What We Do
People all over the country are collecting data on pollinators in their yards, gardens, schools and parks. Together, we take counts of the number and types of pollinators visiting plants (especially sunflowers). We have been gathering information on pollinator service since 2008, and now have the largest single body of information about bee pollinator service in North America. Thanks to our thousands of observers, we can determine where pollinator service is strong or weak compared to averages.
Why It’s Important
Over the past few years, scientific studies have suggested that both honey bee and native bee populations are in trouble. What we don’t know is how this is affecting pollination of our gardens, crops and wild lands. In 2008, we started this project as a way to gather information about our urban, suburban and rural bee populations and to give you the tools to learn about what is happening with the pollinators in your yard.
How You Can Help
While we love to get data from our namesake species, Lemon Queen Sunflowers, you can participate by watching a plant and recording how many pollinators visit, or recording pollinators as you take your favorite hike!
Seeds can be purchased at your local store or through Renee’s Garden who will donate 25% of her proceeds if you use the coupon code FR225A. Do join us!
We would love to have you; let’s help our most important pollinators together!
|While insects and other animal pollinators may come in small sizes, they play a large partnership role in the production of the food we eat, in the future of our wildlife, and in the health of nearly all flowering plants. A garden without bees, butterflies,
beetles, birds and even bats, is a garden devoid of the life-giving
relationships that sustain plant reproduction.
Plant for native pollinator plants!Find out how to attract pollinators in specific ecoregion
with our Planting Guides in PDF format and app to download!
Click here to download the PDF version
Click here to download the mobile app version.
You are invited to a brief presentation, celebration, refreshments and a garden visit on Tuesday, May 26th from 5 – 7pm at Salmon Creek School: 1935 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, CA 95465.
The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) invites School Garden, Living Learnscape and Ecological Literacy champions to join them for an evening to celebrate your dedicated service at the Salmon Creek School in Occidental. Special guest Dr. Ming Wei Koh of the Kohala Center and Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) will share an international perspective on the role of garden-based learning in living schoolyards around the world. A Montessori educator with her PhD in Sustainability Education, her dissertation is an inspiring reference: Discovering Learning, Discovering Self: the effects of an interdisciplinary, standards-based school garden curriculum on elementary students in Hawai’i.
Assembly member Phil Ting of San Francisco authored the Living Schoolyard Month Resolution (ACR-128) to be honored this May. Check out the Living Schoolyard Activity Guide and send photos of your students’ experiences.
RSVP here. Please bring your colleagues and loved ones to honor your incredible work! Please feel free to email Vanessa Carter, Resilient Schools Program Director at OAEC, with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Lab’s John Fisher and Gardens to Grow In’s Kevin Hesser will share a wide variety of ideas to finance your school garden program. From finding grants and supportive policy, to school garden micro-enterprise and farm-raisers, their discussion will provide funding ideas for all aspects of your school garden, including garden supplies and staffing school garden instructors. John and Kevin’s presentation will share examples of how they have funded the school garden programs that they run, along with insight from other successful garden programs. The webinar is on Tuesday, May 19, at 1:00 pm. For more details, click here.
FREE Organic Sweet Cherry Peppers and Sungold Cherry Tomato plants for School Gardens!!
Available at the Ceres Garden behind O’Reilly Business offices on 116 north of Sebastopol.
Garden is open 7 days a week.
All the free school garden plants are on the ground next to the greenhouse.
Please do not take from tables or greenhouse.
Contact Laurel <beanblossom61@gmail> if you have any questions or if you take the last plants!
Wright Charter School and Piner High School will be participating in the Farm Trails Spring Tour this weekend, May 2nd and 3rd. Wright Charter will be selling plants, lemonade and corn on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to benefit School Garden Network and the 6th grade class. Piner High School will be selling plants on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There are over 500 perennials and vegetable starts for sale! Proceeds will benefit the high school garden and culinary programs. For more information on the plant sale, Spring Tour and to receive a map, visit the Farm Trails website.
The School Garden Network is screening Fed Up at the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol TONIGHT (Thursday, April 23) at 7:30 p.m. This critically acclaimed film, produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David, examines the issues of diabetes and childhood obesity and takes a hard look at the food industry and the wide diversity of sugar laden food that is being sold to an unsuspecting public. Adults are $10 and students and seniors are $7.50. You can buy tickets at the door or online. Proceeds from the screening will benefit school gardens throughout Sonoma County.
School Garden Network recently hosted an informative and fun garden enhanced nutrition education workshop at Salmon Creek Elementary School in Occidental with several different guest speakers. Kaelyn Ramsden, Garden Coordinator at Salmon Creek, shared their Farm to School program which utilizes fresh produce from their ½ acre production garden for their cafeteria. Her colleague, Ciussy, works part-time in the cafeteria and as the cooking teacher in the garden. The dishes that are prepared in the garden are featured on the menu in the cafeteria later in the month. Angie Corwin and Chelsea Sarg spoke about CAFF’s Harvest of the Month program and led the group in some fun activities related to local agriculture. Angie also shared some ideas for funding a Harvest of the Month program. Anthony Lim, a family physician currently practicing at Kaiser in Santa Rosa, discussed what is meant by a “whole foods plant-based diet”, its proven benefits for prevention and treatment of common conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, steps one can take to implement plant-based eating into your daily life, and how school gardens are a critical component of making plant-based eating more mainstream. SGN’s Laurel Anderson spoke about the nuts and bolts of setting up a cooking from the garden program and shared some curricular links, including Botany on Your Plate and Tasting the Rainbow. SGN offers workshops on different topics throughout the year related to gardening, nutrition and environmental education on school campuses. Stay tuned for our next workshop!