Thank You for Making Harvest Fest 2014 A Huge Success!


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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.

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Fairy Garden Placemaking, 9/17, Ives Park

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The School Garden Network of Sonoma County is inviting families to join us for a magical afternoon co-creating a fairy village of natural materials under the trees in Ives Park. You are welcome to bring building materials like pine cones, small sticks, stones, shells, feathers. We will share a wonderful story (Kirsten’s Fairy House) with children at 3:15 which will surely inspire the creativity!

 

Click here to sign up on the event Facebook page, or just show up at the park on Wednesday.

 

This placemaking event is part of the Sebastopol Village Building Convergence.

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Register now…Schoolyard Habitat Workshop-Sept.27th!

 

Developing Schoolyard
Habitat Gardens

Saturday September 27th
9am-4pm @ Sunridge School,
487 Watertrough Rd. Sebastopol

Presented by the School Garden Network and US Fish and Wildlife Service.With guest speakers from PROJECT Wild and Point Blue (formerly Point Reyes Bird Observatory).Discover how to link Common Core and NGGSS to Citizen Science projects that support real world conservation efforts.

Explore strategies to integrate ecologically sound schoolyard habitat projects into elementary & secondary classes across the disciplines.

  • Qualified schools can apply for up to $8,000 in funding for a habitat project at their site
  • Explore strategies to link new educational standards to your habitat garden
  • Workshop participants will receive a hands-on introduction to Project WILD and Flying WILD, two curriculum resources that can help you teach about habitats and wildlife

Click here to register online. Registration deadline is September 20th.

$35 registration includes vegetarian lunch, US Fish and Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat Guide, and Schoolyard Enhanced Learning curriculum.


More information? Laurel Anderson 707-508-9710

 

                                                                                      

 

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.

Buy Your Tickets Here for Harvest Fest 2014!

You can buy your tickets for the first annual Harvest Fest by clicking on the event announcement on the front page of the SGN website or by going to http://schoolgardens.org/harvest-fest-2014/.  Harvest Fest 2014 is a benefit for Sonoma County school gardens! The event is on Tuesday, September 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lagunitas Brewing Company Beer Garden in Petaluma. Featuring the popular band, Poor Man’s Whiskey, playing their famous blend of bluegrass/old time, Southern rock, and old school jam for a foot-stomping good time! Tickets: $25 adults /$10 kids over 5 / free, kids under 5. Ticket price includes a delicious seasonal organic dinner. And a not-to-be-missed silent auction! Poor Man’s Whiskey sells out large venues so it is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance. Remaining tickets will be available at the door the evening of the event. We hope to see you there!!

Volunteer at the Upcoming National Heirloom Exposition!

As kids and teachers across Sonoma County are heading back to school, organizers of the 2014 National Heirloom Exposition are gearing up for another wonderful event!  This year the Expo runs from Tuesday, September 9th – Thursday, September 11th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.  Congratulations to all of the schools that are displaying – there are over 30 this year!  The School Garden Network will have a table in the Hall of Flowers and we are looking for volunteers to help staff the table during the following times:

Tuesday : 2 – 5 p.m., 3 – 6 p.m., and 4 – 7 p.m

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 12 noon, 3 – 6 p.m., and 5 – 8 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3 – 6 p.m., and 4 – 7 p.m.

Email Elizabeth Westerfield at westerfielde@gmail.com if you have questions or are able to help out.  Volunteers will get a pass to the Expo.

Thanks!

Schoolyard Habitat Workshop -September 27th

Schoolyard Habitat Workshop    

September 27th

SunridgeFarm Campus

9:00am-4:00pm

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

Details:

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

schoolhabitats@gmail.com

 

      

Harvest Fest 2014 – a benefit for Sonoma County school gardens!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and spread the word about the first annual Harvest Fest fundraiser – a benefit for Sonoma County school gardens! The event is on Tuesday, September 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lagunitas Brewing Company Beer Garden in Petaluma. Featuring the “High-Octane Hootenanny” band, Poor Man’s Whiskey, playing their famous blend of bluegrass/old time, Southern rock, and old school jam for a foot-stomping good time. Tickets: $25 adults /$10 kids over 5 / free, kids under 5. Ticket price includes a delicious seasonal organic dinner. And a not-to-be-missed silent auction! Poor Man’s Whiskey sells out large venues so it is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance by clicking here. Remaining tickets will be available at the door the evening of the event. We hope to see you there!!

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant-$5,000

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.

The Fall 2014 cycle is now open. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is October 15, 2014 11:59pm EST. 

Details http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/index.html

 

Welcome Maggie Fleming- SGN’s new Executive Director !!!

Maggie Fleming is thrilled to join the School Garden Network as Executive Director. Maggie is passionate about community organizing, youth and leadership development, and environmental activism. Her experience in nonprofit leadership includes serving as Co-Director of Transition US, the US arm of the worldwide Transition movement; Executive Director of EarthTeam, a regional youth environmental education and leadership organization; and Senior Development Associate at Earthjustice, an environmental public interest law firm. Maggie is a fellow of LeaderSpring and the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.