Tag Archives: school gardens

CFSN Finds a New Home: Transitioning the Network to CDFA

Written by: Nicole Sturzenberger, CDFA, Office of Farm to Fork

The California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork is excited to begin the transition of the California Farm to School Network to our office. As the new Network lead, we look forward to strengthening the already robust movement built by CAFF and all farm to school stakeholders throughout California. During and after this transition, we will continue partnerships with CAFF, leading procurement efforts, UEPI, leading early childhood education work, and Lifelab, leading school garden efforts. The Office was also selected as the 2017-2019 National Farm to School Network California Core Partner and looks forward to communicating national farm to school efforts. These new roles recognize the Office’s leadership in the farm to school efforts and will provide new opportunities for us to continue building capacity and support for farm to school and early childhood education (ECE) activities in California. Continue reading

Slow Food USA-Whole Kids Foundation Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit Webinar

The Garden to Cafeteria toolkit is a study on the most successful garden to cafeteria programs in the US and a toolkit for how to implement the same in your garden and cafeteria program.

Join this webinar to learn more about the toolkit and how your school district can apply to receive on-site training from the Slow Food USA National School Garden Program to implement it.

Register here

The Edible Schoolyard Plant Sale and Celebration!

Mark your calendar for the annual Plant Sale and Celebration at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This May, the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley will host our annual Plant Sale and Celebration. Join us for a fun day in the garden – delicious, locally-made food, a beer garden, spirited music, student-guided tours, face paint, a petting zoo, exciting raffle prizes, and, of course, plants! Get your garden off to a strong start with tomatoes, vegetables, fruit trees and berries, herbs, perennials, annual flowers, and more. Plenty of gardening advice for novices and experts alike. The plant sale has become a beloved community event, with activities for kids as well as adults. Join us for an hour or the whole day!

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Enjoy coffee and ice cream along with dishes prepared by local chefs, pizza from the wood-fired oven, and garden-fresh salad! This year, we’ll also have a beer garden featuring local beer and wine!

Raffle Prizes

Lunch for two at the Chez Panisse Café; dinner for two at the Chez Panisse Café; magnum of wine from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants; dinner for two at Camino Restaurant; Patagonia merchandise, a $100 gift certificate to Monterey Market, tickets to the Exploratorium, and much, much more!

More Information

Interested in volunteering, making a donation, or getting involved? Please contact Hana Lee at hana@edibleschoolyard.org.

Thank you for your interest in the Plant Sale – see you there!

Webinar: School Garden Support Organizations (SGSOs) Best Practices Webinar Series

Join the National School Garden Network for the SGSO Best Practices Webinar Series where leaders from various NSGN organizations will present best practices, case studies, tools, and resources from each of the 5 key topics, the key topics are listed below. Register here, or click on the link below.
School Garden Program Sustainability and Finances April 25, 1pm PST

Other upcoming webinars (links to follow shortly):
Maintaining Multiple School Gardens May 9, 1pm PST
Measuring Impact June 6, 1pm PST
Professional Development for Garden Educators September 12, 1pm PST
School Garden Networks October 10, 1pm PST

Connecting the Garden, Cafeteria and Classroom…what’s next?

Written By: Allie Hoffman, Program Manager, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Three weeks ago, 340 California Farm to School and Garden practitioners gathered in Modesto for three days of field trips, workshops, inspiring keynotes, networking and food.

Helen Dombalis sharing her Farm to School story during the opening keynote

Attendees represented all areas of farm to school, ranging from farmers, to food service professionals, garden educators, government employees, nonprofits and more. It’s hard to focus on any one single moment from the conference to highlight in this article, particularly because there were so many different workshops that one could have attended. So instead, I’m going to share a few of the highlights from my experience planning and attending the conference.

Leading up to the conference, I was fortunate enough to have the job of connecting with so many of you. Whether I was reviewing workshop proposals, connecting with partners on social media or coordinating with the amazing CFSN regional leads, it was such a pleasure to get to connect with farm to school innovators from all around the state. Continue reading

Common Core in the Garden Workshop

Learn to use a school garden to provide a meaningful context in which students can apply their emerging skills in math and English language arts. Using lessons from The Growing Classroom activity guide, participants in this workshop will experience and discuss garden activities that support learning in math and language arts. Whether they are graphing the temperature of their compost pile over time; reading a recipe to make fresh salsa; writing a story from the perspective of an ant; or presenting to a buddy class on the animals that visited their sunflower patch, the opportunities for children to practice traditional academic subjects in the garden are limitless!



* Ways to incorporate the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and math opportunities outlined in the new Common Core Language Arts standards into an outdoor science curriculum


* Best practices with other outdoor educators

View all scheduled upcoming Garden Classroom workshops

All workshops require advanced registration and deposit.

To set up a workshop for your school site, please call Life Lab at (831) 459-3833 or email us at education@lifelab.org.