Current Funding Opportunities!

The following are current funding opportunities that might apply to your school garden:

The Culinary Trust: Chefs move to school

Deadline: ONGOING
The Chefs Move to Schools Grant provides funds for culinary professionals to help our children eat right by teaching them about food, nutrition and cooking. Funds can be used from garden to table: culinary professionals may seek funding for any program that promotes health and wellness in schools. For example, the grant may be used to plant a garden, teach a class, promote or create a wellness program for students or parents or assist in creating a school curriculum that focuses on healthy eating. In order to qualify the grant applicant must have the support of the school principal and, in some cases, additional school personnel.

Awesome Foundation‘s Food chapter
Deadline: OPEN
The Awesome Foundation‘s Food chapter is now taking applications for its $1,000 microgrants to further food awesomessness in the universe. Apply at Awesome Foundation and submit under “Food” category. Every month, one microgrant will be given for an awesome idea involving food, be it urban farming, food truck, recipe collects, pop-up cafes, or health. The more inventive the better.

Healthy Living Grants, Cabot Creamery
Deadline: OPEN
Who May Apply: Schools with matching funds seeking to improve kids‘ health through exercise, nutrition and/or information.
Cabot is an enthusiastic supporter of our communities‘ efforts to improve our kids‘ health through exercise, better nutrition and lots of fun knowledge. Cabot created the matching grant process to encourage schools to reach out to their own local businesses, cooperatives, parent clubs and others. Doing this supports sustainability for the initiative, provides awareness about a school‘s new healthy living idea and encourages participation by community members.
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Spotlight on the Steele Lane Elementary School Garden

Sabrina Howell, Steele Lane Elementary School Garden Coordinator since 2011, provides us with an insightful overview of their garden program which was started in 1989.  The school has received several grants from community groups and businesses over the years, including a recent grant from the School Garden Network.  Read more about their unique program by clicking on Spotlight on Steele Lane.

Looking back on another successful Heirloom Exposition!

The 3rd Annual National Heirloom Exposition, held in September at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, was extremely successful!  Elizabeth Westerfield, a Board member of the School Garden Network, volunteered many hours at the Expo and has provided us with a fun summary of the event in her retrospective article on the Expo.  Read on and enjoy!

NorthBay Biz Magazine Features School Garden Network in October Issue!

Lisa Preschel, School Garden Network Board President and Interim Executive Director, recently wrote an article on the School Garden Network for the Green Scene section of NorthBay biz magazine’s October issue.  The article explores the history and mission of the organization and the benefits derived from school gardens.  Click here to read the article.  Thank you NorthBay biz magazine for the opportunity to share our story!

SGN Awards $17,000 in Grant Funding for 2013-2014 School Year!

The School Garden Network of Sonoma County is pleased to announce the grant recipients for the 2013-2014 school year. The grant package includes a cash award, mentoring, and support for professional development for the school garden team.  Steele Lane Elementary School and Guerneville Elementary School have each been awarded $5,000 through the Garden-Based Education Grant.  Monte Vista Elementary School is the recipient of a $1,000 Cooking in the Garden Grant, and Monte Rio Union School District has been awarded a $4,000 Salad Bar Grant.  Wright Charter Elementary School, which was previously awarded a Garden-Based Education Grant for the 2012/2013 school year, will continue to receive funding and support for their program next year.  The School Garden Network is able to provide this crucial school garden support through the generosity of local businesses, individuals and organizations.  Unfortunately, we receive many more applications from deserving schools than we have funding to support.  This round we were able to fund five schools out of the 20 excellent proposals we received.  Our goal is to secure more funding so that we can directly support many more schools in the future.  We invite you to help us in our fundraising efforts in any way you can.  Please contact Tracy Batchelder, Grant Administrator, for more information or comments at or at (707) 874-1557 x301.


SGN raises $2,000 through the Human Race!

The School Garden Network would like to thank everyone that supported us through the Human Race this year.  We raised $2,000 – enough to provide two Cooking in the Garden Grants to Sonoma County schools!  Several current and past Board and staff members showed up to race with the other 9,000 runners.  The Human Race is a wonderful event that continues to raise much needed funding for Sonoma County non-profits.  We appreciate you choosing to support SGN and garden-based learning in Sonoma County schools.  THANK YOU!

Get Involved! Volunteer with SGN!

Are you interested in learning about and supporting local school garden projects? Improving school food? Fostering garden-based learning? Connecting kids with the natural world and where food comes from? We are currently seeking passionate people who would like to join the School Garden Network of Sonoma County, now in our 10th year!


School Garden Network of Sonoma County (SGN) accomplishes most of its work through small committees. The amount of time you put in depends on the project.  Click HERE to learn more about SGN Committees.

We are also looking for a few more committed Board members to lend their passion and skills to the organization. Board members actively participate in creating and sustaining school garden projects.  Click HERE for a Board Job Description.


Additional ways to get involved include:

The Human Race – lead or support efforts to raise money for SGN through the 2015 Human Race.

Fundraising – research and solicit new donors, research and write grants, or follow-up with donors.

Outreach – post Facebook and Community Forum updates, represent SGN at community events (i.e. tabling), sell SGN t-shirts at events, organize a garden tour, collect and maintain our free resources, connect with community partners and businesses or advocate for school gardens.

For more information on these opportunities or to sign up, please contact Lauren Bowne at