Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant-$5,000

Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes

It’s almost that easy when you take advantage of Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and we’re dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for our Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.

Now in its 9th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided over $35 million to more than 8,000 schools across the country.

The Fall 2014 cycle is now open. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is October 15, 2014 11:59pm EST. 

Details http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/index.html


Welcome Maggie Fleming- SGN’s new Executive Director !!!

Maggie Fleming is thrilled to join the School Garden Network as Executive Director. Maggie is passionate about community organizing, youth and leadership development, and environmental activism. Her experience in nonprofit leadership includes serving as Co-Director of Transition US, the US arm of the worldwide Transition movement; Executive Director of EarthTeam, a regional youth environmental education and leadership organization; and Senior Development Associate at Earthjustice, an environmental public interest law firm. Maggie is a fellow of LeaderSpring and the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.

SGN Membership/Summer GardenWork Parties -volunteers

Hi All,

I am sure everyone who has been running a garden program for the spring is ready to catch your breath from the whirl wind that is the end of school!

Reminder that if you haven’t had time to do so yet, please take a moment to register your school garden with SGN-(Membership Form).  SGN member schools can apply for a charge account at Harmony Farm Supply with discounted pricing and are eligible for special mini- grant opportunities such as our our WaterWise Minigrant ( WATER_application).  SGN will be soliciting other retail discounts over the summer.

Summer Garden Work-parties- SGN is forging a new partnership with the 2 Rock Coast Guard Station volunteer coordinator. Let me know if you have a work party planned and would like me to post it with the coast guard volunteer coordinator!  Having been the grateful recipient of many volunteers from this station I do want to say that these are volunteers that you definitely want!!!! They are very motivated and skilled.

SGN is also working with the Eagle Scouts of Sonoma County. If you have a particular project that you think might be perfect for an Eagle Scout let me know and I will forward the information on to the coordinator and post in their newsletter.

Please let us know if there are specific ways you could like to see SGN support garden programs in the county. We appreciate your input and ideas!!


Laurel Anderson


Thank you, Whole Foods Sebastopol!

The School Garden Network would like to thank the Whole Foods Sebastopol Market for their generosity through their Nickels for Nonprofits Program.  SGN received close to $900 which will go a long way in supporting our grants and mentoring programs.  We sincerely appreciate their support and thank them for their efforts in advocating for healthy foods in schools and funding school garden programs.

Display your school garden at the 2014 National Heirloom Exposition!

We know the school year is winding down, but we’re starting to gear up for the 2014 Heirloom Exposition!  This fantastic event will take place from September 9th -11th at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds.  This year, our goal is to have all schools that want to display signed up by June 10th.  Come and display your school garden program and learn about other programs!  Click here to learn more about becoming an exhibitor.  There is a special form for school gardens.  Download the form, fill it out, and fax or mail to Petaluma Seed Bank.  Hope to see everyone in September!  If you have any questions, call the Petaluma Seed Bank at 707-773-1336.

FREE Plants for School Gardens

Free plants!!!!
Sweetwater and OAEC have generously donated free plants.  They are located at Piner High School in Santa Rosa.  The plants are in the garden, which is around the back of the school.
If you go during school hours, please check in at the main office and obtain a visitor’s pass.
After school hours and weekends, just go back to the garden.
Questions- Contact Elizabeth Westerfield  707-887-2599


School Garden Network and Harmony Farm Supply are dedicated to supporting water conservation in school gardens! In a new collaboration we are pleased to announce a new mini-grant –“WATER-WISE SCHOOL GARDENS”.

Eligible SGN member schools will receive a free irrigation design, installation support and up to $400 in funding for a drip irrigation system!!  Irrigation systems will include battery operated timers, electric anti-siphon valves and a shut off valve to isolate the system.

In order to qualify, schools must be an SGN member school by completing the Membership Form. Once your school has completed the membership process SGN will send your school an account application for Harmony Farm Supply.

School gardens may apply for a –“WATER-WISE SCHOOL GARDENS” mini grant once these two steps are completed. School gardens will be required to provide principal and maintenance signature on the WATERWISE mini- grant application and supply a detailed map for design. Details in the application.

Download a Waterwise School Garden application here:   WATER_application

Questions?  Contact Lauren at info@schoolgardens.org


NEW! SGN Membership Program

The School Garden Network of Sonoma County  is excited to launch  a new FREE membership program!  We invite all Sonoma County schools to participate and help us stay connected!

We are pleased to announce that our first participating business is Harmony Farm Supply  in Sebastopol. SGN members will receive significant discount at Harmony Farm Supply, receive a quarterly newsletter and early announcements of free seeds, plants and other resources. SGN plans to partner with more local retailers in the future for additional discounts to schools. (Let us know if you can help with this effort!)

To become a member of the School Garden Network please fill out the following Membership Form and sign up to participate in the Community Forum on the SGN website. The Forum is SGN’s community bulletin board, where information is exchanged about curricular resources, free seeds and plants, workshops, grants, and what’s happening at school gardens in and beyond the county.

Once these steps are complete SGN will send you a membership card and a Harmony Farm Supply application to open a school garden account.

Must be a Sonoma County school to participate.

Questions? info@schoolgardens.org

Sebastopol Whole Foods Nickels for Nonprofits Benefits SGN April 1-13!

Don’t forget to support the School Garden Network by shopping at Whole Foods Market in Sebastopol between April 1st and April 13th.  When customers bring in their own bags they can either receive a 5 cent credit per bag or they can choose to donate it to School Garden Network through the Nickels for Nonprofits program .  The store will also have change jars at the registers so patrons can donate to SGN.  Please show your support for SGN and spread the word to friends and family.  Thanks again Sebastopol Whole Foods for this great opportunity!

OAEC School Garden Teacher Training July 7-11th

The School Garden Program at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) is dedicated to cultivating ecological literacy among youth through garden-based transformation in the living learnscape. OAEC hosts hands-on, residential workshops for school teams over the summer through School Garden Teacher Trainings plus a year of follow up support.
  • Participants learn how to incorporate rigorous, interdisciplinary, Common Core aligned curricula in the living learnscape, paired with the community organizing skills needed to support a thriving program at their schools.
  • While increasing their confidence in gardening, participants appreciate the variety of content & experiences to explore with students. The training covers crop biodiversity, perennial food forests, habitat gardens, restoration, conservation hydrology, climate change, ecological justice, observation, design, event management, campaign organizing & movement integration.
  • Teams are introduced to basic permaculture design principles in order to hold their long-term vision & near-term objectives while reimagining their schools and the potential of garden-based education.
  • Participants enjoy the 80-acre setting of OAEC’s gardens, orchards, wildlands, pond, hot tub, campfires & delicious vegetarian meals. It’s a summer professional development retreat!

Would your school like to send a team July 7-11th, 2014?

Apply now online: http://www.oaec.org/school-garden

Contact Vanessa Carter at vanessa@oaec.org