It’s my favorite day of the year: the summer solstice! Like plants, I really like light. Nothing motivates me more than a long, sunny day!
As the official kickoff of summer, June 21st will enjoy a 14-hour-and-46-minute-day length in Northern California.That’s a lot of time to photosynthesize the sun’s energy. It’s also a great time to plant flowers, herbs, and vegetables you didn’t get in the ground at home because you were busy tending the school garden at the end of the year.
Read on for summer school garden news, events, and opportunities.
The Z Project Goes Live!
Earlier this week, Napa’s Garden-to-Cafeteria pilot program was launched! Thanks to The CanDo Connection, the community is learning about this collaborative project. NV CanDo also donated space, materials, and volunteer labor to sow more than 100 zucchini seeds.
In addition to two community gardens, three NVUSD school gardens have committed to participate as growers: Harvest and River Middle Schools and Pueblo Vista Magnet School. Several more are awaiting their Approved Source status from Napa County.
There’s still time to sow zucchini plants to grow with us! Look for The School Garden Doctor at the Napa Farmers Market on July 2nd to get your free zucchini seedling.
Pueblo Vista Culinary Garden Goes on Tour!
On Sunday, June 2nd, Pueblo Vista Magnet School was featured on the Bay Friendly Garden Tour. Hosted by the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) for the eighth year in a row, the tour aims to educate the public about how landscape design can minimize resource use. Read more…
National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium
In July, I will travel to my home state to deliver two presentations in Madison, WI: School Gardens Are For the Birds: Bonding with Youth Birders and Dirt Girls to the Rescue! Gender Equity and Empowerment. Based on successful site-based programs I’ve developed, these talks will address the rationale for crafting experiences that engage youth in authentic science and peer-to-peer learning.
For more information about professional learning, curricular integration, or program development, visit https://www.schoolgardendoctor.org/programs.
Summer Gardening Resources for School Gardens
Teleflora’s Summer Planting Guide
Sloat Garden Center Bay Area Garden Monthly Calendar