Workshop Opportunity- The Growing Classroom on March 2nd!

Old Adobe School is hosting LifeLab’s The Growing Classroom Workshop on March 2nd, 2017. Check out the agenda.

This workshop is being generously funded by Old Adobe School, so it is FREE to attend. But space is very limited, so please contact Beth Stoep at slwenz@comcast.net if you are interested.

 

 

 

 

Starting Your Garden from Seed- FREE CLASS

Starting Your Garden from Seed

FREE CLASS

Saturday, February 25

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol

 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Learn about planning your garden, starting seed indoors, sowing directly in the garden, and what supplies you need to be successful. Class will be taught by Electra de Peyster.

 Electra de Peyster has been a UCCE Sonoma County Master Gardener since 2004 and teaches classes on seeds, seed saving and food gardening for the Master Gardener Library series and for community groups. She has volunteered at the Community Seed Exchange since 2009 and is also the founder of SeedStewards, a project that promotes seed saving as one part of a sustainable future.

 Seed Library open  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We are a grassroots community seed library  supporting Sonoma County gardeners with free, open-pollinated, locally grown, pesticide- and GMO-free seeds.All gardeners with or without seeds to share are welcome.

Work Party-9:00 am – 10:30 am

Join us  in the Seed Garden

located on site, where we grow many of the seeds offered in our library. A great way to learn more  about seed saving and gardening. Always optional!!

 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Seed Library

We are a grassroots community seed bank that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free,
open-pollinated, locally grown,
pesticide- and GMO-free seeds.
All gardeners with or without seeds to share are welcome.

Save Seeds, Share Seeds

We hope that many gardeners
will commit to grow out and donate back to the seed library.

School Garden Gathering March 9th at Steele Lane School

Hi School Gardeners!

Joins SGN and SlowFoodsNorth for a School Garden Gathering in Santa Rosa at  Steele Lane School’s wonderful courtyard garden from 3:30-5:00.

We’ll begin with a tour of the garden from garden teacher, Todd followed by a share out of some tried and true”Garden Back Pocket Lessons”.  Bring a favorite!

SGN and SlowFoodsNorth will bring seeds, starts and some Bodega Red Potatoes , a local potato brought back from obscurity and now on the SlowFoods Ark of Taste!

Please RSVP HERE

 

 

Lowes Toolbox for Education grant due Feb.9th

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.”

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 bstoep@oldadobe.org 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 RSVP BY OCTOBER 14 TO   beanblossom61@gmail.com 

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