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 Jon.Niehaus@scwa.ca.gov.

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.

 

Responsibilities:

  • 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 info@schoolgardens.org

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

Community Soil Foundation seeking Program Director

The mission of Community Soil Foundation  is to cultivate the wellness of Sonoma County communities by offering land-based education, creating access to organic produce, and regenerating habitat and natural resources.

The major goals that have been prioritized to carry out the mission include: 1) conducting year-round, outdoor, garden-based education to youth and adults, 2) teaching environmental stewardship through sustainable, organic gardening practices and habitat restoration and regeneration, 3) selling affordable, fresh organic produce at a farm stand located in Santa Rosa and donating a portion of the yield to local food banks, 4) teaching garden-enhanced nutrition education courses to youth and adults, 5) providing a community gathering-space for community members to reconnect and spend more time with their family, friends and neighbors.Job Description:

Community Soil Foundation’s Program Director (PD) is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the two co-founders of the organization.

The PD will supervise all staff including the Garden Educator, Garden Coordinator and the Bookkeeper. The PD collaborates with Community Soil Foundation’s staff, local community-based organizations, schools within the Mark West Union School District, existing funders and community members to build involvement in and commitment to the garden and its programs.

Position Details:

The PD is part-time at first and will start at 10 hours a week with a flexible schedule. The 10 hours a week is funded for a full year with hopes of additional fundraising to increase hours per week. Hourly rate starts at $20 per hour.

More details can be found CSF Program Director

Questions: jeff@communitysoil.com

The position is now open.

Reminder-Developing Schoolyard Habitat Project Workshop May 17th

INTERESTED IN ENHANCING YOUR SCHOOL GARDEN WITH SOME WILDLIFE ?

SCHOOLYARD HABITAT WORKSHOP

WEDNESDAY May 17th

9:00am-3:30pm

Tarsier Meeting Room

OReilly Media Center 1005 Gravenstein HWY, Sebastopol

LEARN HOW TO:

  • Design a successful habitat project integrated with Common Core and NGGS standards
  • Link to engaging and relevant Citizen Science programs
  • Create opportunities for students to become empowered stewards of their environment
  • Qualify for up to $5,000 in funding  from US Fish and Wildlife for your habitat project
  • Develop native Pollinator Patches, Monarch Way Stations, Songbird Hedgerows, NestBox trails, Lizard Castles,  Native Bee Houses, Bogs, Insect Hotels, and Bird Blinds!!
Details:
    • Workshop is a pre-requisite for qualifying for US Fish & Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat funding
    • Guest presenters to be announced!!
    • Registration and payment of $35 due May 10th
    • Vegetarian lunch  & snacks included
    • Receive US Fish and Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat Guide , Habitat Garden Book by Nancy Bauer, Pollinator Posters and Butterfly ID cards!

    Register Here today

    Contact Laurel Anderson at schoolhabitats@gmail.com for more information.

OAEC SCHOOL GARDEN TEACHER TRAINING

SCHOOL GARDEN TEACHER TRAINING

June 19 – 23, 2017

OAEC’s School Garden Teacher Training supports your school in creating and sustaining garden-based ecological literacy programs and helps you build a strong cohort of colleagues. Our residential training is for individuals or teams of teachers, garden educators, administrators and core parent volunteers.

June 26 – 30, 2017

Both courses follow the same format.

Free plants have been given away!

All the plants are gone!

More to come!

School Wellness Policy Training- April 26th- RSVP Req.

RSVP for the USDA Final Rule School Wellness Policy Training.

April 26, 9-12pm

Rohnert Park Health Center- 5800 State Farm Dr in the Integrity Room upstairs.

RSVP to Danielle Krause at danielle.krause@sonomca-county.org.

Register now!Schooyard Habitat Workshop May 17th

INTERESTED IN ENHANCING YOUR SCHOOL GARDEN WITH SOME WILDLIFE ?

SCHOOLYARD HABITAT WORKSHOP

WEDNESDAY May 17th

9:00am-3:30pm

Tarsier Meeting Room

OReilly Media Center 1005 Gravenstein HWY, Sebastopol

LEARN HOW TO:

  • Design a successful habitat project integrated with Common Core and NGGS standards
  • Link to engaging and relevant Citizen Science programs
  • Create opportunities for students to become empowered stewards of their environment
  • Qualify for up to $5,000 in funding  from US Fish and Wildlife for your habitat project
  • Develop native Pollinator Patches, Monarch Way Stations, Songbird Hedgerows, NestBox trails, Lizard Castles,  Native Bee Houses, Bogs, Insect Hotels, and Bird Blinds!!
Details:
    • Workshop is a pre-requisite for qualifying for US Fish & Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat funding
    • Guest presenters to be announced!!
    • Registration and payment of $35 due May 10th
    • Vegetarian lunch  & snacks included
    • Receive US Fish and Wildlife’s Schoolyard Habitat Guide , Habitat Garden Book by Nancy Bauer, Pollinator Posters and Butterfly ID cards!

    Register Here today

    Contact Laurel Anderson at schoolhabitats@gmail.com for more information.