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!
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.
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.
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!
INTERESTED IN ENHANCING YOUR SCHOOL GARDEN WITH SOME WILDLIFE ?
SCHOOLYARD HABITAT WORKSHOP
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7TH
LAGUNA ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER
LEARN HOW TO:
- 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!
Contact Laurel Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Apply for a garden grant for your school
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.
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