Join the Compost Club – Recycle Organic Waste on Your School Campus!

The Compost Club is looking for highly motivated schools in Sonoma County (3rd grade and up) with the capacity to initiate or improve an institution-wide daily practice of recycling organic waste through an onsite vermiculture system!

They will be delivering a one hour “Recycling Changes Everything” presentation to thirty schools in Sonoma County this school year. They will select seven schools to receive and install a school wide vermiculture system.

The Compost Club project started in 2003 and now supports more than twenty sites (schools, wineries, retreat centers, detention facilities) who now divert their organic waste. They have diverted more than 338,000 lbs. of organic waste since the effort began. With the recent closure of Sonoma Compost, now is the time to keep waste in place instead of the alternative – hauling our waste to the East Bay each day. Their work is grant funded- the services and materials they provide are free of charge.

You can contact them through their website at 

2016 Youth Garden Grant-due Dec.1st

Since 1982, National Gardening Association has awarded Youth Garden Grants to 5,416 schools, nonprofits, and youth programs across the United States contributing over 2.9 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives. This year, Youth Garden Grant is sponsored by NGA’s generous donor base with contributions from Ames, Bonnie Plants, Cloudfarm, Eartheasy, Ecotonix, Gardener’s Supply Company, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Rain Bird, and SmartPot.


The 2016 Youth Garden Grant is an award designed to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability.

Click here to begin the application

Bread for the Journey-Innovative philantropy

Our network of over 120 volunteers raises money to support projects that make their communities more vital. Bread for the Journey is founded on clear principles of grassroots, small-scale giving that make it easy to make a difference.

People Before Proposals

People are at the heart of generosity and philanthropy. Grant selection is based on personal interaction and trust, not paperwork.

Simple and Fun

Our chapters are run by volunteers from their living rooms or kitchens. They raise money in the way that feels right for them and when they have money, they give it away.


Bread for the Journey has the ability to respond quickly to people’s ideas because there’s not a long, drawn-out application process.


Since Bread for the Journey grants are small and strategic, a small amount can go farther. It’s not just for high rollers – anyone can make a difference.


People have the opportunity to give in their own community and see the results. It’s a perfect way to get to know the many people doing great things locally.


We trust our ability to recognize recipients who are energetic and insightful. We are inspired by their dreams. We trust them, follow them, and help them get what they need.


Bread for the Journey welcomes anyone and supports diverse causes. We believe it takes many ingredients and efforts to make a community whole.

Just as our logo represents, we feel there is a place at the table for everyone. At its heart, Bread for the Journey’s work is about inviting people to participate as an agent of change to make their local community more vital, healthy, beautiful, and just.

Join us to create change in your own community >



SGN Receives Generous Donation from Hydrofarm

School Garden Network would like to thank Hydrofarm for a generous donation in support of school gardens in Sonoma County!  Hydrofarm is based in Petaluma and is the nation’s oldest wholesaler and leading manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and high-intensity grow lights. They are not only committed to quality, but to their community and have donated supplies and funding to both national and local causes.  We appreciate their support! For more information on Hydrofarm, click here.

More plants available from Sweetwater Nursery – pick up at the CERES garden

Sweetwater nursery has generously donated more flats of lettuce, kale and broccoli starts for school gardens.  The plants will be available starting tomorrow morning after 10 am (Friday, October 2) at the CERES Food Garden located behind the O’Reilly Business complex on 116 just north of Sebastopol. Thank you, Sweetwater Nursery!

Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grants

The Nature Works Everywhere program is currently accepting applications for garden grants during the 2015–16 school year. Grants will be given in the amount of $1,000–$2,000 dependent upon the needs of the project. Funds may be used to support the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses, with preference given to rain, pollinator, native habitat, and other natural infrastructure projects. Food gardens will also be funded.  Applications are due by October 28th.  For more information, go to the Nature Works Garden Grants website.

Broccoli starts from Sweetwater nursery available for pick-up at CERES garden

The kind folks at Sweetwater Nursery have donated about 90 packs of broccoli starts for school gardens.  The plants can be picked up at the CERES Food Garden which is behind the O’Reilly Business complex on 116 just north of Sebastopol. Ceres Garden is open all day so drop by at any time to pick up plants. They are located on the pallets next to the greenhouse.  Please take only the broccoli 6-packs.

Next Generation Science in the Garden Webinar on Monday, September 28 at 1 pm

On Monday, September 28th at 1 p.m., Whitney Cohen (Education Director from Life Lab) will present a webinar on Next Generation Science in the Garden.  In order to participate, you first need to join the Growing School Gardens community on edWeb. Below is more information on the webinar.  Once you join, you will receive notices of other upcoming webinars related to school gardens.
Monday, Sep. 28 at 1 p.m.
Next Generation Science in the Garden
Presented by Whitney Cohen, Education Director, Life Lab and Lecturer, UC Santa Cruz
In This Session
Let’s put earth and life back into earth and life science! In this webinar, Life Lab’s Whitney Cohen will share how to use a garden as a meaningful context in which students can engage in next generation science and engineering practices to examine disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor garden classroom? Whitney will field questions from attendees after her presentation. Formal and informal educators interested in using a garden to enrich science learning and connect to the new Next Generation Science Standards in grades K-5 will benefit from this live, interactive webinar.
To Participate in the Live Session
– This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
– As a member of the Growing School Gardens community, pre-registration is not required.
– Log in at at the scheduled time.
– Test your system for best quality:
About the Presenter
Whitney Cohen is the Education Director at Life Lab, a national leader in garden-based education. She presents hands-on workshops and writes activity guides for educators across the country. Whitney also teaches “Teaching Environmental Education” at UC Santa Cruz. Whitney is an educator, lecturer and author with tremendous commitment to, and expertise in, place-based education; student-led inquiry; strategies for engaging a diverse student population; and the intersection between environmental education and the public school system. Follow Whitney on Twitter @lifelabtweets.
This program is co-hosted by the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab.
Visit our Webinar Calendar to view all webinars this month.
Follow us on Twitter @edwebnet to learn about upcoming webinars and special events!

Webinar for Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grants

The Whole Kids Foundation (WKF) School Garden Grants allow schools to apply for up to $2,000 to support school garden programs.  The application process is now open, and  Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program wants to help school garden leaders apply.  They are hosting a webinar Monday September 28th at 2 PM EST with Whole Kids so that you can learn more about the grants and ask questions directly to WKF representatives.
You can also receive technical assistance from the National School Garden team in completing your application.  Contact Andrew at for more details. In addition, their website  includes examples of previous grant applications from Slow Food school gardens that were successful in getting awards.  
FYI – You don’t need to live near a Whole Foods store to apply for a grant, and previous winners of Whole Kids grants cannot apply for a second grant.  Some Slow Food chapters have had great success supporting schools applying for these grants, so let them help you be competitive for this year’s grant!
Join them for a timely session featuring guest presenters from the Whole Kids Foundation who will explain their School Garden Grants, which have an application deadline of October 31, 2015
Monday September 28, 2015 – 2 PM EST
Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (408) 650-3131
Access Code: 163-490-981

Can’t make it? No worries. The webinar will be recorded and archived here.
Questions or comments? Email

Celebrating school gardens and much more at the National Heirloom Exposition

The National Heirloom Exposition was truly a feast for the eyes and the stomach! Hundreds of school children were bused in from around Sonoma County to visit the Expo on the Educational and Fun Day. They visited heritage breeds of livestock and poultry, participated in arts and crafts of the past such as candle dipping and leather tooling,  learned about seed saving, cheese making, worm composting, participated in the School Garden Network’s bean mosaic activity, and much MUCH more! And many school garden programs put together wonderful exhibits which were informative and inspiring. Thank you to the Petaluma Seed Bank, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and everyone else that helped to put on this fun event and to our SGN Board members who spent many hours volunteering at the Expo!