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.
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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.
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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!









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  • 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 for your habitat project
  • Develop native pollinator patches, Monarch Way Stations, Songbird Hedgerows, Nest box trails, lizard castles, beetle banks, native bee houses, bogs, insect hotels, bird blinds, and mor
    • Workshop is a pre-requisite for qualifying for US Fish & Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat funding
    • Guest presenters include Kristen Franklin, Petaluma School District Science Advisor, Sharon Dado the “Butterfly Lady” and habitat garden designer Tony McGuigan
    • Registration due Oct.1st
    • Fee: $45
    • Vegetarian lunch included
    • Receive US Fish and Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat Guide , Habitat Garden Book by Nancy Bauer, Pollinator Posters and Butterfly ID cards!

    RSVP today

    Contact Laurel Anderson at for more information.


Lowe’s “Tool Box for Education” Grant application open

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 10th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided over $42 million to more than 9,600 schools across the country.


Imagine what you could do for your school

Increase parent involvement? Build stronger community spirit? Create a new school tradition? The ideas are endless. Whatever goals and dreams you have for your school, we can help you fulfill them!

2015-2016 Grant Application Update

For more than 65 years, Lowe’s has supported the communities we call home. At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to support the basic needs of their communities, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes the importance of financial support.

This year, as a foundation, we are challenging ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today’s challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.

Please keep this focus in mind as you apply for a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®grant in the 2015-2016 academic year. Thank you.

Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grant

Apply for a garden grant for your school

A girl, a boy, and another girl tend new plantings in a raised garden bed, with orange flowers and colorful banners in the background.
Photo credit: © Nick Burchell for The Nature Conservancy

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 $1000–$2000 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. For all details including timeline, activities, requirements, grant benefits, and eligibility, please refer to the Garden Grant Description document linked nearby on this page. Commitment letters from the project lead and your school administrator are required. Two sample commitment letters and a sample application are also linked nearby on this page. For questions, email us. Apply online by October 28, 2015.

School Garden Specialist needed Thomas Page Academy

Thomas Page Academy, a public k-8 school in Cotati is looking for a seasonal school garden specialist for their developing school garden program.

Duties to include leading grade level appropriate gardening activities, organizing garden schedules and supervising garden work parties. Looking for someone who is experienced in leading activities in the garden with children.

Must be able to  to work 15 hours per week.

For more information contact third grade teacher-Suki Winship