You know fall is here when Napa Valley gets a light rain. I was not in town for the first drizzle of the season, but I can imagine the dewey smell. The first rain always feels so refreshing, just that little bit of moisture to capture the dust and pollen and give those drought-tolerant plants a quick drink.
Humidity brings a reprieve from the heat, but it also harbors pests. Keep an eye on your crops, especially fungus damage on cucurbits (e.g., powdery mildew). Be prepared to remove infected plants earlier than expected. This year, the fall equinox is on 9/23, but the shift in weather has already signaled senescence, the loss of cell growth and division.
Read on for more fall school garden news, events, and opportunities…
Latest Blog Post: How Do You Like Your Zs?
The Napa Valley School Garden Network is preparing to evaluate The Z Project, a garden-to-cafeteria pilot! Join the debrief conversation on September 23rd at 3:30 pm at NOSH (1360 Menlo Ave.). Tour of the new NVUSD central kitchen to follow. Growers strongly encouraged to attend. All others welcome! Not able to attend? You can read about The Z Project in the Napa Valley Register.
National Heirloom Exposition
Carrie and Marisol engaged nearly 400 children with two kid-friendly activities as part of the Kids’ Pavilion hosted by the Sonoma School Garden Network on September 10-12th in Santa Rosa.
UC Master Gardeners of Napa County
Come make a “Mustard Monster” and explore more than 20 educational booths showcasing creative master gardener projects and select nonprofit organizations at the second Fall Faire on October 5th.
Featured Lesson: Decomposition Mission
Fall Gardening Resources
- Kids Gardening Put Your School Garden to Bed
- MSU Extension Cover Crops as a Learning Tool in School Gardens
- North Coast Journal Growing Gorgeous Garlic
Professional Learning Opportunities for Teachers
- September 26th: School Garden Support Organization Network is introducing the webinar, Volunteer Management and Community Support
- October 9th Soil Born Farms staff are teaching this one-day intensive: Plan, Design and Build a School Garden.
- October 13th: Life Lab is offering an exclusive Santa Cruz County Educator rate to their 40th Gala Dinner (Educator Discount Code: GalaEdu2019)
- October 19th: The School Garden Doctor is facilitating a new course, Sustaining School Gardens Using a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Approach.
- October 29th: UC Master Gardeners of Napa County will present the Learning Hour, Fall Basics: Garlic, Cover Crops, and Fall Soil Preparation.
- November 9th: School Garden Network of Sonoma County Workshop is hosting the workshop, Designing Your NGSS Schoolyard Habitat.