The School Garden Network (SGN) is the leading school garden support organization in Sonoma County. In the wake of the 2017 wildfires, SGN surveyed its affiliate schools to assess the damage and to identify the needs of those most impacted. They found that schools are looking to SGN to provide expertise in rebuilding both infrastructure and programming for their school gardens. In addition to providing direct funding to repair damaged infrastructure from the wildfires, their SchoolYard Habitat (SYH) program supports schools to create an ecologically responsible strategic plan for their garden redesign. Since 2012, SGN has partnered with US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) to manage its SYH Program, with the mission to provide the opportunity for children to experience and learn about natural resources and enhance the environmental pedagogy used by teachers through the planning and implementation of Schoolyard Habitat and Outdoor Classroom projects. Together the USFWS and SGN aim to educate teachers in Sonoma County through a series of workshops addressing SYH implementation to increase educational opportunities for students. This grant will support school gardens in 2 ways: adding 3 fire-affected schools to join the SYH program for the 2018/2019 school year, and providing funding to 5 schools to rebuild school gardens.
The School Garden Network
Just & Resilient Future Fund. Resilient School Gardens
Fiscal Sponsorship Grants, 2018