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.


Community Garden Summit on February 7

Carrots_of_many_colorsThe community gardening event of the year is coming up! The 4th Annual Sonoma County Community Garden SummitGrowing 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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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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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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