Free Broccoli, Kale and Lettuce Seedlings

Sweetwater Nursery is offering free broccoli, kale and lettuce seedlings to schools.  Pick them up anytime today or tomorrow (as soon as you can) at the CERES garden.  They will be on the ground near the greenhouse.  There should be more available next week.

Free Seeds at West County Community Seed Exchange -Feb 28th

More Free seeds for School Gardens available at West County Community Seed Exchange

Monthly Gathering!

Saturday February 28th
St Stephen’s Church 500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol
9:00 – 10:30 – Join the work party in the Seed Garden( optional!)

9:00 – 11:00 – Seed Library OPEN- drop in anytime between these hours to check out the hundreds of varieties of locally grown seeds! You don’t need to bring seeds to take seeds. but do consider growing out a variety and returning seeds to the exchange in the future.

There are some great varieties for school garden programs like  dozens of heirloom shelling beans, Oaxacan Green Dent corn and Zapatista Blue corn, chard, beets, kales, and lots of flowers!

11:00-12:00 Free Workshop-Introduction to SEED SAVING

Learn about:
• Seed families
• Easiest seeds to save
• Pollination, population size and isolation
• Wet and dry seed processing methods
• Simple seed storage methods

Taught by: Electra de Peyster- Sonoma County Master Gardener with specialization in seed saving and food gardening.
Electra has been teaching seed saving since 2005 and has volunteered at West County Community Seed Exchange since 2009.
She is the founder of SeedStewards, a project that provides seed saving information and promotes seed conservation and the importance of maintaining genetic biodiversity.

Free Seeds for School Gardens

Reminder that SGN has FREE seeds at the SHARE EXCHANGE  thanks to generous donations from Harmony Farm Supply, Renee’s Seeds and Friedman Brothers. The seeds are stored in filing cabinet in the annex next to the retail store. You must get key from the retail store.

Wendy Krupnik and Sara McCamat created a useful  locally adapted planting calendar for IGrow – Year-Round_Growing_Guide. School garden programs may want to tweak the planting schedule slightly and plant summer crops later, at end of May or early June for a fall harvest, and to maximize spring plantings for cooking in the garden.

Now is a good time to direct sow spinach, radishes, turnips, beets, peas, carrots, cilantro, Asian greens, potatoes in the garden. Start inside onions, lettuce, brassicas, chard, leeks, parsley, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant

Share Exchange
531 5th Street & 533 5th Street
Monday – Friday 10 – 5
Saturday 11 – 4



Salmon Creek School presents



MARCH 14TH 2015, 10 – 4 PM

Come learn how to build living willow structures and take your backyard or green schoolyard to the next level! In this day-long workshop, you will learn all of the principles and methods needed to make a living arch and tunnel. We will discuss harvesting techniques & strategies; design & siting, and long-term care & maintenance. Participants will leave with an expanded vision of the sculptural, educational and ecological possibilities inherent in this abundant native material.


This workshop will be led by Josho Somine; ecological designer, sculptor, builder and teacher from the Bay Area. He started working with willow and school gardens in 2000 and has done installations and workshops in diverse sites and communities across the country ever since.

Cost: $30 / participant

To Register: 1). Email Kaelyn <> with your name, contact information and school association ifapplicable. 2). Send your check to the address below, payable to HUSD (Harmony Union School Distict)

Located at Salmon Creek School: 1935 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, CA

Space is limited. Register Now!!!

Daily Acts seeks Schools Coordinator

Daily Acts, a growing sustainability nonprofit in Petaluma, is seeking a Schools Coordinator to join our dynamic, collaborative team. Working both independently and collaboratively with the Programs Director, Project Coordinator and Daily Acts staff, the Schools Coordinator will play a key role in promoting the 2015 Community Resilience Challenge to Sonoma County schools to activate student involvement in the program.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to inspire, support and mobilize young people to take action to conserve resources, grow food and strengthen their communities. Let your passion for empowering the next generation shine!

Download the job descriptionJob Posting – Schools Coordinator

Water for Wildlife Workshop

Come learn how to create a water feature that is safe for wildlife and a complement to your garden–even a drought tolerant garden! In these days of drought, it is important to include water in your home garden to help support wildlife. Water features do not need to be water hogs! Adding the lush allure and music of water to your backyard can be easily done. Don’t make the classic mistakes! Class will be held outside, so dress appropriately. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the bamboo garden after class. Bamboo Garden Tour optional. Guaranteed to be a rejuvenating, inspiring morning!
Saturday, March 21st  10am to Noon
Advance registration $20, $25 at the door
Wild Toad Nursery
3525 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa
Just north of Todd Road
Registration: 707-529-5261 or

Community Soil Foundation seeks part-time Garden Coordinator

Community Soil Foundation seeks  Garden Educator to deliver  core garden-based education curriculum to the students of Mark West Elementary, San Miguel and Mark West Charter Schools, all three public schools within the Mark West Union School District.

Garden 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).

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, which includes teachers, administrators, students, and other service providers.

See full Job Description here:  CSF School Garden Educator and Coordinator

More School Garden Grants!

The following are upcoming grant opportunities for school gardens:

Campus Kitchen Launch Grant, Due February 1, 2015

The Campus Kitchens project has numerous funding options and grant opportunities available to schools across the country to help with the planning and implementation of a Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchens Project is a national non-profit that empowers student leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to hunger


The Lifetime Foundation, Rolling Applications

The Life Time Foundation offers technical and financial assistance to schools looking to improve their school lunch. The take a fairly strong stance on what “real” food is – much stronger than we do – but if schools are on board with their program than they may actually be a good resource. I’ll defer to you on whether or not it’s worth sharing with the corps.


Fruit Tree Planting Foundation – Orchard Donations, Rolling Applications

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’s “Fruit Tree 101” program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition.


Salad Bars to Schools, Rolling Applications

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Our vision is to significantly increase salad bars in schools across the country until every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is an initiative of the Food Family Farming Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, andWhole Foods Market to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The goal of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program is to fund and award 6000 salad bars over the next three years.



Free “Great Backyard Bird Count for Educators” webinar!

Educators, you are invited to a free “Great Backyard Bird Count for Educators” webinar!

Great Backyard Bird Count can spark kids’ curiosity, interest in the outdoors and engagement with science! In this webinar, you’ll find out how you can:

  • Participate in Great Backyard Bird Count.
  • Practice and develop basic bird identification skills.
  • Discover ways to encourage student curiosity and learning.
  • Access free and inexpensive resources that will help you teach science and math.

Sign up here date and time

2015 GBBC winner - taken by Gordon Atkins

Growing School Gardens – a free, online learning community

The Growing School Gardens community is co-hosted by, the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab. “This free online learning community is a place for educators, gardeners, parents, and community volunteers to come together to share information and resources on how to start and maintain a school garden, and integrate it into the curriculum, the life of a school, and the local community. The community hosts free monthly webinars and live chats with leaders in the field that are highly engaging and interactive. Online discussions provide an easy way to continue the conversation and share ideas and experiences with peers across the country, and around the world.”  Click here to access the site and learn more about upcoming webinars and how to join the community.