We will gather at the beautiful Larkfield Community Garden and begin our day promptly at 9am. Following a brief introduction, we will dive into curriculum resources and planning. Anne Loarie, SGN's Program Director, will facilitate this piece, showcasing SGN's favorite resources and helping participants integrate their plans by sequencing garden activities into a curricular framework.
Catherine Sieck, Garden Coordinator at Larkfield Community Garden & Learning Center, will guide the group in Garden Design & Crop Planning. She will share her crop plan, as well as others resource, and lead participants through the process of planning their school garden for an abundant year ahead. We will also discuss cover cropping, garden bed preparation and harvesting techniques.
Next Kaelyn Ramsden, SGN Workshop Coordinator and former school garden teacher, will lead the group in harvesting and preparing a balanced and nutritious garden lunch with the bounty of the season.
Our afternoon sessions will include a brief tour of the garden with Nancy Johnson, the School Garden Educator at Larkfield Community Garden. Following the tour will be a hands-on lesson in irrigation fundamentals that includes demystifying drip irrigation, building a manifold, and repairing irrigation in the garden.
Free plants and seeds available, as well as a plethora of resources to view and explore.
The Larkfield Community Garden & Learning Center is a vibrant outdoor classroom for the public to grow food, be physically active, and connect with each other in a culturally relevant space. In partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks and Mark West Union School District, the organization Community Soil Foundation teaches concepts of environmental stewardship and personal health to youth and adults through gardening, restoration projects, and volunteer-driven fieldwork.
Catherine is both an artist and gardener, and she views these practices as deeply intertwined. She has lived and worked at the Occidental Arts and Ecology center, studying and practicing Permaculture design and bio-intensive gardening. She is passionate about the intersection of land tending, food growing, community building and art making, and she is grateful to share these passions in her role as the Garden Coordinator for the Larkfield Community Garden.
Kaelyn is an educator, writer and gardener whose work for the last decade has been dedicated to deepening relationships between people and their place through outdoor education and farming. Her commitment to building just and regenerative food systems took root at UC Santa Cruz where she earned her BA in Environmental Justice and Political Science. Since 2011, Kaelyn has directed environmental youth programs within the non profit sector; run school garden programs in both public and charter schools; and led workshops for teachers, administrators and school garden coordinators on growing and sustaining their school garden programs.
Steve Ehrmann has worked with the School Garden Network Irrigation Team for the last 4 summers, drawing from installation experience of drip and lawn irrigation on his various residences since the mid-1980's. Steve has been in the Master Gardener program since 2016, where he presents various library talks. He's participated in the California Rare Fruit Growers association for the last 16 years, doing extensive grafting of various fruit tree varieties for his orchard and for friends.