School Garden

NASCAR and Sonoma Raceway give 90 fruit trees to Sonoma School Gardens

February 13, 2014

A combined effort by NASCAR, Sonoma Raceway, UPS and the Arbor Day Foundation brought 90 fruit trees that are being planted in the school gardens of all 11 of Sonoma’s public schools. After reading in past years that trees were being given to schools and municipalities around the San Francisco Bay Area, I wrote to [...]

Fun garden fundraiser at Sonoma Country Antiques

December 7, 2013

Valerie Arelt performed her art at Sonoma Country Antiques’ “Festival Floral Arrangements Benefit” last Thursday to help our Sonoma School Garden Project. Arelt is an internationally renowned floral designer who once a year donates her humor, performance and flower arranging skills to a local non-profit, this year to the Sonoma School Garden Project through the [...]

Fairmont pledges $10K and more to High School ag garden

November 16, 2011

Fairmont CARES, a charitable foundation of Fairmont Hotels, including the Sonoma Mission Inn, has committed to “partnering” to the tune of $10,000 to Sonoma Valley High School’s Agriculture Department for development of the school’s agricultural programs, including the vegetable garden, orchard, vineyard, and animal husbandry programs.  The money will be paid over the next two [...]

First Educational Vineyard Planted at Sonoma School

July 21, 2011

Adele Harrison Middle School students, members of 4-H, parents, teachers, community members and Larson Family Winery’s vineyard management team just planted 120 Zinfandel vines at Adele Harrison Middle School as part of the Sonoma School Garden Project. Becky Larson of Larson Family Winery organized the endeavor, getting NovaVine to donate the vines, Sonoma Compost to [...]

Olive Trees Planted at all Sonoma Public Schools

June 8, 2011

Mission Olive Preservation Restoration & Education Project, a dedicated group of volunteers led locally by Ron Chapman and Grace Noyes, has spent several years researching the origins of our Mission Olive trees, preserving and replanting what olive trees we have at Mission San Francisco Solano and at Gen. Mariano Vallejo’s home, and “returning olive trees [...]

Story on Altimira Middle School Garden and inventive horticulture class

May 20, 2011

Check it out in the Sonoma Index-Tribune: http://www.sonomanews.com/News-2011/Garden-spawns-horticulture-class/

Adele Harrison Middle School Garden Update

May 4, 2011

We share these comments from our School Garden Site Coordinators so that others may learn from their daily and weekly experiences. The following is from Shirley Austin-Peake, science teacher and Adele Harrison Middle School Garden Coordinator: Alissa and Kathleen, so many thanks to you both for coming to the Adele garden work day!  We got [...]

Sonoma School Gardens Community Workdays

April 22, 2011

Our school gardens have become the treasures of our school families and of others living in the schools’ neighborhoods. Dunbar School, led by coordinator Alissa Pearce, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt and garden workday tomorrow, Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gotta get the families there somehow! It’s worth a trip [...]

Torrential Rains Fill Planting Holes

March 26, 2011

Northern California’s current downpours have prevented planting of some of our schools’ fruit and olive trees, although hardly anyone is complaining. We are all grateful to be out of a long-time drought. In Sonoma Valley Adele Harrison Middle School friends, faculty, and Scandia Landscaping volunteers dug holes to plant their 30 fruit trees donated by the [...]

School Garden Project Updates for February 17, 2011

February 17, 2011

            All of Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s principals are selecting their on-site School Garden Coordinators, who will be paid eventually by the independent Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.             Both Altimira and Adele Harrison Middle Schools are preparing their soil to plant a total of about 70 bare root fruit trees, which will provide snacks [...]

Fabulous Start for High School Garden Project

January 16, 2011

Organizing for America gave Sonoma Valley a great gift yesterday, January 15, 2011, as OFA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. community service project. With only a week to plan, OFA, the Boys & Girls Club’s Keystone Club, Sonoma Valley High School’s Earth Club and Leadership Class, community volunteers and School District staff came together to plow [...]

Sonoma High School Garden/OFA workday Saturday

January 14, 2011

Please join Organizing for America and many others for a community service workday tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 15 at Sonoma Valley High School on Broadway in Sonoma. We will all be working to clean up an old greenhouse, clear land and plant organic cover crops to condition the high school’s acreage to start an innovative vegetable [...]

December 12, 2010

December 12, 2010

Today I picked up the 80 pounds of fava beans and cover crop seeds from Altimira horticulture and science teacher Dutch Van Hernwynen’s class, where they had divided them into 12 bags for me to distribute to other schools. On Thursday leading Sonoma chef and Stone Edge Farm Executive Chef John McReynolds and Sonoma Valley [...]

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