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 available to school gardens.
Contact Vicky at   seedbank@rareseeds.com 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.



New School Garden Network Newsletter!

School Garden Network has a new seasonal newsletter which is full of garden tips, lessons, activities, recipes, links to grants, updates on SGN and our work, and announcements of upcoming events.  We will also be highlighting member schools and their garden programs in each issue with valuable information on innovative programs and lessons learned.  Check it out by clicking here.

Schoolyard Habitat Workshop -September 27th

Schoolyard Habitat Workshop    

September 27th

SunridgeFarm Campus


Register today at schoolhabitats@gmail.com

Workshop presented by School Garden Network and US Fish and Wildlife

  workshop designed for teachers to create wildlife habitats on school grounds while encouraging long-­‐term stewardship.  Explore strategies to integrate ecologically sound habitat projects into primary and secondary classes across disciplines.

  • Introduction to the basics of habitat design with native species
  • Special guests from Project WILD and Point Blue( formerly Point Reyes Bird Observatory)
  • Learn how your school can qualify for up to $8,000 in funding for a habitat project at your site
  • Explore ways to integrate a habitat project to the curriculum


This workshop is a pre-requisite for applying for US Fish and Wildlife funding

Please register by September 20th

$35 fee  includes snacks, lunch and take home curriculum and resources

Contact Laurel Anderson with any questions-

707 508 9710




Whole Kids Foundation-School Garden Grant -due 10/31

Why School Gardens?

Whole Kids Foundation believes that student involvement in a school garden fosters a relationship between students and their food. It creates knowledge of and respect for whole nutritious food, informing their food choices for years to come.

Since 2011, Whole Kids Foundation has invested over $4 million to support over 2,100 school gardens across the United States and Canada. Check out our online map to see where we have supported grants.

The School Garden Grant program

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the 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

Please note: this is an online application. 

Important information and resources:

Eligibility criteria:

  1. School garden must be an edible school garden (such as growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc) and located on the grounds of a K-12 school (public, private or charter, elementary, middle or secondary)
  2. Applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private or charter, elementary, middle or high) or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in partnership with a K-12 school.
  3. Applicant cannot be a previous recipient of a Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant.
  4. Applicant must have the participation and support of a specific partner organization from the community (such as a nonprofit, a farm, a local business, a Whole Foods store, or a garden club) that brings added support and sustainability to the initiative. The applicant, if a nonprofit, may be the community partner for this grant.

Want more inspiration? Check out our School Garden success stories!