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.

Don’t forget to get your Garden Based Education Grant Applications IN!!

Deadline is fast approaching!! 

Please do not hesitate submitting a grant application.

SGN is offering Garden-Based Education Grants of $5,000 each, to five schools for the 2017-2018 school year. For all the details, click here.

The grant package includes:

  • Healthy Roots nutrition education and cooking classes
  • Individualized support in garden design and program development by Project Manager
  • Participation in 2 free farm field trips
  • 5 Garden Coordinator Workshops facilitated by the SGN Program Director

 If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact Lauren at info@schoolgardens.org.

For all the details, click here.

2017-2018 Garden Based Education Grant Application Open!

The School Garden Network recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles for successful school gardens is the lack of funding for Garden Coordinators.  Without a stable leader and educator in place, school gardens are hard to maintain and it is difficult to organize and deliver garden classes. The Garden-Based Education Grant is specifically designed to address this issue by providing funds that can be used for the salary of the Garden Education Coordinator, professional development for the Coordinator and other garden team members, and curriculum materials.

SGN is offering Garden-Based Education Grants of $5,000 each, to five schools for the 2017-2018 school year.

The grant package includes:

  • Healthy Roots nutrition education and cooking classes
  • Individualized support in garden design and program development by Project Manager
  • Participation in 2 free farm field trips
  • 5 Garden Coordinator Workshops facilitated by the SGN Program Director

To learn more about the 2017-2018 Garden-Based Education Grant package and the application requirements, click here.

Join the Compost Club – Recycle Organic Waste on Your School Campus!

Dear Sonoma County Teachers (grades 3-12).

It is my pleasure to inform you of a great opportunity to teach your students how to take action to reduce climate change! Students will learn how to recycle orgaputcompost.here_-150x150nic waste on your school campus!

The North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council can come to YOUR school in Sonoma County and offer a classroom presentation by a skilled presenter on recycling wastes to useful compost through onsite natural, biological processes using compost worms. This vermiculture system intrigues children, and motivates discussion on reducing wastes and greenhouse gas production.

Our presenters can deliver a one hour “Recycling Changes Everything” presentation to classrooms in Sonoma County this fall and many schools will receive a small classroom Rubbermaid worm bin for use in the classroom…including the worms!

The Compost Club of Healdsburg (http://compostclub.org) initiated this program in 2003 and has supported more than twenty sites (schools, wineries, retreat centers, detention facilities) who now divert their organic waste– more than 338,000 lbs. of organic waste have been diverted since the effort began. With the recent closure of Sonoma Compost, now is the time to keep waste in place instead of the alternative – hauling our waste to the East Bay each day. The Compost Club and the Council provide this environmental education outreach on “Vermiculture In the School” through grant funds and our services and materials are provided free of charge.

Schools which participate in the outreach presentations may also become eligible to receive a free onsite worm bin and training for campus-wide waste recycling in the future, as these schools will have priority for system installations when new grant funding is available.

You can contact us at ncrcandd@sonic.net or call Oona Heacock @ 707-293-8656

Waterwise School Garden MiniGrant

School Garden Network and Harmony Farm Supply are dedicated to supporting water conservation in school gardens! In a new collaboration we are pleased to announce a new mini-grant-“WATER-WISE SCHOOL GARDENS”.

Eligible SGN member schools will receive a free irrigation design, installation support and up to $400 in funding for a drip irrigation system!!  Irrigation systems will include battery operated timers, electric anti-siphon valves and a shut off valve to isolate the system.

Irrigation systems to be installed by volunteers and teen members of our SchoolGardenCorp!

In order to qualify, schools must be an SGN member school by completing the Membership Form. Once your school has completed the membership process SGN will send your school an account application for Harmony Farm Supply.

School gardens may apply for a –“WATER-WISE SCHOOL GARDENS” mini grant once these two steps are completed. School gardens will be required to provide principal and maintenance signature on the WATERWISE mini- grant application and supply a detailed map for design. Details in the application.

Download a Waterwise School Garden application here:   WATER_application

Questions?  Contact Lauren at info@schoolgardens.org

Steele Lane Elementary School’s Thriving Garden Program

With the fabulous support from our community, Vicki’s Garden at Steele Lane Elementary School has been able to upgrade the infrastructure and teaching program this past year. While our program has improved student contact time and curriculum, we are also very excited about the help we have received from Sunrise Rotary. While we have had support from many organizations, our support form Sunrise has been pivotal. We wish to thank them for our new seven planting beds, four new picnic tables, new shade structure and a replaced shed. These projects could not have happened without them. In addition, all of these community organizations helped make these projects (and more) happen:

Sunrise Rotary

School Garden Network of Sonoma County

Slow Food Russian River

Whole Kids Foundation

Freidman’s Home Improvement Center

Home Depot

Benjamin Moore Paints

California Association of Family Farmers

The National Heirloom Exposition

Steele Lane Enrichment Foundation

and the Steele Lane Elementary School staff and administration!

 Steele Lane Garden Before

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 Steele Lane Garden After

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