Climate Literacy and Understanding Global Change Workshop

Climate Literacy and Understanding Global Change Workshop

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Westside Water Education Center – 9703 Wohler Road (near Forestville and Wohler bridge)

Are you interested in bringing climate literacy into your classroom? Join us for an inspiring, practical, and relevant workshop on how to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. Receive vetted scientific content, learn how to approach student misconceptions, and acquire new teaching resources and strategies. Learn about project-based learning opportunities where students engage in real-world data collection and think critically about how to mitigate the challenges ahead. Available to all teachers and educators.

Workshop attendees will receive:

  • New perspectives, tools, and techniques for teaching about global change
  • Information about local citizen science projects
  • Ocean acidification data, curriculum, and activities
  • The latest scientific research on atmospheric rivers
  • Free visual aids that make complex data more comprehensible
  • Current statistics from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Best practices in communicating climate and global change
  • How to engage students in relevant actions and projects within the community
  • * A optional special tour of our new Fish Viewing Gallery will follow the workshop

Sign up Here

For more information contact: David Berman at

The Sonoma County Water Agency will be hosting this workshop in partnership with NOAA/Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary; The Center for Climate Protection; Understanding Global Change Project, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology; Sonoma Clean Power



School Garden Post-Fire Resource Group

After the tragic fires in our county many of us are grappling with what effect the ash and residue may have on our crops and gardens. This question is additionally vexing when you’re in charge of managing a school garden, the purpose of which is to encourage kids to dig and pick and eat from the plants.

Unfortunately we don’t have any bright line answers yet, but School Garden Network wanted to create this group as a forum for sharing resources on this ever evolving research project. We invite you to share your questions and findings and experiences. Hopefully this will provide some of the support that is needed in our community so we can get our students back to learning in nature.

Please spread the invite to this google group far and wide!

Thank you for what you do,

Lauren Bowne
Executive Director

Click to Join School Garden Resource Group


School Garden Apprentice Pilot

SGN is proud to report that its summer School Garden Apprenticeship pilot program was a huge success!
Thanks to our great partnership with Harmony Farm Supply, SGN trained and hired 8 Sonoma County high school teenagers to install automated drip irrigation systems in 7 SGN affiliate school gardens who received a  Water Wise Mini-grant.  The teens also helped with general garden maintenance in 5 additional gardens, with tasks such as sheet mulching, building worm bins, weeding and planting heirlooms beans.
Special thanks to volunteer and Master Gardener Steve Ehrmann for taking the lead on designing the irrigation systems and for his many hours of hard work and dedication to seeing these installations through!
SGN intends to offer these great programs again, so stay tuned for more information about how to participate.  Questions and comments?  contact Sue Davis at

Has your school garden been impacted by the fires?

Dear School Garden educators and supporters,

This past week has been extremely difficult for our community as we come to realize the collective loss and changed landscape caused by the horrific fires in our county. Most students in our county lost a week of school and some are still not able to return to their normal routines due to the poor air quality. Even more dire are the schools that sustained fire damage.

We are interested to know about any and all schools that sustained significant damage in the fires, and are planning to do some fundraising to help revitalize gardens at these schools. We know that it takes a lot of donated time and money to get a garden program started at a school and fire damage could be devastating to those efforts. We want to do everything we can to make sure that existing school garden programs continue to thrive.

If your school garden sustain damage please fill out this form to inform us:


School Garden Gathering-October 19th

Slow Food Sonoma County North, School Garden Network, and Riebli School

invite you to an

“Open Garden” at Riebli School

315 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa


Thursday, October 19

3:30 – 5:00 PM



Have you been considering a garden for your school or center? Do you want to reinvigorate your garden project? Come to see a flourishing garden developed with creativity and donations, and meet school staff and garden coordinator to learn how they did it. Network with others who have a garden or are thinking about starting one to exchange ideas and resources!


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



Whole Foods Grant-$2,000- now open

2018 Grant Opportunities Now Open

 Applications to all grant programs are now available. Apply HERE



  • Garden Grant online applications – USA/Canada: 
  • September 1 – November 15 at 5pm CST
  • Honey Bee Grant – USA/Canada:
  • Part 1: October 31st at 5pm CST
  • Full Application: November 15th at 5pm CST

Returning and Previous Applicants

We are excited to launch a new online application system!

If you have applied under our previous system please hang tight and look for an email with specific instructions on how to login.

 Whole Kids Foundation Grant Programs 

 Garden Grant Programs

This programs provide a $2,000 monetary grant to support aneducational edible garden at a school or non-profit organization serving any grades K-12.

Visit our website to get started! There you will find a copy of the eligibility and application questions for USA Garden Grants and Canadian Garden Grants.


You can find more information about this grant program and the application process through one of our informational webinars. These webinars will be held on:



We recommend looking through our Grant Writing TipsSchool Garden Resource Center, and general resources to help guide you along the way!


Honey Bee Grant Program:

In partnership with The Bee Cause Project, this program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational honey bee hive.


We offer four grant options:

  • Monetary grant of $1,500
  • Equipment Grant: Observation hive Equipment Grant
  • Equipment Grant: Outdoor Traditional Langstroth hive
  • Equipment Grant: Outdoor Top hive


Visit our website to learn more! There you will find:



Watch our webinar with The Bee Cause Project to learn more about this grant and how to get your bees approved. These webinars will be held on:


For questions regarding the Honey bee hive grant process or if you need support in the bee approval process, submit it to the Bee Forum or email The Bee Cause Project directly at For technical questions or issues regarding your online application, please email


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

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.



  • 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

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!!

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