Community Soil Foundation Seeks Garden Educator

Community Soil Foundation seeks  Garden Educator to deliver garden-based education curriculum to the students of Mark West Elementary, San Miguel and Mark West Charter Schools.The Educator will deliver weekly lessons in-class and out in the garden to elementary and middle school students—combining environmental science education and nutrition education with hands-on experiences in the school gardens (planting, tending, harvesting, and cooking). The Garden Educator  will collaborate with Community Soil Foundation’s staff and Program Director to build involvement in and commitment to the garden within the school community.

More details here:  CSF School Garden Educator and Coordinator (3)



Position Details:

The Educator is part-time at first and will start at 20-32 hours a week, required three to four days in the garden.

Support School Garden Network with Oliver’s Community card

Do you shop at Oliver’s Market?

You can earn 3% of every purchase for a non profit of your choice- such as School Garden Network!!!

Visit any Oliver’s store to get a community card and sign-up form or register online today!!!

Please forward this opportunity to your friends and family

Lifelab workshop”Plant it, Grow it, Eat it” at Old Adobe School

Lifelab will be coming to Old Adobe Elementary in Petaluma, CA on Nov. 29th. The class goes from 8:45 – 3:30. The class will focus on their “Plant it, Grow it, Eat it” workshop. Some topics include: the power and purpose of garden enhanced nutrition, eat a rainbow, one-bite lessons, and year round garden lesson planning. We have a few spots open and would love to fill them with school garden network people! Please email Beth at if you want more information or to sign-up.”

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant-Application open Dec 18th

If you have not yet applied for a Lowes Toolbox for Education grant this is a great way to fund infrastructure in your garden!

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

It’s 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 is 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.”

Free Perennials & Lettuces

There is another truckload of perennials from Soquel Nursery available for school gardens at the Ceres Garden behind the O’Reilly Media offices off 1005 Gravenstein Hwy North in Sebastopol.

We have more Salvia Greggii ( Autumn Sage ) which are  a  favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies!These airy salvias bloom summer – fall, are drought tolerant and grow to about 3’x3′.They will need to be cut back occasionally to keep them from getting too leggy. Cut them back by half at this time and after their first bloom of summer trim back by one third.

There is also Lantana, a butterfly favorite and a few others.

Sweetwater Nursery also donated some beautiful lettuces and mesclun mix

If you are coming from afar to bring back plants for other schools in your region.  Let me know if you need contact information for schools in your area.

Please only take plants adjacent to our SGN sign. Do NOT remove plants from tables or plants set aside from the SGN area!!!

Garden Coordinator Gathering Update

Slow Food Sonoma County North, the School Garden Network, and Alexander Valley School

invite you to an “Open Garden”in the garden at

Alexander Valley School   8511 Highway 128, Healdsburg

                                 Wednesday, October 19     3:30 – 5:00 PM

Each participant will receive Slow Food Ark of Taste garlics, onions, and potatoes for fall planting!!!!


Please invite your entire garden team to attend—principal, center director, garden coordinator and volunteers, teachers, parents, garden club members.

School Garden Gathering at Alexander Valley School on Wed. October 19th

Hi all!
Reminder to join us at our autumnal School Garden Gathering at Alexander Valley School on Wednesday October 19th at 3:30 pm.
Come check out the fabulous garden kitchen, sample home made kale chips, and learn about SlowFoods Ark of Taste Crops!
I’ll be bringing some wonderful heirloom shelling bean seeds to share as well as some Dakota Black popcorn seed!!
Kids are welcome!
Alexander Valley School, Highway 128, Healdsburg
 Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP to Laurel at if you can make it or if you want to carpool up there!!

Support school gardens and get a breakfast burrito!!

Special Offer of the Day!!


In honor of tonight’s awesome event at Hopmunk, become an SGN individual member and get breakfast at the BEST place in town, Papas and Pollo!! All you have to do is join today either here or at the show tonight and get a coupon for a discounted breakfast item at Papas.

Save the Date-SchoolGarden Gathering -Oct 19th!

Hi all!
Slow Foods North is co hosting our autumnal School Garden Gathering at Alexander Valley School on Wednesday October 19th at 3:30 pm.
Come check out the fabulous garden kitchen, sample home made kale chips, and learn about SlowFoods Ark of Taste Crops!
Alexander Valley School, Highway 128, Healdsburg
Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP to Laurel at if you can make it!

Join the Compost Club – Recycle Organic Waste on Your School Campus!

Dear Sonoma County Teachers (grades 3-12).

It is my pleasure to inform you of a great opportunity to teach your students how to take action to reduce climate change! Students will learn how to recycle orgaputcompost.here_-150x150nic waste on your school campus!

The North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council can come to YOUR school in Sonoma County and offer a classroom presentation by a skilled presenter on recycling wastes to useful compost through onsite natural, biological processes using compost worms. This vermiculture system intrigues children, and motivates discussion on reducing wastes and greenhouse gas production.

Our presenters can deliver a one hour “Recycling Changes Everything” presentation to classrooms in Sonoma County this fall and many schools will receive a small classroom Rubbermaid worm bin for use in the classroom…including the worms!

The Compost Club of Healdsburg ( initiated this program in 2003 and has supported more than twenty sites (schools, wineries, retreat centers, detention facilities) who now divert their organic waste– more than 338,000 lbs. of organic waste have been diverted since the effort began. With the recent closure of Sonoma Compost, now is the time to keep waste in place instead of the alternative – hauling our waste to the East Bay each day. The Compost Club and the Council provide this environmental education outreach on “Vermiculture In the School” through grant funds and our services and materials are provided free of charge.

Schools which participate in the outreach presentations may also become eligible to receive a free onsite worm bin and training for campus-wide waste recycling in the future, as these schools will have priority for system installations when new grant funding is available.

You can contact us at or call Oona Heacock @ 707-293-8656