Many local resources are available to help Solano County schools. Do you have expertise or materials to offer? Contact us and we’ll be happy to include you on this list.
To connect with a master gardener, call Solano County’s UC Cooperative Extension. Jennifer Baumbach, Master Gardener Program Coordinator, will do her best to pair you with a Master Gardener volunteer who can consult on your school garden.
RED WORMS AND SEEDS
Loma Vista Farm is a program of the Vallejo City Unified School District. Funding is also provided by the nonprofit, Friends of Loma Vista Farm. The Farm offers hands-on agriculture education to students and is open to the public. The Farm consists of 5 acres of organic produce, orchards and gardens. It is home to a variety of farm animals and boasts a large greenhouse with plants for sale year round.
To support other school gardens, Loma Vista Farm shares extra seeds that were donated and red worms for composting. Contact:
MANURE, UNSEXED CHICKENS, AND LAYING HENS
Steer, chicken or horse manure is available.
Unsexed chickens are $3 and laying hens are $20-$25.
Contact Sue Chan DVM for details and arrangements at 530-219-0897.
CETA Foundation/Phoenix Ranch
5046 Midway Rd, Vacaville
AN ABUNDANCE TO SHARE?
If your garden runneth over, the Urban Farmers at theurbanfarmers.org can help feed the hungry.
This grassroots, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will send in a team to harvest fresh backyard fruit for donation to the needy.
AN INTERESTING FUNDING SOURCE
This nonprofit was started by a Bronx school teacher who wanted public school teachers to
be able to fund projects and experiences for their students that were not funded
through school district allocations. The website connects individuals directly
with classrooms in need, and the site accepts small contributions as
well as large. This is ideal for a school garden project.
The Education and Environment Initiative (EEI) is a free, state-sponsored K-12 Curriculum that teaches science and history-social science standards through an environmental lens. Free EEI classroom materials available.
Click on the “For Educators” tab for more school garden resources, curricula and activity guides.
THE EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD
The Edible Schoolyard Network connects educators around the world to build and share a K-12 edible education curriculum. Search for resources by program type, resource type, grade level, subject or season.
LOMA VISTA FARM
Loma Vista Farm has a valuable section on teacher resources that includes a bibliography, lesson plans for agriculture in the classroom that are
downloadable and aligned with California state standards, and links to other resources.
SOIL BORN FARMS
Their mission is to create an urban agriculture and education project that empowers youth and adults to discover and participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment and grows a sustainable community. They offer classes and resources for school gardens, home gardens and more.
SLOW FOOD USA – NATIONAL GARDEN PROGRAM
Many resources available including evaluation, fundraising and teacher training. Chapters all over the country share knowledge and network.