Soil Sampling, Risk Mapping & Exposure Prevention (For the Urban Food Grower)

Tuesday, December 12 at 6 PM – 8 PM

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The Soil Sampling, Risk Mapping & Exposure Prevention (for the Urban Food Grower) Workshop provides tools to assess urban soils & manage human risk & safety. Participants increase understanding on soils contamination, of how to sample soils, map those samples and understand sample results in order to prevent exposure. The workshop concludes on urban soil safety in context of heavy-metal-safe-growing and risk management in production, backyard, community and school farms and gardens, with continued emphasis on best practices.

Event hosted in partnership by Petaluma Bounty, UC Cooperative Extension, and UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number # 2015-70017-22868.

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Climate Literacy and Understanding Global Change Workshop

Climate Literacy and Understanding Global Change Workshop

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Westside Water Education Center – 9703 Wohler Road (near Forestville and Wohler bridge)

Are you interested in bringing climate literacy into your classroom? Join us for an inspiring, practical, and relevant workshop on how to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. Receive vetted scientific content, learn how to approach student misconceptions, and acquire new teaching resources and strategies. Learn about project-based learning opportunities where students engage in real-world data collection and think critically about how to mitigate the challenges ahead. Available to all teachers and educators.

Workshop attendees will receive:

  • New perspectives, tools, and techniques for teaching about global change
  • Information about local citizen science projects
  • Ocean acidification data, curriculum, and activities
  • The latest scientific research on atmospheric rivers
  • Free visual aids that make complex data more comprehensible
  • Current statistics from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Best practices in communicating climate and global change
  • How to engage students in relevant actions and projects within the community
  • * A optional special tour of our new Fish Viewing Gallery will follow the workshop

Sign up Here

For more information contact: David Berman at

The Sonoma County Water Agency will be hosting this workshop in partnership with NOAA/Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary; The Center for Climate Protection; Understanding Global Change Project, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology; Sonoma Clean Power



Air Pollution & Produce: Community Gathering & Resource-Share

This Saturday,  November 18th at 9:30am-11:30am

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Join volunteers, fellow community members, and representatives from UC Cooperative Extension for a morning of updates and discussion on the potential impact of the air pollution generated by the recent fires on produce. We will be presenting more information about this Citizen Science Initiative, answering some of the frequently-asked questions UCCE has been receiving in the wake of the fires, and discuss future directions for this project.

Post Wildfire Direct Actions- FREE Workshop Nov 18th

Community Soil Foundation is offering a free workshop on Post Fire Remediation at 10:30 on November 18th as part of their regular works day at the community garden at Maddux Ranch.

It’s critical that residents have information and opportunities to contain toxic waste from entering our drinking water, rivers and ocean.


Volunteer Work Day on November 18 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The Larkfield community garden continues to be a space of healing and renewal for Mark West and Riebli students plus families, teachers and community members are invited to come by and enjoy the fresh air. These work days are a huge help for essential garden tasks plus build community resiliency. Staff will be leading seasonal stations in preparing beds for winter, seeding cover crops and creating structures. Stay as long as you like and get your hands dirty! All are welcome, and there will be fun activities for kids. Join us rain or shine and bring comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. We will provide work gloves, drinking water and a freshly harvested snack. The garden is located adjacent to Maddux Ranch park at 450 Noonan Ranch Lane (parking on street).

Kind regards,

Kristin Maharg Suarez
Program Director
Community Soil Foundation


Classified Position Announcement: Garden Coordinator (Elementary) Application Deadline: 11/22/17

The goal of Geyserville Unified School District is to provide the leadership needed to ensure that systems and operations run as smoothly as possible enabling staff and students to go about exemplary teaching and learning. An additional intention is to build upon the strengths of those staff members and utilize their skills and talents to assist with this goal.

Under the general direction of the site administrator, the Garden Coordinator works with Geyserville Elementary School staff to develop and implement school garden programing and manage the day-to-day tasks in the school garden. The Garden Coordinator displays a demonstrated passion for garden-based education and a highly functional knowledge of gardening, basic plant science and nutrition. They use this knowledge to develop lessons with teachers of each of the K – 5 th grades.

They are highly organized, keeping detailed records of garden activities, including success and failures, for reporting to supporting organizations. They are able to effectively coordinate schedules for student and volunteer participation. They are comfortable working with other organizations in the local community and in Sonoma County to network, support and collaborate on events and activities that promote the importance of school garden programs. They enjoy working outdoors in varied conditions and playing in the dirt.

EdJoin Job Ancmnt-Desc Garden Coordinator GES 11-8-17

Free Perennials at Ceres Garden in Sebastopol

Hi all,

Soquel Nursery has donated some Abutilon and Rosemary plants for school gardens. There may be some Salvia greggii available as well.

They are available at the Ceres Garden located behind OReilly Media Center on North Gravenstein Hwy in Sebastopol.

Please only take plants that are on the pallets.

Do not take plants from tables or greenhouses.

Please contact me if plants are gone!

Laurel 707 508-9710


School Garden Best Practises webinar from Green Teacher

I just watched the archived  Best Practices in School Gardens webinar from Green Teachers, and it really was one of the best ones I’ve seen through them. Even though it’s what we do, I highly recommend seeing it while it’s still available until Nov 15th.

Willow Magic in the School Garden

Sherry Gibson, of Wild Woodswoman Creations in Sebastopol, has been designing and creating garden art in North Bay area schools for the last four years using both living willow and nonliving willow for a fun rustic look.
She is currently taking appointments to discuss possibilities for installations of living willow structures: faery huts, tipis, shade structures, living chairs and benches, and fences to name a few.
Non living willow projects are also available for trellises, gates, fences, tunnels, bird blinds for wildlife observation, and any other garden infrastructure that can be imagined.
 Any option can be created alone by Sherry Gibson, with the participation of students as a garden project, or open to parents and the public as a fundraiser, with dates being selected from mid-November 2017 through  mid-February 2018.
Schools receive a deep discount on all projects, and price includes free site consultation, construction, materials, and a one year seasonal maintenance plan. Payment plans are an option as needed by any school.
Contact Sherry for further information and/or to make an appointment for a free school visit.
(707) 978-0260

School Garden Post-Fire Resource Group

After the tragic fires in our county many of us are grappling with what effect the ash and residue may have on our crops and gardens. This question is additionally vexing when you’re in charge of managing a school garden, the purpose of which is to encourage kids to dig and pick and eat from the plants.

Unfortunately we don’t have any bright line answers yet, but School Garden Network wanted to create this group as a forum for sharing resources on this ever evolving research project. We invite you to share your questions and findings and experiences. Hopefully this will provide some of the support that is needed in our community so we can get our students back to learning in nature.

Please spread the invite to this google group far and wide!

Thank you for what you do,

Lauren Bowne
Executive Director

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School Garden Apprentice Pilot

SGN is proud to report that its summer School Garden Apprenticeship pilot program was a huge success!
Thanks to our great partnership with Harmony Farm Supply, SGN trained and hired 8 Sonoma County high school teenagers to install automated drip irrigation systems in 7 SGN affiliate school gardens who received a  Water Wise Mini-grant.  The teens also helped with general garden maintenance in 5 additional gardens, with tasks such as sheet mulching, building worm bins, weeding and planting heirlooms beans.
Special thanks to volunteer and Master Gardener Steve Ehrmann for taking the lead on designing the irrigation systems and for his many hours of hard work and dedication to seeing these installations through!
SGN intends to offer these great programs again, so stay tuned for more information about how to participate.  Questions and comments?  contact Sue Davis at