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.

Reminder Garden Gathering at Steele Lane Thursday 3:30

Join us at the wonderful courtyard school garden at Steele Lane School-301 Steele Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

We’ll have a tour of the garden from garden teacher, Todd-Beth the HealthyRoots educator will share a seasonal garden snack and Annie SGN’s program director will have some tried and true”Garden Back Pocket Lessons” for us.

SGN will bring seeds & organic vegetable starts to share.  SlowFoodsNorth will will bringBodega Red Potatoes for planting-a local potato brought back from obscurity and now on the SlowFoods Ark of Taste!

Please RSVP HERE

 

Workshop Opportunity- The Growing Classroom on March 2nd!

Old Adobe School is hosting LifeLab’s The Growing Classroom Workshop on March 2nd, 2017. Check out the agenda.

This workshop is being generously funded by Old Adobe School, so it is FREE to attend. But space is very limited, so please contact Beth Stoep at slwenz@comcast.net if you are interested.

 

 

 

 

Starting Your Garden from Seed- FREE CLASS

Starting Your Garden from Seed

FREE CLASS

Saturday, February 25

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 500 Robinson Road, Sebastopol

 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Learn about planning your garden, starting seed indoors, sowing directly in the garden, and what supplies you need to be successful. Class will be taught by Electra de Peyster.

 Electra de Peyster has been a UCCE Sonoma County Master Gardener since 2004 and teaches classes on seeds, seed saving and food gardening for the Master Gardener Library series and for community groups. She has volunteered at the Community Seed Exchange since 2009 and is also the founder of SeedStewards, a project that promotes seed saving as one part of a sustainable future.

 Seed Library open  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We are a grassroots community seed library  supporting Sonoma County gardeners with free, open-pollinated, locally grown, pesticide- and GMO-free seeds.All gardeners with or without seeds to share are welcome.

Work Party-9:00 am – 10:30 am

Join us  in the Seed Garden

located on site, where we grow many of the seeds offered in our library. A great way to learn more  about seed saving and gardening. Always optional!!

 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Seed Library

We are a grassroots community seed bank that supports Sonoma County gardeners with free,
open-pollinated, locally grown,
pesticide- and GMO-free seeds.
All gardeners with or without seeds to share are welcome.

Save Seeds, Share Seeds

We hope that many gardeners
will commit to grow out and donate back to the seed library.