The Community Garden Network of Sonoma County (CGN) 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.
CGN is thrilled to announce the Fall Festival, October 25 from 11:30-3:30: A fun-filled event for the whole family and our first-ever fundraiser, generously hosted by Healdsburg Senior Living (HSL)! Entrance is only $5 for adults (kids get in free) and includes seasonal food featuring produce from HSL’s garden, wine tasting, live music by the Jami Jamison Band, gardening mini-workshops by local experts on topics such as seed-saving and worm composting, and kids activities including face-painting and balloon art. Visit the booths of more than 20 local food and garden vendors, and enter the raffle for many wonderful prizes donated by local businesses.
Don’t miss the Pumpkin Contest! Bring your homegrown pumpkins for judging in the following categories: Biggest, smallest, scariest, funniest, and most unusual. Enter your pumpkin(s) between 11:30-12:30. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at 1:00.
Explore the Garden Rummage Sale–Do you have gently used, good condition garden tools and supplies that are ready for a new home? Bring them along to donate to the sale! Looking for some new-to-you garden equipment? Come browse the sale and get great deals!
The Fall Festival will take place at Healdsburg Senior Living, 725 Grove Street (across from Seghesio Winery), 707-433-4877. All proceeds support the Leadership Course for Community Gardeners and other CGN programs. For more details view the Fall Festival flyer. Vea el volante del Festival de Otoño para información en Español. Don’t miss this spectacular event!
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We have great news! As of October 1, 2014, CGN has become a program of Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP). CAP has been partnering with low income families and individuals to help them achieve economic and social stability, to build community, and to advocate for social and economic justice since 1967 and has a rich history and strong allies in Sonoma County. By joining CAP, CGN will be able to broaden the reach of its programs and place a strong emphasis on promoting community gardening in neighborhoods and among county residents who face particular challenges in accessing healthy, affordable, fresh food. We are excited about this next step in CGN’s development and the opportunities that it presents. For more details, please read the Press Release. Stay tuned for more updates as this new partnership unfolds!
Look for CGNSC and other local food and farm-related organizations at the ”Sonoma County Farms Forever” booth in the Grace Pavilion at the 4th Annual National Heirloom Expo, September 9-11 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
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In response to the drought emergency, the City of Santa Rosa is holding a free DIY Outdoor Drought Solutions event on Saturday, August 23 from 10am-4pm at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa.
Dig in and learn practical, ‘do-it-yourself’ solutions from the experts including how to sheet-mulch your lawn, convert to drip irrigation, choose drought tolerant plants, install greywater and rainwater harvesting systems, and more! This family-friendly event will have a free kids’ activity area and there will be giveaways throughout the day. Staff from the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Water Agency will be on hand to provide information about rebate programs and educational resources. The event will be located at the north end of the Coddingtown Mall parking lot adjacent to Guerneville Road and the Northwest Regional Library building.
The 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-360-5060 for information (Se habla español). In Sebastopol: Skategarden Community Garden–contact Maureen McCabe at email@example.com. Does YOUR garden have plots available? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make an announcement.
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Learn 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!