School Garden Gathering Tuesday April 14th at Steele Lane

Join us  for a stimulating networking gathering Tuesday, April 14th at Steele Lane School’s “Vicky’s Garden”!

Garden teacher, Melissa McClure will give us a tour of the garden and share about their program. We will share some lessons and best practices around compost and soils! Bring a favorite lesson or recipe to share.

Light refreshments offered.

FREE plants and seeds will be offered!

Please RSVP HERE

Steele Lane Elementary School, 301 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, United States

Save the Date…SGN screens FED UP the movie April 23rd !

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FED UP

April 23rd 7pm

Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol

We hope that you will all save the date, invite friends and family and come out to the Rialto Cinemas on April 23rd for a screening of FED UP. This event is a fundraiser for SGN”s Healthy Roots Program which provides hands-on, garden based nutrition support to school gardens in the county! Hear from students and garden coordinators about how school gardens are connecting students to whole fresh seasonal foods and offering an alternative to the sugar industry!!

Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever. View the trailer and purchase tickets here.

West County Community Seed Exchange- March 28th

 

West County Community Seed Exchange

Monthly Gathering!

Saturday March 28th

St Stephen’s Church   500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol

                        9:00 – 10:30 – Join the work party in the Seed Garden( optional!)

                                                               9:00 – 11:00 – Seed Library OPEN- drop in anytime between these hours to check out the hundreds of varieties of  locally grown seeds!

                                11:00-12:00 Free Workshop- Why You Should Care About SEEDS!!

Join us for a morning to talk about the politics of seed and why it is important to know where your seed comes from, current issues related to seeds and how you can make a difference in the future of food.

In a world where it can be easy to feel like you can’t make a difference  SEED Saving and  the protection of biological diversity is a tangible way to be a part of the solution!!  Come learn how!!

Sara McCamant has been involved in national work on promoting community seed solutions to the loss of diversity and the consolidation of the seed industry.

 

www.westcountyseedbank.blogspot.com

 

Taste The Rainbow! Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education- March 21st

Salmon Creek Veggie Plate

Taste The Rainbow

Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education

Saturday March 21   9:00am-3:00pm

Salmon Creek Charter School

Occidental CA

 

Join the School Garden Network and Community Alliance with Family Farmers at Salmon Creek Charter School Garden. Together we will explore a variety of activities,skills, and resources to enhance your student’s garden experience.

  • How to set up a” Cooking From the Garden” Program
  • Linking Common Core to garden education through “Botany on Your Plate” activities
  • Local “Harvest of the Month” tasting kit program
  • Guest speaker Anthony Lim from Kaiser Permenente
  • Nibble tour award winning school garden
  • Networking and Resource sharing

 

Register here by March 15th to hold your space

Vegetarian Lunch include

Free Seeds & Plants

Cost is $35

Space is limited

 

 

Resilient Schools and School Garden Teacher Training at OAEC

The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) is offering their School Garden Teacher Training this summer as well as training for a new program, Resilient Schools.  Resilient Schools supports public school districts to design ecological, economic and bio-cultural resilience into their classroom curriculum, campus environment, and surrounding community.  The training is for a team from the educational and wider community to come together and learn about the fundamentals of designing a sustainable school.  Click here or go to the OAEC website for more information on the programs and trainings.

New Schoolyard Habitat Projects Installed at Local Schools and a Community Garden

This year new habitat projects are being installed at local schools and one community garden that serves students thanks to funding from US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Schoolyard Habitat Program.  Laguna High School is a continuation high school that plans to integrate habitat and watershed restoration into environmental classes in hands-on and tangible ways. Wright Charter School (WCS) is a K-8 school serving 487 students from unincorporated Santa Rosa. The two-part project encompasses a total of 7,905 square feet, and is divided into two distinct areas; a rain garden/seasonal wetland, and a pollinator and songbird hedgerow. College Oak Montessori School (COMS) is a preschool serving 2 to 6 year-olds, which includes the kindergarten year. This project will create many new and exciting outdoor learning opportunities for our children; provide an outdoor classroom space where native plant and animal species can be better studied; as well as provide increased habitat for wildlife adjacent to College Creek, which runs along the north end of the property. Lastly, the Larkfield Community Garden is a collaborative land-based learning project utilizing a Sonoma County Regional Park as a site for an educational school garden. Community Soil Foundation is the lead organization coordinating this innovative mixed-use project in partnership with Mark West Union School District, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Occidental Arts and Ecology and the Department of health Services. The goals of the Larkfield Community Garden are to 1) increase the environmental literacy of the students, teachers and their families involved with this project, 2) engage the school communities in protecting and restoring the local habitat and 3) promote the development of lifelong stewards of place who are concerned about the environment and the health and economy of their community. Click here for more information on these projects.

Spotlight on Petaluma Jr. High School Garden

Since 1998, the Culinary Garden has been an integral part of the Culinary Arts and Independent Living curriculum at Petaluma Junior High School. Students in grades 6-8 participate once or twice a week for an hour; planting, weeding, cultivating, harvesting, and preparing food for use in the classroom kitchens. Parent and community volunteers, as well as campus supervisors, assist the classroom teacher, Charlene Nugent, in supervising the classes during the school day.

This program is unique in the North Bay, having transformed home economics classes into relevant, rigorous, common-core curriculum based on Career-Technical Education Standards, Life Lab Curriculum, and the Edible Schoolyard Curriculum. In the classroom, students learn knife skills and kitchen safety, nutrition, food preparation, composting, water conservation, and sustainability. Every drop of water utilized in dish washing is carried out to the garden for irrigation. This coming summer, we hope to earn a grant to build a grey-water system attached to the classroom laundry.  Plans are also in the works for a rooftop water-catchment system.

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On weekends and summers, the teacher, community members, and interns from the sustainability program at Montgomery High School have assisted in maintenance. Twice a year, the garden workdays attract up to twenty-five volunteers to tackle larger projects ranging from construction of a three-sectioned compost station, to renovating paver pathways, to building stairs carved into the hillside.

In the past five years, a major renovation was undertaken, with the assistance of grants from the Petaluma Education Foundation, Clover, Autodesk, Cowgirl Creamery, the PTSA, and other community groups. Ten raised planting beds were built and linked by level granite pathways allowing wheelchair access to the garden directly from the classroom. A large storage shed was added, as well as a sizable greenhouse, where seeds and plant starts can be housed year-round.

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Our protected site, sheltered from wind and cold on three sides by classroom buildings, and our mild winter this year allowed us to grow many vegetables far beyond the normal growing season. In January, we were still harvesting tomatoes for bruschetta and rhubarb for strawberry-rhubarb crisp. Kale is enjoyed by students year-round.

Community volunteers are always welcome at PJHS. Come and take a tour! Contact Charlene Nugent at the school, at 778-4724, or cnugent@petk12.org.

Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education Workshop – March 21st

Salmon Creek Veggie Plate

Taste The Rainbow

Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education

Saturday March 21   9:00am-3:00pm

Salmon Creek Charter School

Occidental CA

 

Join the School Garden Network and Community Alliance with Family Farmers at Salmon Creek Charter School Garden. Together we will explore a variety of activities,skills, and resources to enhance your student’s garden experience.

  • How to set up a” Cooking From the Garden” Program
  • Linking Common Core to garden education through “Botany on Your Plate” activities
  • Local “Harvest of the Month” tasting kit program
  • Guest speaker Anthony Lim from Kaiser Permenente
  • Nibble tour award winning school garden
  • Networking and Resource sharing

 

Register here by March 12th to hold your space

Vegetarian Lunch include

Free Seeds & Plants

Cost is $35

Space is limited

 

 

California Farm to School Conference

The California Farm to School Conference, presented by Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the CA Farm to School Network, will be held May 4 to 6, 2015 at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA. The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators.  Click here for more information and to register.

 

 

 

Upcoming Lifelab workshops

Next Generation Science in the Garden (Grades K-5)View workshop photos New Offering!
February 19th, 2015 – 9am-3pm
Let’s head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using activities from the award-winning Life Lab Science curriculum, 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 more than in an outdoor garden classroom? 1 semester of graduate education credit available. Please register by 2/5/15. $150, Learn more!

The Growing Classroom: 2-Day Intensive on Garden Based Learning (Grades 2-6)
March 12th-13th, 2015 – 9am-3:30pm
Learn to use a garden to breathe life into standards-based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support students’ social development. Using Life Lab’s Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, participants in this hands-on workshop experience tried-and-true garden-based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and Next Generation Science Standards; practice basic gardening techniques; and develop management strategies for a school garden program. Graduate education units available. Please register by 2/26/15. $300, Learn more and view agenda