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School Gardens for Learning

School Gardens for Learning is a longstanding grassroots approach to supporting the school garden movement in Napa County.

Over the last decade, School Gardens for Learning has evolved, but the fundamental goals remain the same: growing school gardens through building capacity, sharing resources, and supporting horticultural learning within a community of practice.

Initially, garden educators gathered monthly under the informal direction of the Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program. In 2013, we launched The School Garden Task Force as a complimentary project of the UC Master Gardeners of Napa County called.

These projects 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.

What were once parallel efforts to support garden-based education, School Gardens for Learning is a growing community of practice jointly led by school garden educators and community members.


Sustaining School Gardens through a Community of Practice

Take Advantage of School Garden Networking Opportunities

This past week offered a whirlwind of activity in the various community groups to which I belong, namely the UC Master Gardeners of Napa County School Garden Task Force  and the Napa Chapter of the Farmers Guild. Here are a few highlights, along with a gentle nudge to get involved yourself. The School Garden Task Force was…

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.