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 February Newsletter

Girl reading newspaperWe have news for you! Our February 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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Community Garden Summit THIS SATURDAY, February 7

Carrots_of_many_colorsThe community gardening event of the year is THIS SATURDAY! The 4th Annual Sonoma County Community Garden Summit, Growing Successful Gardens, will take place on Saturday, February 7, 1:00-4:30pm at Lawrence Cook Middle School (Cafeteria), 2480 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa.

  • Meet and network with other community gardeners

  • Hear inspiring community garden stories

  • Connect with Master Gardeners interested in mentoring community gardens

  • Learn at workshops on garden governance, community garden finances, food gardening in small spaces, and growing more vegetables with less water

  • Find out what the Community Garden Network is doing now

  • Bring your seeds to join in the Seed Swap

Refreshments, childcare, and Spanish translation will be provided. The Summit is a FREE event. Anyone with an interest in community gardening is welcome to attend. Please view the Summit event flyer here.

Also, please join us for pre-Summit Tours of two community gardens on the morning of February 7. Meet at the gardens. Rain cancels tours (but the Summit is rain-or-shine).

10:30-11:15–Tour of Knox Community Garden, 1650 West Third Street, Santa Rosa

11:30-12:15–Tour of Bayer Farm and Community Garden, 1550 West Avenue, Santa Rosa

For more information about the Summit, please contact Autumn Buss, Program Manager, at 707-544-6911 x1009 or abuss@capsonoma.org

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School Garden Educator and Coordinator Position Available

The Community Soil Foundation is hiring a School Garden Educator and Coordinator for its programs for students of the Mark West Union School District. See the full job description here.

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Grant Application Deadline Extended to January 16

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The Sow It Forward grant deadline has been extended to January 16. 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. For more information and to apply, visit the KGI website: http://kgi.org/grants.

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Free Trees for Community Gardens–Apply by February 1

Apple_treeIn honor of Arbor Day 2015, the Santa Rosa Garden Club is generously offering a free tree to community gardens throughout Sonoma County. Arbor Day is April 24, and in preparation the Garden Club is providing trees on March 7 in honor of Luther Burbank’s birthday. To apply for a tree for your community garden, please contact Kay Campbell at 707-526-5788, by February 1.

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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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