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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 info@schoolgardens.org

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 

DETAILS

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

Scarecrow Competition at the Farmer Olympics!

scarecrow

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, bstoep@oldadobe.org (707-765-4301)

Jeff Williamson – principal, jwilliamson@oldadobe.org (707-765-4301)

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

Join SGN on July 16th at Bacigalupi Winery for a lovely summer evening of Food, Wine and Fun!

The Bacigalupi Family Winery is in its 5th year producing its Annual Designate Tasting Event and this year have generously chosen the School Garden Network as the nonprofit recipient of event proceeds!

The event will include a very special and limited tasting featuring wines produced exclusively from Bacigalupi Vineyards. All wineries are hand selected and excel in producing wines that express the true terroir of their vineyards. Enjoy a varietal food pairing featuring local favorite Stark & Co. Catering and live music. Commemorative logo glass included.​

School Garden Network will be there with a well curated silent auction and information about new ways to join our organization in helping to establish and maintain school gardens throughout Sonoma County.

Participating wineries include:
Gary Farrell, Cast Wines, Dutcher Crossing, Edge Hill, Eleven Eleven, Flannagan, Matrix, Venge Vineyards, Modus Operandi, TVine Cellars, Jaclynn Renee Wines, Kobler Estate Winery, Montagu Wines, Williams Selyem, Climats du couchant and more!

Event details
Date and Time: Saturday July 16th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Bacigalupi Vineyards Tasting Room
4353 Westside Road Healdsburg, CA 95448
Email questions to katey@bacigalupivineyards.com

 

Seeking-School Garden Educator and Coordinator with Community Soil

Community Soil Foundation is seeking a Garden Educator to deliver  core garden-based education curriculum to the students of Mark West Elementary, San Miguel and Mark West Charter Schools. The  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). The Garden Educator will be 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.

Full job description here:CSF School Garden Educator and Coordinator

Contact- Jeff Shields with Community Soil

 

SchoolGarden Gathering May 19th at Alexander Valley School

School Garden Gathering

4:00pm-5:30

Alexander Valley Elementary

8511 Hwy 128, Healdsburg CA, 96558

Hi all,

Well, it’s probably been a very busy spring for you all and we hope that you can take the time to join us up in the north side of the county to visit the wonderful garden project at Alexander Valley Elementary.

The Alexander Valley School Garden Program serves its student population through weekly one-hour classes taught by  credentialed teacher,Ann Loarie. The students learn about all aspects of growing an organic garden from seed to plate. The academic program delivers common core aligned content in social studies, nutrition, and sciences over the course of the school year with outdoor, project based learning.”

The newest addition to the garden program has been a garden kitchen. Ann will talk about kitchen design, her garden program and we will sample some garden fresh kale chips. There will be time for us to share successes and challenges.  And time to celebrate our past season in the school garden!

SGN will bring up any vegetable starts and alot of seeds to share!

Please RSVP with  Laurel-beanblossom61@gmail.com

707 508-9710

Feel free to contact me if you  have any questions or if you would like to be on a carpool list.

 

 

 

Very discounted veggie starts at Petaluma Bounty

Here’s a message from our friends at Petaluma Bounty!!

 

We’re excited to offer our left-over Plant Sale starts at very discounted rates to local community and school gardens doing great things!

We’re trying to recuperate some of our costs while ensuring that these plants go to great causes, so we’ll be offering the plants by donation. We have asked for 50% of the original price in the past, and if you can afford that at this time, that would be great. But no one is turned away for lack of funds.

You are welcome to come to the Bounty Farm (55 Shasta Avenue, at Petaluma Blvd N), during the following windows to pick-up and purchase plants:

Saturday, 4/3010am-12pm
We have the following starts with various varieties: tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, onions, leeks, strawberries, squash, melons, specialty greens, lettuce, chard and kale.
If I have not met you, I look forward to connecting! I am the new Education & Engagement Coordinator withPetaluma Bounty. Myself and/or the new Farm Manager, Taylor Diepenbrock, will be at the farm at those times to assist you.

Katie Haberman
Education & Engagement Coordinator
PETALUMA BOUNTY, a Program of PPSC
Work Cell Phone: 707-364-4866
PPSC Office: 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma, CA 94952
Bounty Farm: 55 Shasta Avenue, Petaluma, CA, 94952

$1,000 K-8 Grants Available

Ag in the Classroom K-8 Grants

If you are a certified K-8 teacher in the United States interested in bringing organic agriculture into your classroom, please apply for one of our $1,000 Look at Agriculture…Organically! grants for organic education, administered in collaboration with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Grants last year paid for projects such as making compost with kindergarteners made from zoo poop, and crafting organic jam to donate to a homeless shelter. Find the application details on the California Ag in the Classroom website. The application deadline is May 15, 2016.