Free Salvias for School Gardens!!

This is the perfect time to plant perennials!

Soquel Nursery has generously donated hundreds of 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. I  suggest cutting them back by half at this time and after their first bloom of summer you could trim back by one third. They are in 1 gallon pots.

Remember to plant them in groups of 3 at least!

Hopefully, Soquel Nursery will continue to donate  perennials once or twice a month.

Consider 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!!!

Free Lettuce and Kale starts at Ceres Garden in Sebastopol

Free Lettuce and Kale starts at Ceres Garden in Sebastopol(on Hwy 116 north behind O’Reilly Media).

Please let Lauren know if you have taken the last of the plants!


phone: (707) 861-0593

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.

Free Organic Vegetable starts at CERES Garden

Hi School Gardeners!!

I just dropped off a truck load of organic broccoli and cabbage starts at the CERES Garden (on Hwy116 north behind O’Reilly Media).

Please let me know if you take the last plants so that no one makes a trip from afar in vain!!



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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

Apply now_Lowes “Toolbox for Education” grant

Lowe’s will donate up to $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups – at as many as 1,000 different public schools per school year.Click here to see if you are eligible!

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.

LifeLab: Next Generation Science in the Garden Workshop

Reminder to sign up by September 1st  for a discounted price!!

Date:September 16th

Location:Wilson Elementary School, Petaluma
Use school’s back entrance at 600 Middle Two Rock Road, Petaluma

Hours: 9:00-3:30 Please arrive a bit early to get settle in!

FEE: $100 before September 1st/$150 after September 1st

Please send checks made out to: School Garden Network, PO Box 1367, Sebastopol, CA 95473 . Questions? Contact Lauren at

Register Here

Workshop will be indoors and outdoors so please dress accordingly
Vegetarian garden lunch will be provided
Graduate Education Credit will be available

Let’s head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science!

Next Generation Science in the Garden Workshop

Let’s head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science!

otherAppsImage(1)School Garden Network is excited to announce that we are collaborating with Wilson Elementary in Petaluma and LifeLab* to offer a fabulous workshop for educators this September called Next Generation Science in the Garden.

Using lessons from Life Lab’s The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor garden classroom? Graduate education units available.

Class will be taught by Carrie Strohl. Read her bio here.

* Life Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located on the UC Santa Cruz farm. Life Lab cultivates children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

Click to Register for LifeLab 


LifeLab: Next Generation Science in the Garden

Wilson Elementary School, Petaluma
Use school’s back entrance at 600 Middle Two Rock Road, Petaluma

Hours: 9:00-3:30 Please arrive a bit early to get settle in!

Workshop will be indoors and outdoors so please dress accordingly
Vegetarian garden lunch will be provided
Graduate Education Credit will be available

$100 before September 1st
$150 after September 1st

Please send checks made out to: School Garden Network, PO Box 1367, Sebastopol, CA 95473
Workshop fees are not refundable

Don’t Forget!!! Scarecrow Competition at the Farmer Olympics!


School Garden Network is proud to sponsor the Scarecrow Competition at the 2016 Farmer Olympics hosted by the Farmers Guild. This is a contest where individuals and groups can enter their home-made scarecrow. Be creative and show us how to scare those pests away! There will be metals awarded to the top three contestants as well as a prize for the winner.


We look forward to seeing you at the Farmer Olympics on September 17th , from 12-7 at the Petaluma Fairgrounds.

The Details

  • Scarecrow submission begins at 12 and ends at 5:00
  • Winning scarecrows will be announced at 5:30
  • Metals for the top three contestants and a prize for the gold medalist

Garden Assistant Position at Old Adobe Charter

Old Adobe Elementary
Garden Assistant for Old Adobe Edible Garden

The Garden Assistant is a position that offers critical support to teachers and students to ensure that our school can maximize the educational potential of the garden. The Garden Assistant works with staff to plan lessons, gather materials, maintain the garden, and support instruction linked to the garden. The Garden Assistant will deliver weekly lessons in-class and out in the garden to all elementary students —combining environmental science education and nutrition education with hands-on experiences in the school garden (planting, tending, harvesting, and cooking).

The Garden Assistant also acts as a resource for teachers as they plan their own cross-curricular lessons in the outdoor classroom, and models skills that teachers need to feel comfortable using the garden to teach science standards.

The Assistant:

  • Facilitates garden science classes, incorporating both environmental science and nutrition education as they relate to the garden.
  • Assists and helps in planning, with the classroom teacher, the students’ hands-on experiences in the garden (planting, tending, harvesting and cooking).
  • Builds involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, administrators, students, parents and community volunteers.
  • Builds capacity within the school by working with classroom teachers, and developing teacher skills in outdoor classroom management techniques and in gardening.
  • Maintains the garden, coordinating volunteers and working with the community and the school district.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate garden lessons and garden maintenance, working 6 hours per day
  • Manage the school garden, plan and prepare for garden work activities, manage planting schedule, ensure availability of tools and other necessary materials
  • Maintain open garden time schedule for teachers
  • Attend occasional school wide staff meetings
  • Coordinate community garden events to bring students, families, teachers and community members together
  • Maintain school garden social media presence working with the school media person
  • Supports preparation and set-up of seasonal weekly/bi-weekly school “farmer’s market”
  • Help maintain outdoor kitchen and helps plan events with staff, students and/or parents

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of and/or interest in the following: environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access, nutrition, botany, resource conservation, cooking, and social justice
  • Familiarity and/or interest in the following : Permaculture, 4-season food production, California Native Plants and Ecology, Plant Propagation, Organic Pest Management, Orchard Management, and the Bio-intensive Method
  • At least 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 5-12
  • Ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently and be flexible

How to apply:

Please send a email, with School Garden Assistant Educator in the subject line, to the following email addresses.

Beth Stoep – garden coordinator, (707-765-4301)

Jeff Williamson – principal, (707-765-4301)

The position is now open. We anticipate filling the position in early August.