will receive the remaining 25% of the funds to support continuation of the project.

About Alaska FertilizerAlaska_Logo-01

Alaska Fertilizer produces fish emulsion fertilizers, made from by-products of the fishing industry. High in organic matter, these fertilizers make use of otherwise wasted nutrients. These fertilizers are useful on all types of plants, easy to use, difficult to over-apply, harmless, and organic – making them ideal for school use!

 

Free Fall Starts!

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s Plant Nursery has generously donated some fall starts to the School Garden Network. Included are some six packs of lettuces, Brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, borage flowers, bachelor buttons, cress, and collards.

If you would like to use any of these plants in your garden, they will be at the Ceres Garden in north Sebastopol starting tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 4) after 5pm.

Thanks to Dougo for making these beautiful plants available to us.

Schoolyard Habitat Workshop Oct 12th-with registration link

Hi all,

Whoops! the last announcement I sent out did not have the link to the registration form. Sorry about that!

Laurel

 

Bring a little wildlife into your school garden!!!!

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12TH

9:00am-4:00pm

Tarsier Meeting Room

OReilly Media Center 1005 Gravenstein HWY, Sebastopol

Entymologist and Master Gardener, Janet Calhoon will share her knowldedge about the gentle, solitary native bees of California. These are fascinating and diverse pollinators that students can safely study in the school garden.

LEARN HOW TO:

  • Design a successful habitat project integrated with Common Core and NGGS standards
  • Link to engaging and relevant Citizen Science programs
  • Create opportunities for students to become empowered stewards of their environment
  • Qualify for up to $5,000 in funding  from US Fish and Wildlife for your habitat project
  • Develop native Pollinator Patches, Monarch Way Stations, Songbird Hedgerows, NestBox trails, Lizard Castles,  Native Bee Houses, Bogs, Insect Hotels, and Bird Blinds!!

If you have already taken this workshop invite others on your habitat team to attend. The more inspired teachers working on your project the better!

Details:
    • Workshop is a pre-requisite for qualifying for US Fish & Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat funding
    • Registration and payment of $35- due by October 1st.   Please mail payment to SGN – PO BOX 1367 – Sebastopol, CA 95472
    • Vegetarian lunch  & snacks included
    • Receive US Fish and Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat Guide , Habitat Garden Book by Nancy Bauer, Pollinator Posters and Butterfly ID cards!

    Register Here

  • Contact Laurel Anderson at schoolhabitats@gmail.com for more information.

Temporary Assistant Garden Coordinator – John B. Riebli Elementary: Santa Rosa

Responsibilities: The Assistant School Garden Coordinator will be building upon a foundation of five years of work by previous coordinators, and will continue to connect students to healthy food through experiences and lessons in the garden, nutrition education and cooking. Lessons include subject matter in art, science, health, math and language arts.

Garden Coordinators will:
● Lead student lessons in the garden (lessons previously developed)
● Work alongside classroom teacher to engage and maintain a positive class environment
● Maintain garden and garden beds
● Coordinate with and attend monthly PTA general meetings
● Coordinate and communicate with school staff

Garden Description: 12 raised bed tasting garden following an all subjects CA standards curriculum.
Garden Activities: Grow vegetables, Composting bin, Cooking or taste testing in the garden or classroom, Nature
study, Seed saving, Vermicomposting, Science experiments, creative & visual arts

Year Garden Was Started : 2012
Location: 315 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa
Garden Coordinator: Tina Thomas
Skills/Qualification Desired:
Strong written & verbal communication
Experience with elementary students
Basic gardening and nutrition knowledge
Passion for food
Adaptability, organization & scheduling
Time management
Self-starter and problem-solver
Ability to multi-task
Positive attitude in a busy environment
Team player
Creativity to develop lessons, events and community engagement opportunities
The ideal candidate is passionate about food systems and environmental education, has experience working with kids outdoors, cooking healthy food, and growing food!
Maintain communication and attend monthly garden meetings and PTA meetings to provide a brief update on garden activities

Hours and Compensation: $25/hr for instructional time with students, paid through Riebli PTA funds
How to apply: Contact Patty Dineen, Riebli Elementary School, 707-524-2980, ext 3101

Reminder-School Garden Gathering tomorrow

Join School Garden Network tomorrow,Wednesday Sept 20th from 3:30-5:30 at Old Adobe Elementary School (2856 Adobe Rd, Petaluma CA, 94954) for a back to school school garden gathering!!

We’ll take a tour of Old Adobe School’s wonderful garden and learn about their program.

Then we’ll have some fun with seed saving and share some seedy activities for  school garden and share a seedy snack!

We’d like to also have some time for you all to share your favorite garden stories and engaging activities!

Sign Up Here

 

See ya there!!

Acorn Naturalists

Acorn Naturalist is an amazing catalogue filled with resources for school garden educators.

To check out their interactive digital catalog –  click here. 

This site is filled with ideas and tools for planning your programs, enriching your curriculum, and getting children interested in science and nature.

This year they’ve added over 250 new products, including replicas, hands-on activity kits, field equipment, interpretive tools, curricula, and resources aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

SCHOOLYARD HABITAT WORKSHOP-Oct.12th

Bring a little wildlife into your school garden!!!!

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12TH

9:00am-4:00pm

Tarsier Meeting Room

OReilly Media Center 1005 Gravenstein HWY, Sebastopol

Entymologist and Master Gardener, Janet Calhoon will share her knowldedge about the gentle, solitary native bees of California. These are fascinating and diverse pollinators that students can safely study in the school garden.

LEARN HOW TO:

  • Design a successful habitat project integrated with Common Core and NGGS standards
  • Link to engaging and relevant Citizen Science programs
  • Create opportunities for students to become empowered stewards of their environment
  • Qualify for up to $5,000 in funding  from US Fish and Wildlife for your habitat project
  • Develop native Pollinator Patches, Monarch Way Stations, Songbird Hedgerows, NestBox trails, Lizard Castles,  Native Bee Houses, Bogs, Insect Hotels, and Bird Blinds!!

If you have already taken this workshop invite others on your habitat team to attend. The more inspired teachers working on your project the better!

Details:
    • Workshop is a pre-requisite for qualifying for US Fish & Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat funding
    • Registration and payment of $35- due by October 1st.   Please mail payment to SGN – PO BOX 1367 – Sebastopol, CA 95472
    • Vegetarian lunch  & snacks included
    • Receive US Fish and Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat Guide , Habitat Garden Book by Nancy Bauer, Pollinator Posters and Butterfly ID cards!

     

    REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP HERE

  • Contact Laurel Anderson at schoolhabitats@gmail.com for more information.