Local Resources

Sonoma Compost takes yard waste from around the county and turns it into compost. It’s free to school gardens, although you’ll need to either collect it yourself in a truck or pay for delivery.

Jail Industries Nursery: Jail Industries is a project of the Sonoma County Jail, and will often donate or offer low cost plants to community projects and nonprofits. Contact Rick Stern: (707) 525-8310 or jailind@mcn.org.

Lots of Free Seeds for school gardens at the Share Exchange in Santa Rosa. Seeds are located in the office annex in a filing cabinet.

West County Seed Exchange meets the last Saturday of the month at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Sebastopol. Free workshops and lots of free locally grown seeds. Just grow out some seeds for the exchange. Come early and tour the SEED Garden.

Dan O Davis  on Todd Rd in Santa Rosa has recycled wood and other stuff for garden building projects. Have to just drop by as the stock is ever changing and be willing to pull alot of nails!

Calico Lumber: Recycled wood, 546-4045

Heritage Salvage: Recycled wood, Petaluma, 762-6277

Recycle – Town of Petaluma: Building and garden materials 795-3660

Recycle – Town of Healdsburg: Building and garden materials, 433-0321

Reusable Materials Yard: Building and garden materials, Windsor, 838-8947

Drip Irrigation Guide: From Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery in Sebastopol.

Santa Rosa Tool Library: Sonoma County residents may borrow a variety of tools for free; located at 642 5th Street in Santa Rosa.

The Occidental Arts and Ecology’s School Garden Teacher Training Program has five-day residential programs during the summer for learning the skills needed to start and sustain a school garden program.

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The Sonoma County Master Gardeners have an online Help Desk and Monthly Garden Tips. They also offer an intensive three-month training program in horticulture.

The SRJC Shone Farm serves primarily as an outdoor laboratory site for agriculture and natural resource classes. The sustainable agriculture unit provides a hands-on learning laboratory for growing specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers, berry and fruit tree crops. The SRJC Shone Farm serves primarily as an outdoor laboratory site for agriculture and natural resource classes. The sustainable agriculture unit provides a hands-on learning laboratory for growing specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers, berry and fruit tree crops.

Santa Rosa Sustainable Agriculture Program: Classes and programs to prepare students for entry into the emerging career field of sustainable and organic agriculture.

Daily Acts: Sonoma County-based nonprofit organization working to transform communities through inspired action and education; Lead organizer of annual 350 Home and Garden Challenge.dailyacts.org

Click here to download a list of more local school garden resources (pdf file).

Do you know of another local resource we forgot?  Contact us and we’ll add it to the list.