FREE Ark of Taste seed for School Gardens

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A living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction

Does your school garden want to plant Ark of Taste crops?


Slow Food USA has another great opportunity for everyone to acquire some more Ark of Taste seeds for their gardens.  Thanks to our partnership with Baker Creek Seeds and Chipotle Mexican Grill, we have a surplus of two Ark of Taste seeds that can be planted around the country:

Amish Deer Tongue  Lettuce

Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce

Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, also known as Matchless lettuce, dates back to 1840. The name, deer tongue, comes from its pointed leaves that are triangularly shaped with green straight edges.  Because of its heat tolerance, it is said to be less prone to bolting under high temperatures. The lettuce has a thin midrib, good texture and wonderful flavor that is pleasantly sharp. This plant is great for home gardeners as it is tolerant of different climates.


Mayflower Bean

Mayflower Bean

The Mayflower Bean arrived in the US in the 1620s with the settlers on the Mayflower. After its initial introduction to the Americas, the bean was widely circulated among the people of the Carolina region of the country. The Mayflower plant has short pods that hold the small, square shaped beans. The beans are a beautiful creamy color with dark-red spec.


To receive one of each of the Ark of Taste seed packets for your school garden, email with the following information:


Shipping address:

Name of school where seeds will be planted:

Address of school:

There is no cost to these seeds or for shipping.  The seeds will be mailed in a standard envelope within 3-5 days of receiving the necessary information. 



Thanks for helping Slow Food USA distribute these important seeds around the country!

Slow Regards,

Andy, Lauren and Hope

Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program


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Project Coordinator position open with the Center for Climate Protection

The Center for Climate Protection, a nonprofit organization based in Sonoma County, seeks a talented team player that is a quick learner, easily relates to and enjoys mentoring young people, is excited about helping implement the ECO2school program in Sonoma County high schools, and is passionate about climate protection.

The mission of the Center for Climate Protection is to inspire, align and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. We work with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

About the ECO2school Program:

ECO2school is an award-winning student leadership program that encourages students to use alternative modes of transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This program is designed to integrate with existing high school academics to educate students about personal, community, and environmental health issues related to climate change. We provide assemblies, guest speakers, in-class education and service learning opportunities to support student leaders. By working both in the classroom and with clubs, ECO2school engages students in fun activities that are transformative for participants. Program benefits are not just academic. ECO2school also reduces congestion, saves costs on transportation as well as promotes healthy living, safe commutes, biking, transit ridership, and improved air quality for the entire community.

What the Project Coordinator does:

The Coordinator’s job is a full time position. In the 2015-16 school year ECO2school will operate in nine Sonoma County schools. The Coordinator will eventually be responsible for most of the Sonoma County in school program implementation and follow up.

Example activities include:
• Recruit and mentor student leaders to organize and implement the ECO2school program in schools throughout Sonoma County
• Make presentations to students and community organizations about climate, bicycle safety, and other topics related to active transportation
• Assist student leaders to organize and implement peer-to-peer education activities including bike rides and slow races
• Organize and facilitate youth leadership development trainings
• Develop and maintain a social media presence including a blog and website
• Shoot and edit videos of student activities and post to website
• Work with community leaders and businesses to further develop and support the ECO2school program
• Help with evaluation, data collection, and aggregation
• Collaborate with the Project Manager, other members of the CCP staff, staff from regional partners, vendors and other stakeholders
• Be open to doing new activities as the need arises

Minimum Qualifications:
• Minimum two years relevant work experience including a proven track record of effective leadership, organizing, and communicating. We want proof that you can inspire, align, and mobilize others.
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
• Experience working with young people
• Excellent references

Desired Skills and Qualities:
The position requires an entrepreneurial, personable, confident team member with a sense of humor who possesses the following skills and qualities:
• Works and relates well with young people, especially high school students
• Committed to and understands climate protection
• A good understanding of bicycling street skills and bike mechanics
• Superior oral and written communication skills to craft and articulate clear, concise messages
• Ability to inspire and persuade
• Very well organized and a strong team player
• Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
• Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations to resolve problems
• Ability to motivate people to take action including meeting deadlines
• Skilled in relationship building and networking
• Strong meeting facilitator
• Good listener and a quick learner

This job requires extensive travel throughout Sonoma County and sometimes the greater Bay Area. The successful applicant should own a car or have access to a means of transportation required for work. It would help if you either lived in Sonoma County or are willing to move to here.

Full time salary between $38,000 and $42,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacations, holidays, and health insurance. The person in this position will work from the office located in Santa Rosa, California. This position is dependent on grant funding. The Center for Climate Protection is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:
They encourage anyone interested in this position to submit an application as soon as possible. Please email your resume and a cover letter of no more than 250 words explaining your interest in the job and why you’re qualified, to Amy Jolly at Names and contact information for your last three supervisors or clients (including your current supervisor or client, if applicable) will be required upon request.

Please include “ECO2school Project Coordinator” in the subject line and let them know where you learned about the position.

The position is open until filled. They will start reviewing applications on September 11th. No phone calls, please.

Permaculture Design Course with Toby Hemenway

Permaculture Design Course with Toby Hemenway


Looking for deep solutions in a world of challenges?  Our 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course, which meets one weekend a month from October, 2015 through March, 2016, will introduce you to strategies and tools for designing and living in landscapes, homes, businesses, and communities that are regenerative—that is, that go well beyond not just depleting resources and the human spirit, but actually renew and invigorate them. The course is led by Toby Hemenway, whose permaculture guidebook, Gaia’s Garden, is the best-selling permaculture book in the world. Having taught over 60 Permaculture Design Courses, Toby is one of the premier permaculture educators in the world today. Guest instructors include acclaimed experts Larry Santoyo, Brock Dolman, Pandora Thomas, Erik Ohlsen, John Valenzuela and others. 

Upon successful completion of the course participants will earn a Permaculture Design Certificate issued by The Permaculture Institute (USA), the principal permaculture certifying body in the US.

To learn more and to register, visit
For more information, please contact Michael Sturgis at (707) 789-9664 or

FREE Plants have all been taken

FREE Plants have all been taken.

Hope to have more soon.

See some of you at the Heirloom Expo next week!!


Reminder-Water for Wildlife Workshop-Sept.19th

Water for Wildlife Workshop

Back by popular demand! 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, September 19th, 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

California Education & Environment Trainings

California Education & Environment trainings
Want to discover best practices for implementing the EEI Curriculum in your classroom? Join one of our upcoming trainings.Whether you prefer learning in person or online, we’ve got you covered, just browse our online calendar and pick a training that works for your schedule.

Through the EEI training program you’ll be prepared to:

  • Teach science and history/social science through an environmental lens
  • Enhance student learning through EEI’s engaging environmental lessons.
  • Transition to the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards

Attending an EEI training for the first time will also make you eligible to order up to 2 EEI units in print, including all the student and classroom materials you need to start teaching EEI.


The EEI Team
California Education & the Environment Initiative


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.