Garden Coordinator Gathering Update

Slow Food Sonoma County North, the School Garden Network, and Alexander Valley School

invite you to an “Open Garden”in the garden at

Alexander Valley School   8511 Highway 128, Healdsburg

                                 Wednesday, October 19     3:30 – 5:00 PM

Each participant will receive Slow Food Ark of Taste garlics, onions, and potatoes for fall planting!!!!


Please invite your entire garden team to attend—principal, center director, garden coordinator and volunteers, teachers, parents, garden club members.

School Garden Gathering at Alexander Valley School on Wed. October 19th

Hi all!
Reminder to join us at our autumnal School Garden Gathering at Alexander Valley School on Wednesday October 19th at 3:30 pm.
Come check out the fabulous garden kitchen, sample home made kale chips, and learn about SlowFoods Ark of Taste Crops!
I’ll be bringing some wonderful heirloom shelling bean seeds to share as well as some Dakota Black popcorn seed!!
Kids are welcome!
Alexander Valley School, Highway 128, Healdsburg
 Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP to Laurel at if you can make it or if you want to carpool up there!!

Support school gardens and get a breakfast burrito!!

Special Offer of the Day!!


In honor of tonight’s awesome event at Hopmunk, become an SGN individual member and get breakfast at the BEST place in town, Papas and Pollo!! All you have to do is join today either here or at the show tonight and get a coupon for a discounted breakfast item at Papas.

Save the Date-SchoolGarden Gathering -Oct 19th!

Hi all!
Slow Foods North is co hosting our autumnal School Garden Gathering at Alexander Valley School on Wednesday October 19th at 3:30 pm.
Come check out the fabulous garden kitchen, sample home made kale chips, and learn about SlowFoods Ark of Taste Crops!
Alexander Valley School, Highway 128, Healdsburg
Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP to Laurel at if you can make it!

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

Dear Sonoma County Teachers (grades 3-12).

It is my pleasure to inform you of a great opportunity to teach your students how to take action to reduce climate change! Students will learn how to recycle orgaputcompost.here_-150x150nic waste on your school campus!

The North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council can come to YOUR school in Sonoma County and offer a classroom presentation by a skilled presenter on recycling wastes to useful compost through onsite natural, biological processes using compost worms. This vermiculture system intrigues children, and motivates discussion on reducing wastes and greenhouse gas production.

Our presenters can deliver a one hour “Recycling Changes Everything” presentation to classrooms in Sonoma County this fall and many schools will receive a small classroom Rubbermaid worm bin for use in the classroom…including the worms!

The Compost Club of Healdsburg ( initiated this program in 2003 and has supported more than twenty sites (schools, wineries, retreat centers, detention facilities) who now divert their organic waste– more than 338,000 lbs. of organic waste have been diverted 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. The Compost Club and the Council provide this environmental education outreach on “Vermiculture In the School” through grant funds and our services and materials are provided free of charge.

Schools which participate in the outreach presentations may also become eligible to receive a free onsite worm bin and training for campus-wide waste recycling in the future, as these schools will have priority for system installations when new grant funding is available.

You can contact us at or call Oona Heacock @ 707-293-8656

Free veggie starts at Ceres Garden

Sweetwater Nursery has graciously donated flats of beautiful lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower & more for area schools. The plants are available for garden coordinators and teachers to pick up now at Ceres Garden in Sebastopol.

Please take only the plants on the 2 pallets in the garden, marked for SGN. And please bring flats to carry plants away. Leave the nurseries’ flats behind.

There are also some garden supplies that were donated by a community member. They should be sitting under the same SGN table. Help yourselves!

Check back here regularly as we hope to get ongoing donations.

Whole Kids Grant-Sept 1st!

US School Garden Grants

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support an edible educational garden on the grounds of a K-12 school. Schools, or a non-profit organization working in partnership with a school, may apply.

Interested in a garden grant for a non-profit children’s programming organization, not located at a school? Check out our Extended Learning Garden Grant program!2016 US School Garden Grant
Application Open: September 1st, 2015

  • Application Closed: October 31, 2015 at 5pm CST
  • Review Period: Winter 2016
  • Notification to All Applicants: February 15, 2016
  • Email with any questions

Volunteers & Auction Items at Heirloom Expo!

Volunteer for a 4 hour shift at the Heirloom Expo and receive a free entrance and parking pass!!!

Did you know that participating schools are the beneficiary of the proceeds of the Silent Auction at the Expo. Let Elizabeth know if you can help secure auction items.SGN would really appreciate some help with soliciting items. We want to make this the most lucrative auction ever!!

Have not registered your school to display at the EXPO?   You are in luck-there is still some space. You can register at  The National Heirloom Exposition 2016_1. If you are registering late make sure to let Elizabeth know-contact below.

Reminder that KIDS Day is now all three days at the Expo!

There will be lots of kids activities happening daily in and around Finley Hall.

For more information or to lend a hand at the SGN booth or auction contact our amazing  Heirloom Coordinator-Elizabeth Westerfield (707)887-2599  or



Next Generation Science in the Garden Workshop

Let’s head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science!

otherAppsImage(1)School Garden Network is excited to announce that we are collaborating with Wilson Elementary in Petaluma and LifeLab* to offer a fabulous workshop for educators this September called Next Generation Science in the Garden.

Using lessons from Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their 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? Graduate education units available.

Class will be taught by Carrie Strohl. Read her bio here.

* Life Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located on the UC Santa Cruz farm. Life Lab cultivates children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

Click to Register for LifeLab 


LifeLab: Next Generation Science in the Garden

Wilson Elementary School, Petaluma
Use school’s back entrance at 600 Middle Two Rock Road, Petaluma

Hours: 9:00-3:30 Please arrive a bit early to get settle in!

Workshop will be indoors and outdoors so please dress accordingly
Vegetarian garden lunch will be provided
Graduate Education Credit will be available

$100 before September 1st
$150 after September 1st

Please send checks made out to: School Garden Network, PO Box 1367, Sebastopol, CA 95473
Workshop fees are not refundable

Don’t Forget!!! Scarecrow Competition at the Farmer Olympics!


School Garden Network is proud to sponsor the Scarecrow Competition at the 2016 Farmer Olympics hosted by the Farmers Guild. This is a contest where individuals and groups can enter their home-made scarecrow. Be creative and show us how to scare those pests away! There will be metals awarded to the top three contestants as well as a prize for the winner.


We look forward to seeing you at the Farmer Olympics on September 17th , from 12-7 at the Petaluma Fairgrounds.

The Details

  • Scarecrow submission begins at 12 and ends at 5:00
  • Winning scarecrows will be announced at 5:30
  • Metals for the top three contestants and a prize for the gold medalist