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.


Check out the CGN November Newsletter

Girl reading newspaperWe have news for you! Our November 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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Funding Available for Gardens!

moneyThe Santa Rosa Garden Club is once again offering its Community Garden Project grant program for community gardens throughout Sonoma County. Application deadline is December 1, 2014. Click here for more information and application instructions.

In addition, the application period is now open for the Sow It Forward grant program. Sow It Forward is the grants and partnership program of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI). The grant is for nonprofit causes or organizations interested in starting or expanding food garden projects that are of general benefit to their community.  Past grantees include school gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, and homeless shelter gardens, among others. Grants range from $325-$500 in value. The application deadline is January 9, 2015. For more information and to apply, visit the KGI website: http://kgi.org/grants.

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Thank you to our supporting businesses

Veg heartCGN’s Fall Festival fundraising event at Healdsburg Senior Living (HSL) was a big success! We wish to offer our heartfelt thanks to HSL for being a such a generous and gracious host, and we are also grateful to the local businesses that donated prizes for our raffle and silent auction. Thanks for your support!

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CGN Joins Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County

CAPAnniversaryLogo (2)We have great news! In October 2014, CGN became 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!

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“Symphony of the Soil” Screening November 6

Symphony of hte soilTLC Community Garden in Santa Rosa will host a free screening of the film Symphony of the Soil on November 6 at 7:00pm, with an appearance by the author, director, and producer of the film, Deborah Koons Garcia. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Location: Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, 1225 Fulton Road at W. College, Santa Rosa. For more details view the event flyer.

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Fall Festival and Fundraiser for CGN on October 25

Fall Festival 2014 flyerCGN 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.

Fall Festival Flyer-Spa (1)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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Check out the CGN October Newsletter

3d kids reading newspaperWe have news for you! Our October 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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Come Visit Us at the Heirloom Expo September 9-10-11

heirloom expoLook 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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Check out the CGN August Newsletter

3d kids reading newspaperWe have news for you! Our August 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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DIY Outdoor Drought Solutions Event on August 23

quell logoIn 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.

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