Chipotle Helps Schools Raise Money for Garden Programs

In partnership with Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program, Chipotle Restaurant is providing several resources for school garden programs.  Through their dine and donate program, 50% of the sales that your school brings in are donated back to the school.  Chipotle also donates food for events related to school garden programs (i.e. volunteer days).  Click here for more information on Chipotle’s Resources for Schools program.

Dutch Mill Bulbs for Fundraising

Dutch Mill Bulbs for Fundraising and Wholesale

Online Fundraser

Dutch Mill Bulbs originated Flower Bulb Fundraising over 50 years ago. Our Fall Fundraising Program and Spring Fundraising Programoffer easy-to-sell and easy-to-grow varieties of flower bulbs and bare root perennials. We’ve helped tens of thousands of groups exceed their fundraising goals with our Flower Bulb Fundraising Programs.

Our Fundraising Program is the perfect flower bulb fundraiser for your group. School Fundraising, PTA Fundraisers, PTO Fundraisers, sport and athletic team fundraisers, cheerleader fundraisers, dance ensembles, booster clubs, academic clubs, marching bands, concert bands, choral groups, drama clubs, libraries, choirs, community groups, churches, and scouts – to name but a few – have all successfully raised funds by “going green” with our eco-friendly, economically priced no-riskFundraising Programs. Since its inception, Dutch Mill Bulbs has been recognized for outstanding
service, value, quality and reliability. You can count on us for your most successful fundraiser ever!

(The advantage of this company is they will pack your order for classrooms. This makes it much easier for volunteers who deliver the bulbs! Laurel)


West County Community Seed Exchange’s Monthly Gathering-Saturday July 25th

West County Community Seed Exchange’s Monthly Gathering



Saturday July 25th

St Stephen’s Church   500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol

11:00am-12:00pm  FREE CLASS- “Planning Your Winter Garden ” with Master Garden and Shone Farm instructor,  Wendy Krupnik. Learn how to plan now for a productive, healthy winter garden!

Wendy Krupnik has been an organic farmer and gardener for over 30 years. Wendy has been actively involved with organizations working to further a more sustainable agriculture. She coordinated the 4-acre garden at Santa Rosa Jr. College’s Shone Farm, which is part of the Sustainable Agriculture program, and has been teaching Master Gardener classes since 1992, teaches workshops on edible gardening through Santa Rosa Parks & Recreation Department, and assists home garden clients.

9:00am – 10:30am – Join the work party  or tour the Seed Garden on site  where many of our local seeds are being grown ( optional)

9:00am – 11:00am – Seed Library OPEN- drop in anytime between these hours. All are welcome to take home some of the  the hundreds of varieties of  locally grown seeds!  Pick up seeds for your winter garden…lots of locally grown brassicas, lettuces, herbs, flowers.

Learn how you can grow out some varieties to return to the Seed Exchange in the future.


WEST COUNTYSEEDEXCHANGE-Creating a grassroots community seed exchange that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free, locally grown, open-pollinated, pesticide and GMO-free seeds.



School Garden and Wetlands Naturalist Teacher Position Open in Mill Valley

Mill Valley School District has a job opening for a elementary School Garden and Wetlands Naturalist Teacher. Teach K-5 classes Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to enhance science curriculum through experiential learning in our gardens, wetlands, and bayfront location, in conjunction with state standards.  Take leadership in garden maintenance, school-wide environmental events, and our continual coordination work with teachers, parents and students to replace non-native wetland plants and monitor the results. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume.  Job description available upon request.  Position begins in October. Please contact with additional questions. Schedule: 25-30 hours/week in the Fall (Oct-Feb); 10-15 hours/week in the Spring (Mar-Jun). Compensation: $30 per hour. This is a part-time job at a non-profit organization.

Part-time Garden Coordinator Position at Proctor Terrace Elementary School

Proctor Terrace Elementary School has a position open for a part-time Garden Coordinator for the 2015-2016 school year.  Click here to see the full job announcement.

Steele Lane School is seeking a part- time garden coordinator

Steele Lane School is seeking a part- time Garden Coordinator. This  is a contract position for two days a week in their wonderfully designed courtyard garden. The link to the full job description is GardenCoord job posting 2015-16.

May is Living Schoolyards Month!

Sonoma County schools are encouraged to participate in the first Living Schoolyard Month this month of May! A new California state resolution encourages school districts to design and construct schoolyard green spaces and use these areas for teaching outside of the classroom. The Living Schoolyard Month resolution was adopted on June 16, 2014, establishing an annual statewide celebration of school grounds to be held each May. We encourage schools throughout the county to take their students outside during the month of May and throughout the year to celebrate green spaces on campus. School garden classes are a perfect way to enjoy green spaces on campus and the Living Schoolyards Guide is a wonderful resource for many more great ideas.  Green Schoolyards of America, a non-profit dedicated to expanding the strengthening the green schoolyard movement, invites you to share what you did for your Living Schoolyard Month celebration which they will share online at the end of the month.  For more information, go to

Guerneville Elementary Spring Garden Celebration this Sunday!

As part of the Farm Trail’s Spring Tour, the Guerneville School Garden is having a garden celebration on Sunday, May 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Clarke Wolf, author and food consultant, will host the event and there will be a cooking demonstration at 1:00 p.m. by Chef Crista Luedke from Boon Eat & Drink, Big Bottom Market, and El Barrio. There will be silent auction which will close at 2:00 p.m. as well as free crafts for kids and the plant sale. Guerneville Elementary School is located at 14630 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. Please come and join in on the fun!


Support Sebastopol Charter School’s Garden – Taste of West County Fundraiser

Sebastopol Charter School’s upcoming fundraiser, the Taste of West County, is scheduled for Sunday, May 17th at the Vine Hill House in Sebastopol. Money raised from this auction will go toward purchasing equipment for parent and students to begin prepping their school garden site (i.e shovels, work gloves, soil amendments, plants, etc.).  Sebastopol Charter is celebrating its 20th year as a K-8th grade Waldorf-inspired public charter school.  Gardening, along with sustainability is incorporated into its programming in every grade, with an emphasis in 3rd grade especially.  Students learn how to grow and cook their own food as a class. With the help of parents, they build planters and tend to them from seeds to harvest and enjoy eating and cooking with them and bringing home extras to family and friends. Over the years, students have had the opportunity to use larger garden spaces from local school neighbors and families.  They look forward to reaching their dream of having their own garden and farm from where they can reap the nourishing benefits of the many possibilities it will afford them, including things such as a school Community Supported Agriculture program, on site and hands-on gardening curriculum, composting education, and school lunches which will include school grown produce. For more information on the fundraiser, click here.

Plastic Bottle Cap Mural Project at Grant Elementary School

Grant School just got a little more colorful!

“By taking something ordinary – plastic bottle tops – which we typically toss in the trash without a second thought, and repurposing them to create colorful art, we hoped to showcase how beautiful recycling could be,” said Aimee Vorhaus, one of the parent project leads.

This truly was a school wide art project.  Teachers, parents and students brainstormed ideas for the mural design.  “We wanted to represent the beautiful ecology surrounding us here in Sonoma County, and create an awareness of the need to be good environmental stewards,” said Vorhaus.

Over the summer, Grant families collected bottle tops and brought in more than 10,000 when school started in August.  Kindergarten, first and second grades did a fantastic job sorting all those caps by color.  Then third and fourth grades painted the background illustrations, and finally, fifth and sixth grades drilled the caps into the wood using screws generously donated by Friedman’s.  There are 6 panels in total, hanging on campus walls.