15 flats of tomato starts available for schools

Avalow has extra tomato plants for schools!! Contact Marley Hutchinson at marley@avalow.com to pick up what you need.  She is also available by phone at (720) 987-7673.

Thank you Avalow!

 

 

FREE introduction to Citizen Science in the Elementary Classroom!

 What it is: Learn to integrate citizen science into elementary science classrooms. In citizen science projects, students work with scientists to support data collection, make observations, and contribute to science in the real world.

What we’ll do: You will learn what citizen science is, and how to use it in your classroom. You will engage in activities such as scientific sketching and data collection in the field (weather dependent), and plan for what citizen science can look like in your classroom. We will also discuss how citizen science connects to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Who: This workshop is open to elementary school teachers, and is offered as a partnership between UC Davis School of Education and Pepperwood Preserve.

Why: Increase engagement with science that extends beyond the classroom walls and connect to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Time: Wednesday, June 7, 10am-1pm

 

Location: Dwight Center for Conservation Science, Pepperwood Preserve,

2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

 

To Register: Sign up at http://pwdcitizenscienceworkshop.brownpapertickets.com, or contact

Margaret Boeger at: mboeger@pepperwoodpreserve.org or 707-591-9315 x121

 

 

Free Veggie starts from Front Porch Farms

Front Porch Farms has donated vegetable starts!

At Ceres Garden behind OReilly ‘s on 116 N in Sebastopol. Please only take plants on pallets at north end of garden. Please email /texy  if you see that plants are almost gone so I can let folks know.
Enjoy!!

Laurel

beanblossom61@gmail.com  707 508-9710

FREE Seeds from Petaluma Bounty Farms!

Petaluma Bounty has hundreds of seeds, mostly organic crop vegetables, that & they are happy to give away to the community! Schools and community gardens are a priority to receive these FREE seeds. Seeds are available for  pick-up  this week at the Bounty Farm, 55 Shasta Lane, Petaluma at the below days and times. Please find David the Farm Manager and he will show you where the seeds are located.
 
Tuesday, 4/25, 11:30-4pm
WednesdayThursdayFriday, 4/26-28, 12-3pm

Guerneville School Garden Fundraiser: Spring Garden Celebration

Please join us this Saturday to celebrate the success, and broaden the impact of Guerneville School’s garden. Hosted by Clark Wolf, Food Consultant, writer, and host of At The Table with Clark Wolf. Guest speakers include Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, Executive Director of School Garden Network Lauren Bowne, and Guerneville School District Supervisor Dana Pedersen. Come and enjoy cooking demonstrations by Daniel Kedan of Forestville’s Backyard Restaurant, silent auctions, raffle prizes, garden tours, and more! 

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School Wellness Policy Training- April 26th- RSVP Req.

RSVP for the USDA Final Rule School Wellness Policy Training.

April 26, 9-12pm

Rohnert Park Health Center- 5800 State Farm Dr in the Integrity Room upstairs.

RSVP to Danielle Krause at danielle.krause@sonomca-county.org.

Position Available at Petaluma Bounty

Education & Engagement Coordinator

The Engagement and Education Coordinator manages the design and implementation of a comprehensive plan for education and community engagement efforts for Petaluma Bounty’s food access and education programs. The Education & Engagement Coordinator position is central to Petaluma Bounty’s operation and growth, reports to the Program Director, and works alongside the Farm Manager.

Please CLICK HERE to read the job description in its entirety.

To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample of 2 pages or less to jobs@petalumabounty.org, with “Education & Engagement Coordinator Applicant” in subject. Interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Approximate start date is beginning of May. Due to the number of candidates, we will be unable to respond personally to each submission.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Don’t forget to get your Garden Based Education Grant Applications IN!!

Deadline is fast approaching!! 

Please do not hesitate submitting a grant application.

SGN is offering Garden-Based Education Grants of $5,000 each, to five schools for the 2017-2018 school year. For all the details, click here.

The grant package includes:

  • Healthy Roots nutrition education and cooking classes
  • Individualized support in garden design and program development by Project Manager
  • Participation in 2 free farm field trips
  • 5 Garden Coordinator Workshops facilitated by the SGN Program Director

 If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact Lauren at info@schoolgardens.org.

For all the details, click here.

Register now!Schooyard Habitat Workshop May 17th

INTERESTED IN ENHANCING YOUR SCHOOL GARDEN WITH SOME WILDLIFE ?

SCHOOLYARD HABITAT WORKSHOP

WEDNESDAY May 17th

9:00am-3:30pm

Tarsier Meeting Room

OReilly Media Center 1005 Gravenstein HWY, Sebastopol

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  from US Fish and Wildlife for your habitat project
  • Develop native Pollinator Patches, Monarch Way Stations, Songbird Hedgerows, NestBox trails, Lizard Castles,  Native Bee Houses, Bogs, Insect Hotels, and Bird Blinds!!
Details:
    • Workshop is a pre-requisite for qualifying for US Fish & Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat funding
    • Guest presenters to be announced!!
    • Registration and payment of $35 due May 10th
    • Vegetarian lunch  & snacks included
    • Receive US Fish and Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat Guide , Habitat Garden Book by Nancy Bauer, Pollinator Posters and Butterfly ID cards!

    Register Here today

    Contact Laurel Anderson at schoolhabitats@gmail.com for more information.

2017-2018 Garden Based Education Grant Application Open!

The School Garden Network recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles for successful school gardens is the lack of funding for Garden Coordinators.  Without a stable leader and educator in place, school gardens are hard to maintain and it is difficult to organize and deliver garden classes. The Garden-Based Education Grant is specifically designed to address this issue by providing funds that can be used for the salary of the Garden Education Coordinator, professional development for the Coordinator and other garden team members, and curriculum materials.

SGN is offering Garden-Based Education Grants of $5,000 each, to five schools for the 2017-2018 school year.

The grant package includes:

  • Healthy Roots nutrition education and cooking classes
  • Individualized support in garden design and program development by Project Manager
  • Participation in 2 free farm field trips
  • 5 Garden Coordinator Workshops facilitated by the SGN Program Director

To learn more about the 2017-2018 Garden-Based Education Grant package and the application requirements, click here.