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School Garden Network bringing virtual Earth Day event to local students


This Earth Day, April 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. the School Garden Network will host a live and silent auction, a cooking demonstration with Handline chef Natalie Goble as well as a storytelling event.

The live virtual fundraiser hosted by Clark Wolf, a Sonoma County radio personality, will weave together colorful stories of the many school gardens here in Sonoma County, the people who care for them and the children they serve.

In between, exciting vacation getaways, wine, art and gardening gifts will be auctioned off in real time, and chef/owner Natalie Goble from Handline will offer up a cooking demo that is both accessible and delicious.

The silent auction will begin on April 12 and run through the event.

Tickets are $10 per household. You can also be a sustaining supporter of the event by purchasing a ticket at $50 or $100. Every additional dollar will help set children up for success when they’re back in the classroom by giving them the opportunity to have practical outdoor experiences after a year of virtual learning.

The first 25 people to buy $100 tickets will receive a bottle of wine from local wine producers, The Hobo Wine Company. For more information and to purchase tickets go to:

The funds raised will help support programs like Healthy Roots Grow Kits, which includes plants, seeds, training modules for teachers, compost tea kits and more. It is hoped these kits will jump-start school garden programs this fall. Funds will also support schoolyard habitat designs and installations, the teen apprentice program that trains high school youth to sustain garden spaces, and professional development opportunities for educators to use the garden in STEM and in other cross-curricular ways.


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New specialty crops program launched in schools

More Sonoma County public school students will taste and learn about local specialty crops under a new farm-to-school program from the School Garden Network of Sonoma County and the California Alliance with Family Farmers.
The two organizations jointly have received a $211,000 grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.The groups will focus on schools with a large share of lower-income students in order to reach families “that have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” according to a press release. Student families will be able to take part in “food access” and nutrition workshops.
The groups also will host field trips to specialty farms, especially those supplying local schools.“This really is a win-win for Sonoma County children, schools, farmers and the community,” School Garden Network board member Aimee Vorhaus said in a statement.
Source: Agriculture briefs | The Press Democrat