School Garden Network Kids’ Pavilion at the Heirloom Expo!

 

Children have always been an important part of the National Heirloom Exposition. School Garden Network has put together a fun filled Kids Pavilion in Finley Hall for all 3 days of the Expo. There will fun and games, educational activities, contests and competitions, and vendors with products of interest to children each day. We invite all area schools to attend and participate. The best part is that all youth up through the age of 17 are admitted FREE.

Join us September 5-7th.

Tuesday Kid Schedule

Wednesday Kid Schedule

Thursday Kid Schedule

The 4th Annual Agrarian Games!

Join us for the 4th Annual Agrarian Games on Saturday, September 16th from 12-6pm at the Petaluma Fairgrounds! Hosted by The Farmer’s Guild and Community Alliance with Family Farmers, this great event is sure to please. From wheelbarrow relays to watermelon seed-spitting, whether you’re a farmer or an eater, a country bumpkin or a city-slicker, a chef or just a kid in overalls, enjoy an afternoon of local food, live music and interactive games to test your strength, speed and knowledge of soil types. All showcasing a more just, healthy and regenerative food system for California. To learn more or purchase tickets in advance, visit the Farmer’s Guild event page.

GOT MULCH? Learn how to get FREE deliveries to your school garden

MULCH! Great for defining pathways, keeping fruits trees insulated through summer highs and winter lows, mulch is a school garden essential. But did you know you could get it delivered for FREE to your school garden?

The Sonoma County Water Agency’s (Water Agency) Stream Maintenance Program travels throughout the county to conduct routine maintenance on creeks and riparian zones. This means that every day in the summer there will be crews out in the field creating tons of mulch. The Water Agency is always looking for locations adjacent to their creek work to deliver large amounts of mulch, up to 15 cubic yards at a time. If there is a creek crew near you, you may be able to line up a FREE mulch delivery!

Important information:

  • FREE mulch delivery is available to schools conveniently located close to Water Agency creek work sites and is not guaranteed for every school.
  • Mulch deliveries will be scheduled in accord with the Water Agency’s creek work schedule.
  • Trucks must be able to drive up to the mulch drop locations for a  speedy delivery.
  • Garden/school staff must be on-site to orient drivers and arrange drop.
  • Mulch is delivered in large volumes- about 15 cubic yards at a time! Partial drops will not be scheduled.
  • Mulch will be comprised of riparian species including a mix of willow, bay, oak, and more.

To inquire about scheduling a FREE mulch delivery to your school garden this summer, contact Jon Niehaus at 707-521-1845 or email him at Jon.Niehaus@scwa.ca.gov.

Work for SGN! Nutrition Educator Position CLOSED

Healthy Roots Nutrition Educator Job Description

SGN is looking for an experienced, energetic and enthusiastic Garden Nutrition Educator with the passion and experience to provide fun and inspiring hands-on nutrition education and cooking classes to elementary school students at school garden sites.  Through the Healthy Roots program, the Nutrition Educator will increase student exposure to the benefits of local, seasonal crops while raising parent awareness of how to purchase and prepare these crops for their families.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide 30 garden-based Healthy Roots nutrition education classes
  • Provide 2 Family Nutrition Workshops
  • Communicate & coordinate with teachers, school administrators, and SGN staff
  • Administer surveys, enter data, report findings
  • Track program by documenting progress in shared server
  • Report to supervisor monthly
  • Provide quarterly program reports to program supervisor
  • Attend Board meeting once per year to report on program
  • Attend occasional Healthy Roots fundraisers and meetings

Desired Qualifications:

  • Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, the mission of SGN
  • Experience working with kids in the outdoors, garden, cooking
  • Basic knowledge of gardening and local, seasonal crops
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organized, self-starter, with ability to work independently
  • Must have a valid CA Driver’s License and personal vehicle available for job

This is a part-time (100 hour) contract position that will run from late July 2017-June 2018. $35/hour plus, gas mileage reimbursements.

There is a quick turnaround on hiring for this position, as we want to train the new educator in time for the new school year. Training is planned for the last 2 weeks of July.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to info@schoolgardens.org

Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2017.

Heirloom Tomato plants for schools!

 

Guerneville school has generous donated hundreds of tomato plants for local schools to pick up. Plants are at the north west corner of the Ceres Garden behind OReilly Media on 116 North.

1005 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Thank you Guerneville!!

Part Time Garden Coordinator Wanted Community Soil

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Larkfield Community Garden and Learning Center is looking for someone that can farm. We have a mixed use 3/4-acre property, partially used for outdoor education and the other 1/2-acre used for mixed vegetable food production and an orchard. This 1/2 acre is yours to farm. Produce is sold at either the farm stand- partially run by the local elementary school- or at the local grocer. Some vegetables are also donated to local food banks. Much of the seed and starts are donated. You will work with our admin staff to ensure that you have the resources needed to operate the farm. The staff meets once a month to discuss the needs of the farm. You are responsible for everything from cultivating the soil to prepping the harvest to sell.

HOURS

Part-time, 12-15 hours/week. No set time you have to be there. Just put in the hours and keep the farm pumping!! Semi-optional volunteer days every 3rd Saturday. Would be great to have you there every month for these volunteer days, but it is not required.

PAY

$15/HOUR.

CONTACT

Email resume to jeff@communitysoil.com or for questions call Jeff Shields at 707-293-7750

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.communitysoil.org

Workshop! Growing “Slow” in the School Garden

Growing a Slow School Garden

Join The School Garden Doctor, Slow Food Napa Valley, and the School Garden Task Force for an engaging day in a Slow Food School Garden. In this workshop, we will demonstrate lessons from  the latest Slow Food USA Curriculum, “Good, Clean, Fair,” including an authentic experience in a commercial kitchen. We will engage in scientific exploration and observation, and connect school garden lessons to curricular standards. In addition, we will share tried and true techniques taken from the model program at Pueblo Vista Magnet School including garden planning and maintenance, material and financial resources, and volunteer and community engagement. Our local Master Gardeners will introduce Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Guidelines.

For more details and to register, Click Here.

Friday, June 16th 9 am – 3 pm

Saturday, June 17th 9 am – 12 pm

Pueblo Vista Magnet School 1600 Barbara Rd, Napa, 94558

School Garden Apprenticeship Program

 

SGN is offering summer support to school gardens in the Petaluma and Santa Rosa/Sebastopol areas. SGN Affiliate Gardens will be prioritized. If your school is not yet an Affiliate Garden it’s quick and easy to sign up on our website.

This service is made possible by SGN’s new School Garden Apprenticeship (SGA)  program, which hires and trains teens in garden maintenance and irrigation installation. The program will focus on school gardens in Petaluma and Santa Rosa/Sebastopol, and will operate 2 days per week for 6 weeks (mid-June thru July).

We are offering one day of work at your school garden during our season. The School Garden Apprenticeship is managed by SGN Staff and volunteer and endorsed by Harmony Farm Supply. This is a great opportunity to get a new area of your garden sheet mulched, to add new garden boxes, to build a compost system or to do the weeding you never get to during the busy school system. Each school is responsible for providing materials for projects unless it is a drip irrigation system. You can discuss possible projects with Sue Davis the SGA coordinator.

To be a school garden work site, you must have an already exiting school garden, and have a designated school garden representative present onsite when our crew is there. You also need to have clear tasks needed for a crew of 4 teens.

If you are interested in installing automated drip irrigation at your site then apply for SGN’s WaterWise SchoolGarden mini grant to receive a free design and help with installation!

APPLY HERE for a Work day with the School Garden Apprenticeship Program.

The application deadline is June 5th, and schools will be notified of their acceptance by June 14th.

For more information or to discuss possible projects please contact SGN Apprenticeship Coordinator-Sue Davis  at schoolgardenapprenticeship@gmail.com.

Know a teen that might be interested in participating in this new program. Get the application from Sue Davis!

School Garden Plants available at Ceres Garden

Hi all!

Susan and Elizabeth started  18 flats of starts – flowers, winter squash, zucchini, chard, pumpkins, cucumbers, kale, and basil.

Many thanks garden angels!!

Plants are on pallets at the north west corner of the Ceres Garden behind OReilly Media on 116 North.

Please bring your own flats as the plants are sitting directly on the pallets.

Also some free plants from OAEC!!

Please text me or post on facebook if plants are gone!!

Laurel 707m508-9710

Eco Friendly Garden Tour this weekend!

The 2017 tour will take place on Saturday May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and includes twenty four gardens throughout Sonoma County and North Marin. Registration is now open!

For 2017 the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership is excited to be collaborating with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Milo Baker Chapter and Daily Acts. Each of these organizations will be presenting gardens on the tour.

 

About the Tour

The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is a public outreach and education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices by showcasing inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma County and North Marin. The Tour highlights Russian River-Friendly and Bay-Friendly landscaping best practices, and supports Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certified professionals by featuring their personal or client’s gardens. The Eco-Friendly Garden Tour is self-guided and is provided free of charge.

Public Gardens & More

For the other 364 days we are pleased to provide you with a listing of inspiring public demonstration gardensthat you can visit at any time of the year. For a virtual experience you can also visit the gardens that were featured on the tour in the past few years.