The Community Garden Network of Sonoma County (CGNSC) works to connect and support the Sonoma County's many (90 and counting) community gardens. We are dedicated to providing access to resources, gardening training, technical assistance, fund development support, leadership training, and other services to community gardens throughout the county, and to facilitating communication and partnership among community garden organizers, garden members, and the larger community.


July CGNSC Standing Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the CGNSC Standing Committee is Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Peace and Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa. Everyone with an interest in community gardening is welcome to attend. Please notify Autumn Buss, CGNSC Coordinator, at autumn@communitygardensonoma.org if you plan to attend the meeting.

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June CGNSC Standing Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the CGNSC Standing Committee is Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Peace and Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa. Everyone with an interest in community gardening is welcome to attend. Please notify Autumn Buss, CGNSC Coordinator, at autumn@communitygardensonoma.org if you plan to attend the meeting.

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Community Improvement Grants for Santa Rosa

moneyThe City of Santa Rosa is accepting applications for its Community Improvement Grant Program. A variety of different projects to enhance neighborhoods, including community gardens, are eligible. Grants may be up to $1,000. The application deadline is July 1. Details and how to apply are on the City’s Community Engagement webpage.

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Community Garden Plots Available

Juilliard Park Community Garden, Santa Rosa

Are you looking to join a community garden? Plots are available in several gardens around the County. In Santa Rosa: South Park Community Garden (corner of Milton and Grand) and Kawana Community Garden (2014 Moraga Drive)–contact the gardens’ Coordinator, Arlie Haig, at ajhaig@sonic.net or 707-360-5060 for information (Se habla español). In Sebastopol: Skategarden Community Garden–contact Maureen McCabe at mmccabe@joimail.com. Does YOUR garden have plots available? Let us know at autumn@communitygardensonoma.org and we’ll make an announcement.

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Check out the CGNSC June Newsletter

3d kids reading newspaperWe have news for you! Our June newsletter is now available in the Newsletters tab. Subscribe to the newsletter using the form in the right column of this page.

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Free Workshops on Using Less Water in the Garden

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERALearn more about how to help your garden thrive during the drought! The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are providing two upcoming workshops on using less water in the garden, including soil and mulches, watering plans, and plant types for drought years.

- June 14, 10:30am-12:30pm, Petaluma Branch Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

- June 28, 10:30am-12:30pm, Harvest for the Hungry Garden, 1717 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa.

Visit their website for more upcoming events and workshops!

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Congregational Supported Agriculture Roundtable June 12

Interfaith food logoJoin the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative for a free roundtable workshop on June 12 on Congregational Supported Agriculture, including forming a relationship with a local farm to deliver weekly boxes of seasonal fruits and veggies to participating families at your place of worship. Learn about the new Mini-Grant Program as well! 12:00-1:15pm, First United Methodist Church, 2150 Giffen Avenue, Santa Rosa. Be sure to peek in at the church’s fabulous Stony Point Community Garden, located behind the church, while you’re there!

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May CGNSC Standing Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the CGNSC Standing Committee is Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from 6:00-8:15pm at St. Joseph Health, Community Benefit offices, 1450 Medical Center Drive, Rohnert Park. Everyone with an interest in community gardening is welcome to attend. Please notify Autumn Buss, CGNSC Coordinator, at autumn@communitygardensonoma.org if you plan to attend the meeting.

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KRCB’s Health Connections: “Food System” Film on May 21

KRCB food film flyerKRCB’s Community Health Connections program, “Food System.” A delicious organic meal will be available for purchase before the screening. $15 suggested donation for film and dinner. Come say “Hi” to us at the CGNSC information table at the event! May 21, 6:00pm, Arlene Francis Center, 99 6th Street, Santa Rosa. For more information about the event and KRCB’s Community Health Connections program, contact Malinalli Lopez, 707-584-2005.

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Plants and Seeds!

Bounty Plant Sale

It’s the time of year when many gardeners’ thoughts turn to new plants and seeds, and there are several good opportunities coming up to get your hands on some in time for summer planting season:

Harvest for the Hungry Plant Sale, April 26. Last year this amazing community and demonstration garden raised 26,000 lbs. of produce to donate to local food banks. Help support this wonderful garden by visiting this popular plant sale.

West County Community Seed Exchange Monthly Gathering, April 26. Work in the seed garden, visit the seed library, and learn about  planting and harvesting your own seed from the “Three Sisters” garden of corn, beans, and squash.

Petaluma Bounty Plant Sale, May 3. Support Bounty Farm’s programs to provide food to low-income families and seniors, and get great plants for your garden. Workshops, entertainment, and kids activities, too.

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