School Garden Learning Network of Napa County

About

The School Garden Learning Network is a longstanding grassroots collective dedicated to sustaining school gardens in Napa County.

Teachers in Napa County have been gathering in a number of different formatsgarden work days, networking opportunities, and professional learning–for at least a decade. Although the School Garden Learning Network has evolved, the fundamental goals remain the same: growing school gardens through building capacity, sharing resources, and supporting horticultural learning within a community of practice.

Our Roots

Agriculture in the Classroom (20xx-2014)

Initially, garden educators gathered monthly under the informal direction of the Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program.

School Garden Task Force (2013-2017)

The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County launched The School Garden Task Force to address questions from garden educators.

Napa Valley School Garden Network (2017-2020)

The above efforts eventually coalesced into Napa Valley School Garden Network, led by Louann Talbert to increase the visibility and coordination of school garden educators. From 2017-2020, educators met monthly to learn and grow together. In 2021, The School Garden Doctor became the fiscal sponsor for the School Garden Learning Network.

Projects

The Z Project

During the summer of 2019, members of the Napa Vally School Garden Network grew veggies for the cafeteria! Dubbed The Z Project, this pilot involved ten school and community gardens in growing, harvesting, and selling zucchini/summer squash to for school lunch. Read more about The Z Project in The Napa Register.

Volunteer Portal

Under the direction of Erica Lee, former Project Coordinator for SNAP Education, the School Garden Learning Network set up a way to recruit community volunteers to community events and garden work days. If you would like to post volunteer opportunities on CVNL please register here.